In the first episode of the NS's new pop culture podcast, we discuss Grey by E L James, the new Amy Winehouse documentary, and why One Direction is actually the saddest music you will ever hear.
Pop's woman of the moment forms a friendship with fans through her honest lyrics and disarming stage presence.
The host of BBC Radio 4’s News Quiz is stepping down after nine years to go into politics. Caroline Crampton was there at her last recording.
John Leigh's Touché: the Duel in Literature wears its learning lightly.
I’d love to go back and read that Ucca form now. Or witness the expression on the faces of those who had to consider my application.
It was not just a huge body of songs that emerged but a whole musical style that was markedly non-European.
The Gehry worshippers were like fashion editors at a Prada show, only minus the clothes, handbags and hair.
The Beta Band's John Maclean makes his directorial debut with a wry, rootsy love story.
In wine, the tendrils of power spread like well-nourished vines, wrapping around some surprising edifices.
The new Penguin Book of Russian Poetry has surprises to offer.
Where is the equivalent to Hilton on the left? We have not even touched on the questions of human fulfilment, power and radical democracy that are offered up by modern technological change.
As US influence wanes, a new world is emerging.
Regardless of its critics, drone warfare is here to stay.
A “cast of two-dimensional, middle-class bores” prevent this debut novel becoming the “Vanity Fair for our times” that it promises.
A new BBC Four documentary reminds us not to take this director for granted.
The classic Great Depression rags-to-riches story of how the enduringly popular board game came to be invented isn’t quite as simple as it seems.
Best known for co-writing “My Heart Will Go On”, Horner wrote innovative and popular scores for a whole host of Hollywood films.
The company will pay self-published authors on its lending services per page from next month.
Films set on trains are some of the best.
McGowan's performance demonstrates the combination of eccentricity and intimidation that allowed Savile first to lure his victims and then to disguise his abuse of them.
From Johann Gutenberg to Steve Jobs, extraordinary creativity is so often coupled with callous disregard for others.
TFI Friday was quite nasty at its edges: it gave off a strong whiff of bullying and low-level belligerence. The male graduate population of north London seemed not to notice this.
BBC Radio 4's Natural Histories.
Accounts of The Jam, the Grateful Dead, Alice Cooper and Belle and Sebastian come from the back.
Seiobo There Below, translated by Ottilie Mulzet, is László Krasznahorkai's most recent novel in English.
The sudden death in the last scene of Monday's Game of Thrones was a cliffhanger, nothing more.
Jam, not bombs.
Three new books explore the modern information assault - and how to survive it.