The latest on books and the arts


Bernard-Henri Lévy - live
By Jonathan Derbyshire - 12 December 14:57

The lion of Libya speaks in London.

The sound of the strike
By Chris Wood - 11 December 12:05

Pickets, police and protestors on 30 November.

Mysteries of Lisbon (PG)
By Ryan Gilbey - 09 December 13:06

Intricate storytelling has never looked so good.

The Friday Arts Diary
By Staff blogger - 09 December 11:12

Our cultural picks for the week ahead.

Words in pictures: Mourid Barghouti
By Rebecca Lloyd - 08 December 16:02

Barghouti talks Palestine and his latest book.

In the Critics this week
By Staff blogger - 08 December 15:15

Žižek on Shakespeare, Barghouti on Palestine and Gray on the money.

This year's coolest xmas party: Occupy London's thank you gig
By Teresa Goncalves - 07 December 16:38

Guests including Thom Yorke and 3D from Massive Attack took to the decks.

The Books Interview: Robert Service
By Jonathan Derbyshire - 07 December 15:47

The historian talks about the early years of the Soviet Union and its relationship with the west.

Martin Boyce wins the 2011 Turner Prize
By Rebecca Lloyd - 06 December 17:17

Scotsman Martin Boyce takes home the £25,000 prize.

"I shall vote Labour"
By Alice Gribbin - 06 December 10:20

Christopher Logue, whose poems were published by the NS in the 50s/60s, dies at 85.

Reviews round-up
By Staff blogger - 05 December 16:15

The critics' verdicts on Stephen King, Robin Harris and Charles Shields.

Gilbey on Film: The eyes have it
By Ryan Gilbey - 05 December 14:47

Ocular obsessions in cinema.

Vocal Futures
By Alexandra Coghlan - 05 December 12:06

Suzi Digby launches a new project for young people with Bach's St Matthew Passion at the core.

Cancer biography wins award
By Sophie Elmhirst - 02 December 12:12

Guardian First Book award goes to Siddhartha Mukherjee's book, <em>The Emperor of All Maladies</em>

The Friday Arts Diary
By Staff blogger - 02 December 11:54

Our cultural picks for the week ahead.

Indie Christmas songs
By Yo Zushi - 01 December 16:56

Sick of Slade? Here's a selection of alternative festive treats that will rescue your stereo from the tyranny of Noddy.

In the Critics this week.
By Staff blogger - 01 December 9:39

Mabey on winter, Warner on fairy tales and Walden on French intellectuals.

Words in pictures: Jack Kerouac
By Androulla Harris - 29 November 16:02

The Beat novelist discusses the Hippie movement.

A Life Too Short: The Tragedy of Robert Enke
By Androulla Harris - 29 November 11:51

Ronald Reng's biography of the late German national goalkeeper is William Hill Sports Book of the Ye

Reviews round-up
By Staff blogger - 28 November 12:43

The critics' verdicts on Sarah Hall, WG Sebald and Art Spiegelman.

Miracle on Earlham Street
By Gina Allum - 25 November 15:41

The RSC's Matilda the Musical is an unalloyed triumph.

The Friday Arts Diary
By Staff blogger - 25 November 15:10

Our cultural picks for the week ahead.

On the web: Tweets From Tahrir Live
By Androulla Harris - 24 November 17:54

A stream of updates from people at the forefront of the Egyptian revolution.

In the Critics this week
By Staff blogger - 24 November 11:55

A love letter to Björk, Lionel Trilling and The Deep Blue Sea.

Back to the future
By Androulla Harris - 23 November 14:25

From new releases in the Bond and Batman series to follow-ups to Blade Runner and Beetlejuice. 

Gilbey on Film: The perils of transplant casting
By Ryan Gilbey - 23 November 10:44

Cross-generational filmmaking is a tricky business.

Documentary update
By Androulla Harris - 22 November 17:23

John Steinbeck, When Bankers Were Good and the Academy Awards.

Music review: Les Talens Lyriques, Versailles Opéra Royale
By Alexandra Coghlan - 21 November 15:38

Antoine Dauvergne was no neglected genius, but this production is a pleasant divertissement.

Reviews round-up
By Caroline Daniel - 21 November 12:40

The critics' verdicts on Erica Heller, Christine Dwyer Hickey and Adam Levin.