Amitav Ghosh’s new novel, Flood of Fire, takes you to the end of its exploring, only to hint that the story is just beginning.
As Shoes: Pleasure and Pain opens at London’s V&A, Jane Shilling explores why our footwear carries such emotional weight.
Bob Stanley unpicks the recording industry’s tangled history of takeovers, piracy and changing technology.
Charlotte Gordon has managed to produce that rare thing, a work of genuinely popular history.
No coincidence that the most celebrated of all the waymarks on the road to freedom under the law was sealed by England’s most appalling king.
That evil is banal has been observed. The route to it in the case of the Tsarnaevs was a meandering path to which hindsight can bring little meaningful insight.
Here, as so often in our history, it is property rights that secure individual freedom.
Looking back at the exploitation enterprise of Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus's cinematic output.
I realise the purpose is to make me feel like a war criminal. Sorry, tweeters, I don’t.
The US director is continuing to expose the stories of Indonesia's past atrocities, and sees film as a conduit to subjects investigative journalism no longer has the resources to reach.
In Rosaleen Madigan, Enright has created a mater dolorosa without rival in the annals of Irish mothers.
She’s a feminist comedian who doesn’t shy away from ridiculing women. She reaches millions of viewers on the internet without breaking a sweat. Oh, and she’s just really, really funny.
Michael Bloch's book on homosexuality in the house is fun - but little more than a naughty pleasure.
Street names tell of a city's character and story, rather than simply being a function to help us get around.
Plus, the leadership race.
I would love to have been in the meeting when Mellor pitched this version of her drama.
The story of Wilde's coming to America is also the story of modern celebrity.
Caroll Spinney has been playing Sesame Street's star for 46 years. I Am Big Bird shows the man behind the feathery mask.
The programme slowed palpably to accept the age-old information that people who create beauty aren’t always good and frequently don’t even come close.
These back-room frumps whisper instructions into the earpieces of tuxedo-wearing spies out on the casino floors, or save them from pursuers by launching strategic missile attacks at a moment’s notice.
Nile Rodgers is responsible for $2bn worth of hits – with Chic, Madonna, David Bowie – but he can’t switch off the noise in his head.
I’ve nothing against celebrated wines: enormous care and attention goes into their creation. Still, a little imagination is a heavenly thing.
Gavin Corbett blends the implacable logic of a folk tale with a funny, alternative-present setting.Gavin Corbett blends the implacable logic of a folk tale with a funny, alternative-present setting.
Ali Smith’s How to be both, the winner of the 2015 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, is a particularly apt riposte to the literary class divide that says men are serious and women are silly.
BBC Radio 4 and the Natural History Museum join forces in a weekly series called Natural Histories to tell the story of 25 species that changed the world.
How symbolism and happiness are captured in joint American-Cuban cultural endeavours.
The Talking Heads member on curating the Southbank Centre's Meltdown festival, the unfairness of book awards, and why the best line-ups surprise.
It’s junk cinema but, like the Millennium Falcon, it’s fast junk – and don’t you dare call it junk unless you’re a fan, for only its fans can criticise it.
After successfully earning Jane Austen a place on the £10 note, Caroline Criado-Perez has turned to feminist action around the globe.
In the Unlikely Event is Blume's first novel for adults since 1998. If only grown-up fiction learned from teen writing more often.