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.
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.
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.