The latest on books and the arts


In the Critics this week

Tudor obsessions, Vladimir Nabokov and Cuba's child boxers.

This week, our art critic Tim Adams explores the current mania for all things Tudor, starting with the National Gallery's exhibition of Paul Delaroche's The Execution of Lady Jane Grey. In Books, Lesley Chamberlain is impressed by a piece of literary detective work that investigates the hidden meanings of Vladimir Nabokov's novels, while John Gray delves in to the conspiracy-ridden world of anarchist subversives at the turn of the last century.

Elswewhere, Rachel Cooke enjoys Bill Buford's food tour of France, Leo Robson reviews the new Ian McEwan novel, Melissa Benn salutes the literary life of Maggie Gee and Jonathan Safran Foer explains what it was like growing up in a house of young prodigies.

Plus, we have columns from the rest of our award-winning critics: Daniel Trilling on grime, Ryan Gilbey on Cuba's child boxers, Andrew Billen on the sequel to Phantom of the Opera, Antonia Quirke on a radio tribute to Jacques Brel and Will Self on the modern lynch mob.

The issue is on sale now, or you can subscribe via the website.

Next Article