The Canadian author reflects on ageing, generational inequality, reworking Shakespeare and writing stories that no one will read for a century.
Stalin emerges from Stephen Kotkin’s book as that most frightening of figures – a man of absolute conviction.
Egon Schiele is candidly pornographic – but his obsession with anatomy tells the story of an artistic struggle.
Tom Humberstone’s weekly comic.
Hers is the spirit of the age: the age of selfishness. An age of greed, financial crime, and indifference to the poor, sick, and disabled.
Mark Lawson’s weekly Critic’s Notes.
The plot reared up and hissed like a snake. Improbabilities. Coincidences. Unlikely connections. A frenzied cheesiness suddenly infected the storytelling.
Suzanne Moore’s weekly column, Telling Tales.
Ryan Gilbey is chilled by new releases The Badabook, Annabelle and It Follows.
From Judith Kerr’s The Crocodile Under the Bed to a Psammead sequel, there are plenty of new titles to delight all ages this season, writes Amanda Craig.
To capitalise on the success of Wolf Hall or perhaps to offer an accurate historical account of Cromwell, there have been four recent or reissued biographies of Henry VIII’s first minister. Borman’s narrative adds a fifth.
Ed Smith’s Left Field column.
When it comes to solutions to our post-crisis problems, Martin Wolf argues, the first step is to jettison the straitjacket of mainstream economics – and this he proceeds to do.
Her sculpture depicts two sisters, Roma and Emma Jones (who, like Wearing, were born in Birmingham), and their sons. It has attracted local interest, as well as complaints from fathers and the far right.
Scott Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Wicca in the Kitchen, “a practical guide to food magic”, promises, rather thrillingly, that from now on, every “munch of celery will resonate with new meaning”.
Antonia Quirke on radio.
Nicholas Lezard’s Down and Out column.
Will Self’s Madness of Crowds column.
Under the surface of World Order is a searing critique of the Obama administration’s foreign policy. While Obama has embraced the label of “realist”, this is not a realism that Kissinger recognises.
Videos made by the candidates fail to go viral.
When the Prem began 20 years ago, and stadiums became all-seaters, with the season tickets costing a fortune, many of the working classes and twentysomething lads were excluded, unable to pay the prices.
Should a game provide “value for money” and pad out its story with as many tedious hours of fetching things as possible, or is there merit in a short, sharp ending?
What should you do when anxiety takes control of your life? Tim Clare’s new show tells us how to be kind to ourselves.
In 2014, it shouldn’t be cutting edge to see a Hollywood movie that features a fair representation of gay people.
Meanwhile, the suspension of disbelief is getting harder and harder to pull off.
Hunter Davies’s weekly column, The Fan.
The Canadian author and social activist on parenthood, people power and why climate change could be the ultimate opportunity for the left.
The weird realism that runs through Lovecraft’s writings undermines any belief system – religious or humanist – in which the human mind is the centre of the universe.
The cinema of amusing male arrested development has been a familiar subgenre for some time, but recent releases demonstrate that there’s gold to be found in femme floundering.