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In the Critics this week

J D Salinger, Natasha Walter and the strange world of charity pop singles.

On today's culture pages, we have not one but two fantastic pieces on J D Salinger. Elsewhere, John Gray finds fault with the apocalyptic theories of Daniel Jonah Goldhagen.

You'll also find Ryan Gilbey's review of Invictus, Clint Eastwood's ode to Nelson Mandela, and -- take cover -- Daniel Trilling unpicks the new Simon Cowell charity single.

Plus, there's more to follow over the coming days, including Rachel Cooke on Mo Mowlam, Bidisha on books by Natasha Walter and Nina Power, and Jonathan Derbyshire on Tate Liverpool's unmissable new exhibition, "Afro Modern: Journeys through the Black Atlantic".

And if you can't wait, then head straight for your local newsagent, where you can pick up a copy of the magazine today.