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Simon Gray: Playwright, novelist and author of a series of hilarious, irascible memoirs

Few writers – even those who present a carefully nurtured, self-deprecatory public image – have pursued so many careers, all involving ferociously committed hard graft, as Simon Gray. Successful as academic, novelist and dramatist for stage, television and radio, he found in several volumes as a later-life memoirist the ideal outlet for a rich seam of material, variously bilious, hilarious, irascible and on occasion deeply affecting, as he reflected on his life as an accident-prone, chain-smoking ex-alcoholic and, latterly, cancer-suffering writer.

...Some Trace of Her, National Theatre: Cottesloe, London

Ben Whishaw – who is soon to be seen as Sebastian in the film of Brideshead Revisited – is a striking theatrical performer and a haunting camera-subject. He gets to demonstrate that he's both in the latest, extraordinarily compelling, multi-media piece by the controversial, audience-polarising director Katie Mitchell.

An Atlas of Impossible Longing, by Anuradha Roy

A history at risk as the waters rise

Banned TS Eliot portrait goes on show

A portrait of the poet T S Eliot rejected by the Royal Academy in 1938 because it featured phallic references will be displayed at the National Portrait Gallery in a new exhibition.

Paperback: Shakespeare the Thinker, by AD Nuttall

From Ben Jonson to TS Eliot, more purely intellectual writers have judged Shakespeare's "disorderly plenitude" a scandal as well as a wonder. This beguiling book – charmingly written, utterly readable – by the late, great critic takes on the charge that the Bard's mind was a mess, however high his imagination soared. Play by play, Nuttall champions a teasing, nimble pragmatist who exposed the flaws in every limiting system as a "philosopher of human possibility". Even if you overlook its gentle critical polemic (against doctrinaire literary theorists and historicists), the book offers a wise, lucid, reader-friendly guide to the complete works.

The winners of this year's National Poetry Competition

The UK's biggest poetry competition, founded in 1978, attracts thousands of entries – here are this year's winners

A New Waste Land, By Michael Horovitz

From bad to verse: a poetic rant about Blair, Bush and the evil politicians do

The lady vanishes: What ever happened to Fenella Fielding?

She wowed Noel Coward, fascinated Fellini and seemed destined to become a huge star. But after a vampish turn in 1966's 'Carry on Screaming', Fenella Fielding's film career never recovered. Here, she tells her amazing story – and reveals why her latest showbusiness venture has gone horribly wrong

Letters cast new light on misunderstood poet Ezra Pound

With T S Eliot, Ezra Pound revolutionised English literature. Eliot's ground breaking poem The Waste Land, published in 1922, was the first truly modernist poem and was edited by Pound.

Paperback: A Case of Two Cities, By Qiu Xiaolong

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Party in the Blitz by Elias Canetti, trs Michael Hofmann

The monsters that stalked Hampstead

Books: A growl in his voice, a twinkle in his eye

Geoffrey Hill rarely gives interviews. His poetry can resemble `someone flailing a bicycle chain about his head'. And, as Nicholas Lezard discovers, he never forgets a slight

Tales of the City: I'm only here for the smut

This week, I found myself in the most distinguished peepshow imaginable. It was at Sotheby's where, today, they're holding an auction of the most astonishing literary stuff I've ever come across.

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