It’s not surprising that alienation is a persistent theme in much of the country’s fiction.
A new exhibition surveys artistic visions of decay.
The director of the Oscar-winning A Separation returns with a new family drama, this time set in a Parisian suburb.
This is my default way of dealing with things. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.
Notes by the former Gardeners’ Question Time chairman Stefan Buczacki.
Green fingerdom throughout the ages in the face of wars, poverty and social upheaval.
The story of how Philby and four other privileged young Englishmen became spies or double agents for the USSR borders on a perverse sense of national pride.
Sixty years on, the beats continue to exercise a formidable grip on cultural life on both sides of the Atlantic.
Jude Rogers talks to the pop princess about gay best friends, life after breast cancer and why she spent New Year alone.
It’s tough to be “game positive” when your son is addicted to Skylanders, a game in which a mostly male cast of fantasy heroes have to smash and bash their way through a mostly male cast of fantasy baddies.
In a world where we expect everyone to be accounted for, missing people enter into the realm of fiction.
British theatre is part of an industry that produces highly skilled practitioners but doesn’t always know how to use them. Except stereotypically.
Roger Wright, who was also director of the BBC Proms, had worked at Radio 3 since 1998.
In the one corner of the American economy defined by its relentless optimism, there is now a large and growing class of highly trained, objectively talented, surpassingly ambitious workers who are shunted to the margins.
A documentary made for French TV by a writer entirely out of touch with modern Britain – and it showed. This stereotyped land of stiff-upper-lip repression just made Amis sound stupid.
Books and the act of reading are about removing barriers, and public events that celebrate them must do the same, as Alex Clark, guest programmer for this year's Cambridge Literary Festival, explains.
The story of a Sicilian hit man whose life is changed by the blind sister of his intended target struggles on the border between grittiness and sentimentality.
Key event at the Cambridge Literary Festival on 5 April will pit Shiv Malik, Laurie Penny and Simon Heffer against Kwasi Kwarteng, Mansoor Hamayun and Allison Pearson on the question of inter-generational equality.
Tom Humberstone's weekly comic.
Two new shows from English National Opera and the Royal Opera House might sound completely different, but each finds the still small voice of human truth hidden underneath the excess.
A picturesque anomaly near the airport, ever waiting to be submerged by the tarmac of runway three.
Our ability to harness flames has shaped who we are.
Two new American novels about physically and psychologically damaged veterans from the Iraq war get inside their subjects’ heads with varying success, writes a former US marine.
From sacred symbolism in ancient mythology to paeans by 20th-century naturalists, hawks and eagles have always been lauded in art and literature.
The extraordinary sequence of events now seems too far-fetched even for a British version of Homeland.
Rachel Cooke pits the youth channel against its counterpart, the cerebral BBC4, by comparing Bluestone 42 and How to Get Ahead.
But it's unsettling to see a woman trying to make ends meet in such a desperate way, especially when dressed as if for the school run.
The fearless Kenyan writer talks about the “lost” coming-out chapter from his memoir and the response in Africa and elsewhere.
Somewhere along the line, an orthodoxy hardened: cigarettes will kill you and Bon Jovi will give you a migraine, but reading – the ideal diet being Shakespeare and 19th-century novels, plus the odd modernist – will make you healthier, stronger, kinder. But is that true?