Suspect stabbed his friend to death after victim insisted prose was superior as literary genre
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Friday 29 November 2013
The Selected Poems of Robert Graves (1895-1985) (Faber, £15.99), edited by Michael Longley, is a superb re-introduction to a vastly influential poet who has become almost a secret to the young. War poet, lover, servant of the pitiless muse, comedian – Robert Graves was all these, and blessed with the finest poetic ear of his time.
Costa Book Awards 2013: Much-loved author Clive James 'very pleased' with nomination for The Divine Comedy
Tuesday 26 November 2013
Television presenter reveals that Dan Brown had read his version and called it 'quite clever'
Sunday 17 November 2013
After the moving encore came the tears
Friday 15 November 2013
"I wonder," says Daniel, the grieving narrator of this slim, haunting novel, "if I am making him in to something more than he was because he was my father."
Wednesday 13 November 2013
In January 1966, a 17-year-old model, Lesley Hornby, had her hair cut short by celebrity Mayfair stylist Leonard – and Twiggy and her gamine crop went on to become an icon of the Swinging Sixties.
On the agenda: Justin Timberlake; One Direction perfume; I'm A Celebrity; Paloma Faith exhibition; the Ashes Down Under
Sunday 10 November 2013
Middle-class problems: Cards
Friday 11 October 2013
As a child I used to think poetry was written exclusively by dead men; that it was a benefit extended to them well after their bones were disintegrating, or they floated about on clouds strumming harps, or whatever it was dead people did.
Friday 04 October 2013
Country parson, and poet of genius, this quietly intense visionary has the biography he merits
Wednesday 02 October 2013
Historian Simon Sebag Montefiore, the author of two books on Stalinist Russia, has also turned his hand to fiction. Inspired by "several true stories", this latest novel revisits Moscow during the last years of Stalin, the Red Tsar – an era characterised by paranoia and high-level betrayals. As the book's epilogue reminds us, "the familiar dilemmas of family life, the prizes and perils of children, adultery and career, have higher stakes than if the story was set in Hampstead."
Tuesday 01 October 2013
Former maths teacher’s recollection of an unorthodox lesson was a ‘delight’ for judges
Friday 27 September 2013
National Gallery of Art, Washington DC
Thursday 26 September 2013
A poet?! You have 10 seconds before I switch off… 10, 9 –
Sunday 22 September 2013
A sideways look at the world of music
Sunday 22 September 2013
What's really going on in the world of books
In defence of liberal democracy
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The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
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