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The Republic of Pirates by Colin Woodward | Book review

The Republic of Pirates by Colin Woodward
BOOK REVIEW

From Captain Hook to Captain Jack Sparrow, pirates have always enthralled with their swashbuckling antics and charm offensive. So much so that romantic notions of heroic rascals at the helm of great ships, swinging from the rigs with sword [read more]

The Vacationers by Emma Straub | Book review

The Vacationers by Emma Straub
BOOK REVIEW

The Vacationers by Emma Straub is a rare gem that captures the voice of every character it wraps its pages around. In this sense comparable to Mark Haddon’s family drama The Red House, this second work from New York-based Straub is an [read more]

The Love Book by Allie Esiri | Book review

The Love Book by Allie Esiri
BOOK REVIEW

Love is the most abused emotion in almost every language across the world. We throw it around, bathe one another in it til our fingers are pruny, spell it out on t-shirts, think on it endlessly. Yet to each of us it is something unique, [read more]

How to Be a Heroine by Samantha Ellis | Book review

How to Be a Heroine by Samantha Ellis
BOOK REVIEW

You can never read too much. Samantha Ellis proves it through this laugh-out-loud, intensely observed journey through her colourful life, measured against her literary heroines (or, as some turn out, villains and tricksters). “Or, [read more]

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent | Book review

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
BOOK REVIEW

The reputation of this debut novel precedes it. In this case it has created an expectation that unfortunately the book cannot match. First impressions are important, and this is so obviously signposted that it is almost patronising. The [read more]

The Railway Man by Eric Lomax | Book review

The Railway Man by Eric Lomax
BOOK REVIEW

Honest, painstakingly descriptive and yet somehow oddly detached, Eric Lomax’s autobiography The Railway Man provocatively gives a narrative voice to the atrocities endured by prisoners of war subjugated and enslaved to work on the [read more]

The Madness of July launch with author James Naughtie

The Madness of July launch with author James Naughtie

From a background of BBC Radio 4, presenting the Today programme since 1994, comes the latest author of the crime/thriller genre James Naughtie. Launching his first book, The Madness of July, in the prestigious surrounds of the Institute [read more]

The Examined Life by Stephen Grosz | Book review

The Examined Life by Stephen Grosz
BOOK REVIEW

So significant that it should be read by absolutely everyone, Stephen Grosz’s The Examined Life is a masterpiece of observation and empathy. By turns disturbing and intensely moving, this book explores layers of human experience through [read more]

We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo | Book review

We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo
BOOK REVIEW

NoViolet Bulawayo was born and raised in Zimbabwe. After her A-levels she moved to the US where she continued her college education, eventually completing a MA in Creative Writing at Cornell University where she was awarded the Truman [read more]

INTERZONE: celebrating 100 years of William S Burroughs

INTERZONE: celebrating 100 years of William S Burroughs

Putting William S Burroughs’ life and work into just one evening was bound to be an unique event. Unsure what to expect and the only certainty – given the theme – was to expect the seedy, the sordid and the downright unusual. [read more]

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Tribeca Film Festival 2014: Vanity Fair Party
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Translations at the Rose | Theatre review
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After debuting in Sheffield in February, director James Grieve has brought his revival of Brian Friel’s play [read more]

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