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Citadel, By Kate Mosse

This final act in a captivating trilogy combines period thrills with supernatural chills

Silent Hill: Book of Memories – Review

Memoirs hardly worth remembering.
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First Night: The River, Royal Court Theatre, London

Lyrical and sublime, Butterworth’s triumph is the hottest ticket in town

Loserville, Garrick Theatre, London

With the pioneering verbatim-based London Road at the National and the RSC's exuberant Matilda conquering the West End, the British musical has been showing signs of bold, fresh life in the past couple of years.

Kiki Smith: Behold, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London

A woman exhales a cloud of faint colour. Her expression is caught in profile, one feeble hand propping up her chin. She stares into the cloud as though she could divine her future there. While the colours are chimeric – pink, and yellow, and lilac – her face is impassive, even hard. She seems almost bored by her own magical power.

What is it about neon on a gallery wall that gets us so switched on?

For transcendence with an on-and-off switch, there's nothing like neon.

'Big society' makes it into Brewer's Dictionary

Big society, Chipping Norton set, app and tablet are just some of the phrases to make it into the latest edition of the Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable.

Ylva Kihlberg (far left) as EM in Opera North's 'Makropulos Case'

The Makropulos Case, Festival Theatre, Edinburgh
A Mass of Life, Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Proms 42 & 44, Royal Albert Hall, London

Opera North's production of Janacek's bristling comedy of ageing and identity is stylish, salty, sardonic

Haute cuisine: the Piacere restaurant has elevated views

Room Service: Shangri-La Tokyo, Japan

Lost horizon at the top of a tower

The Blagger's Guide To: Oldies

Will you still need me? Will you still feed me?

Christian Bale as Batman in The Dark Knight Rises

First Night: The Dark Knight Rises (Director: Christopher Nolan)

Batman's back for a spectacular (if spectacularly long) adventure

Enya

Observations: It’s time to go with the flow and appreciate the genius of Enya

In David Fincher’s recent adaptation of The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo, events build to a grizzly crescendo in the basement of a sleek Swedish house.

Asked about winning the final, Murray answered: 'It would be very nice.' He's not one for hyperbole

All thrills, hardly any spills, as Murray storms into the final. How very un-British...

Charlie Cooper reports from SW19 on a semi that didn't end in tears

7 Days in Havana (NC)

Seven short films, each by a different director, on the magical variety of Cuba's capital.

A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar, By Suzanne Johnson

A tale of quirky women who operate outside the mainstream

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Power dressing is back

But banish all thoughts of Eighties shoulderpads
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Promises, promises

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The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
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Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

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Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction shows the perils of fame in the age of social media

The only direction Zayn could go

We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

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From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

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Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

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Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

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