There is a character in this novel called Melecio, a precociously multi-talented child from a penniless village who can spontaneously compose poetry and single-handedly invents Art Deco architecture when he is just 16. The narrator turns out to be a similarly gifted individual whose literary ability is recognised from an early age. You may read something into the fact that the author is the Cuban dancer Carlos Acosta, whose extraordinary ballet skill was recognised globally when he was still in his teens. He is now an actor and choreographer whose autobiography, No Way Home, was released to great acclaim in 2007.
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Tuesday 15 July 2008
A video of a weeping Canadian teenager being interviewed at Guantanamo Bay over the killing of a US soldier has been released.
Thursday 13 March 2008
Women who give up smoking in pregnancy have more relaxed children, research suggests. At nine months, children of women who quit while pregnant were more positive, more receptive to new things and more likely to have regular sleeping and eating patterns.
Tuesday 06 June 2006
Sunday 30 April 2006
Thursday 27 October 2005
Sunday 31 July 2005
Saturday 30 July 2005
Tuesday 01 March 2005
Friday 18 February 2005
Richard Barrett's new orchestral work, NO (Resistance and Vision, Part 1) is an impressive and powerful piece that, as its title suggests, challenges all involved.
Saturday 18 December 2004
Police are searching for an eight-month-old foetus that was cut from the body of her murdered mother and stolen by her attackers in Missouri. Officials said they believe the baby girl could still be alive.
Saturday 07 August 2004
- 1 Dear Sir Jimmy Savile: A comedian's words of valediction to the nation's trusted uncle
- 2 Gurdwaras-turned-food banks: Sikh temples are catering for rise in Britain’s hungry
- 3 Teenage girl convicted of robbery after taking pre-crime selfie wielding knife
- 4 Newly vegan Beyoncé wears fox fur to dine in meat free restaurant
- 5 'I'm experiencing austerity as well', says Princess Michael of Kent