You will look in vain for an ode to broccoli. And that is because broccoli is rubbish

We will fight them on the beaches...

Benidorm introduces tough new rules aimed at out-of-control tourists in attempt to become a Unesco World Heritage Site

Lover of Unreason: The Life and Tragic Death of Assia Wevill, By Yehuda Koren and Eilat Negev

The excruciatingly painful end of this fascinating biography – Assia Wevill would gas herself and Shura, her daughter by Ted Hughes, to death – overshadows everything we can learn about this unfortunate woman, even as we fantasize, as with all suicides, that we can still save her somehow before the last page and rewrite her story.

Selected Poems, By Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin

This stunning Northern Irish poet is easily on a par with famous Seamus

Covert Stories: Water Cumbrian Literature Festival; Gore Vidal; The Friday Project

* For those within striking distance of the Lake District, the annual Words by the Water Cumbrian Literature Festival kicks off today for 10 days, on the shores of the lake at Keswick. Wordsworth is, of course, on the menu – so, too, Bob Dylan. There's a good deal of poetry in fact, including Blake Morrison, Alice Oswald, Sean O'Brien and Sylvia Plath, but the wide-ranging programme includes Roy Hattersley, Maggi Hambling, Mary Warnock and Lynne Truss. There's also a rare chance to hear Dr Rosalind Rawnsley, granddaughter of Canon Rawnsley, co-founder of the National Trust, in the Rawnsley family home, in a room designed by the Canon. Full details of the Festival at www.wordsbythewater.org.uk

Mad, Bad and Sad, by Lisa Appignanesi

From chains to couches

Rachel Howard: How To Disappear Completely, Haunch of Venison, London

A voyage to the dark side

Make war, not peace: Mitchell attacks Joan 'break your legs' Baez

Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez may have strummed their way through the golden age of the peaceniks, preaching love and tolerance, but it seems that, behind the scenes, the sisterhood of the flower power era was riven by more base instincts.


Like everyone's book shelves, mine have boundaries, categories and subdivisions visible only to myself. Books I read in a particular place, books that were all given to me by a certain person. As a rule, I usually keep fiction and non-fiction separate, except for one row of books on a high shelf.

Wintering, by Kate Moses

Ruth Padel finds a drowsy numbness in a novel of Sylvia and Ted

On Not Being Able to Sleep: psychoanalysis and the modern world, by Jacqueline Rose

A daughter of Freud gets to grips with shame

Arts: Theatre: A long day's journey into nightmare


Books: Order and comfort in an unruly world

Time to be in Earnest: a fragment of autobiography by P D James Faber pounds 16.99
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Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
10 best reed diffusers

Heaven scent: 10 best reed diffusers

Keep your rooms smelling summery and fresh with one of these subtle but distinctive home fragrances that’ll last you months
Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

There’s no favourites and with no headguards anything could happen
Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform