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The Stranger's Child, By Alan Hollinghurst
Zero Degrees of Empathy, By Simon Baron-Cohen
Empire, By Jeremy Paxman
Dear Zarl, By Zarghuna Kargar
The Immortal Dinner, By Penelope Hughes-Hallett
Sunday 10 June 2012
Paperback reviews of the week
Thursday 31 May 2012
An opera about British terrorists planning an attack? Arifa Akbar asks the creators of 'Babur in London' how they negotiated a cultural minefield
Wednesday 23 May 2012
The wills of millions of famous Britons including Florence Nightingale and Winston Churchill are being published online for the first time.
Sunday 22 April 2012
While our image of Notting Hill today may be of a wealthy person's retreat, the area had a more bohemian and radical reputation when I was growing up. A combination of West Indian culture and a punky vibe made it irresistibly glamorous and edgy to me and my friends. It was the land of sound systems, skateboarders, the Clash, the Westway, the Mutoid Waste Company, the carnival and head shops on Portobello Road. It was home to Rough Trade (where I worked for a year when I was 21), Whole Earth foods, second-hand clothes shops and stalls on Portobello Green run by artists. It was the Notting Hill of Jimi Hendrix and of John Michell, the celebrated late cosmologist and author. I suppose it represented creative freedom.
Sunday 04 March 2012
The greatest of his generation
Friday 24 February 2012
Director Grant Gee follows up his Joy Division documentary with a film about cult writer W G Sebald. Sebald's influential novel The Rings of Saturn is the subject of Patience (After Sebald). It looks at the life and work of the writer by retracing the journey at the heart of one his most celebrated books, in which Sebald embarks on a walk, spanning several days, along Suffolk's coastline.
Friday 24 February 2012
Barack Obama marked its launch, but not everyone welcomes the new addition to the Smithsonian family
Monday 13 February 2012
Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann is a long and convoluted work which usually comes over as an implausible amalgam of Faust and Coppelia.
Monday 23 January 2012
Originally scheduled to take place at Wilton’s Music Hall, this event – part book launch, part celebration, part poetry slam – sold out so quickly the organisers hurriedly moved it to the larger Clapham Grand, confirmation of both the resurgent interest in poetry and the lingering affection for the artist universally recognised as the prototype rapper.
Sunday 22 January 2012
He was the best of men; he was the worst of men
Friday 20 January 2012
Perhaps it is a sign of the times. Everywhere you look, philosophers are climbing down from their ivory towers, abandoning more abstract pursuits in favour of practical advice on how to live. Roman Krznaric is best known for his work promoting empathy as an active force for change and his questioning of modern patterns of work. His latest book is based on a premise so simple it is surprising no one has highlighted it before.
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