The Vegetable Gardener by Giuseppe Arcimboldo
From food and shelter to Nigella and Kirstie: the rise of lifestyle
By Jane Shilling - 06 March 10:02

Two new books on cooking and interiors explore 20th century society's biggest paradigm shift.

Same generation: Girls cast members at a panel discussion in Pasadena this January
Privilege and post-feminism: Eat My Heart Out by Zoe Pilger
By Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett - 06 March 10:00

Like the US TV series Girls – but for people who went to Cambridge.

Life of crime: Val McDermid, pictured in 2004, has recently returned to Scotland
Val McDermid: living the tartan noir in Edinburgh
By Val McDermid - 06 March 10:00

The Scottish capital has a long tradition of crime fiction. Now one of the genre’s modern proponents comes home.

A pro-independence Scot at a rally in Edinburgh. Photo: David Moir/Reuters
The rise of Borgen nationalism
By Andrew Marr - 06 March 10:00

The conundrum of Britishness and the condition of Scotland.

Voice of an alien: Charlotte Church performs her new EP Four with a sci-fi show in London, 5 March. (Photo: Getty)
Geek culture has gone mainstream – and that’s bringing its own problems
By Laurie Penny - 05 March 13:09

Mainstream media have, until recently, been hostile to geeks – who have been hostile back. How do we break the cycle?

Jonathan Ross and his wife Jane Goldman, a former Hugo Award winner. Photo: Getty
Jonathan Ross and the Hugo awards: why was he forced out by science fiction's self-appointed gatekeepers?
By Hayley Campbell - 04 March 12:10

A Twitter campaign forced Jonathan Ross to pull out of hosting an awards ceremony for science fiction books. Was it purely a reaction to his controversial jokes - or were some people more concerned with keeping SFF "pure"?

No dying of this light: All the Rage by A L Kennedy
By Philip Maughan - 04 March 11:00

The 12 stories in A L Kennedy’s latest collection revolve around ordinary people trying to cope with the emotional debris from break-ups, accidents, violence and betrayal.

Fly on the Wall: Berlin by Rory MacLean
By Philip Oltermann - 28 February 15:00

The German capital lacks a modern-day chronicler. This book aims to change that.

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Life after west: Influencing Tomorrow by Douglas Alexander and Ian Kearns
By David Clark - 28 February 13:09

The era of global liberalism ended in crisis and retreat and world power is now shifting east. How does our foreign policy adapt?

A lone woman enters the Foyles shop on Charing Cross Road, London, in 1958. Photo: Getty
I don’t want to be a rare successful female writer. I just want to be a successful writer
By Sophia McDougall - 27 February 11:47

More often than not, when you pick up a new book in a bookshop, it will be by yet another white man, meaning that white and male will be what the next set of Big Names will look like. How can we break out of this self-reinforcing cycle?

Wilfred Owen: The Peter Pan of the trenches
By Rowan Williams - 27 February 7:20

The anti-heroic reading of the First World War did not begin with Blackadder - Wilfred Owen has far more to answer for than Richard Curtis, says the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams.

Gary Shteyngart.
Little Failure by Gary Shteyngart: Reborn in the USA
By Erica Wagner - 25 February 11:10

The Russian-American novelist's memoir shuttles back and forth between the deep past of his Soviet childhood to the glimmering possibilities of George Bush Sr's America.

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Phalluses and fallacies: Germaine Greer on the poetry of sex
By Germaine Greer - 20 February 11:31

All poetry is driven by sex, whether or not it acknowledges the impulse.

Measure of a man: will robots ever have the capacity to feel human emotions?
Reprogramming science fiction: the genre that is learning to love
By Andrew Harrison - 20 February 11:28

From Battlestar Galactica to Spike Jonze’s new film Her, modern science fiction is growing up and humanising.

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Thought crimes: inside the consciousness of a damaged, damaging man
By Randy Boyagoda - 20 February 10:19

In <em>Andrew’s Brain</em> by E L Doctorow, the historical and the grand meld with the ordinary and affecting in a story that also features “an international dealer in Munchkins”.

Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot
Pussy Riot and the new age of dissident art
By Daniel Trilling - 19 February 9:50

Neither of these two new books about the feminist art collective leave one optimistic about the immediate future of Russian politics, but they show the deep effect the saga has had.

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Nanni Balestrini’s “Tristano”: the love story with 100 trillion possible plotlines
By Juliet Jacques - 17 February 12:07

Digital technology has finally made it possible for Tristano to be printed as the author intended. But should it be judged on its central device alone?

Reckless by William Nicholson: dropping bombshells you know are coming
By Matthew Jennings - 13 February 17:42

Reckless leaves you wanting to know what happens next, even though, with the real life events, you know the answer.

The promise and the power of the ocean, a conduit for all history
By Philip Hoare - 12 February 17:21

A history of empire and civilisation is a history of the sea.

Wild at heart: Literary tigers from William Blake to Fiona McFarlane's The Night Guest
By Philip Maughan - 10 February 15:00

Like so many books about tigers, The Night Guest, by Australian first-time novelist Fiona McFarlane, is a battle to preserve the order and civility of the household from the madness and barbarity outside.

A wood of one's own: Germaine Greer's mission to save the trees
By Richard Mabey - 06 February 16:14

In <em>White Beech: the Rainforest Years</em>, Germaine Greer is on a mission to save the ecology of southern Australia.

Reviews Roundup | 6 February
By New Statesman - 06 February 9:30

The critics' verdicts on Philip Lymbery and Isabel Oakeshott, Sherill Tippins and Ray Jayawardhana.

How the west was lost: Frank Furedi’s First World War
By Richard Overy - 06 February 8:51

The Great War’s greatest legacy is uncertainty and a never-ending search for meaning.

Dissident Gardens by Jonathan Lethem: A revolution in the head
By Helen Lewis - 06 February 8:47

This book forsakes the traditional linear structure for a series of episodes, zipping back and forth through the decades – and the revolutions.

What set Jack Nicholson apart? On the blinding, now fading, jack of hearts
By Antonia Quirke - 06 February 8:12

This relaxed, unoffical biography contains a between-the-lines longing not just for the subtler parts but for the genuine good times.

Staying power: the seemingly exceptional economics of Japan
By Felix Martin - 06 February 6:02

2013 was the year the world’s financial markets suddenly became interested in Japan again.

My grandfather’s Chekhovian death in the deep blue sea
By Frank Cottrell Boyce - 30 January 10:51

A seafaring Chekhov story dredges up some family history.

How Britain won Waterloo with biscuits, spies and the City
By Simon Heffer - 30 January 10:48

Banking on victory: Simon Heffer reviews three tomes on Britain’s war with Napoleon.

Robert Gates: memoirs of the “Soldier’s Secretary”, an old-fashioned realist
By John Bew - 30 January 10:29

The former US Secretary of Defense on what the president never knew.

Sonic Wonderland: a Scientific Odyssey of Sound by Trevor Cox
By John Burnside - 30 January 10:20

The end of sound? This sane and humane book looks at the maddening encroachment of noise into every part of our lives.

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