Although the book has no plot to speak of, it keeps extending false hope, writes Leo Robson.
In Miram Toews’s new novel, the ability of literature to act as an antidote to despair is tested to the limit.
With consummate skill and subtlety John Williams not only brings Ancient Rome and the founder of its empire alive, but also shows how this alien world can illuminate our lives today.
“Every relationship becomes a three-way,” July says of the new app, which launched yesterday at the Venice Film Festival.
Four leading figures make their cases for Paul, John, George or Ringo respectively.
A band like the Beatles could never make it as big as they did in our era of hyper-commercialisation and Brit School elitism.
The low-fat yoghurts I shovel down my neck and the smoothies I’ve been promoting to my vegetable-allergic teenage son might just as well have been crystal meth.
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For imagines what 1940s cinema might have looked like with GCI and no Hayes Code - but it falls short of that era’s crackling dialogue, smoky characters and emotional pull.
Novels by both authors seems to be creaking under the burden of researched fact and rehearsed message, but there was a time when their impulses flowed in the opposite direction.
The Taj Mahal Palace, which looks like the bastard child of Sandringham and St Pancras Station, is India’s biggest and most epically decadent hotel.
A painstakingly diligent new biography leaves Erica Wagner feeling relieved that the poet’s pornography collection is “almost entirely lost”.
In the second half, John Lennon stepped forward to the mike, thighs straining against his shiny and confining suit. He shook his locks, lowered his eyes and let me have it.
While many of the men men who volunteered faced months, even years, of training and waiting for uniforms and weapons, the women who volunteered as nurses, or “dressers” in August 1914 were in the war zone within weeks.
In a densely populated city, the café or the neighbourhood bar is effectively an extension of home. The ones we choose are the most basic manifestation of our social self-conception.