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Warner's new book is set in 1980s student London. Photo: Gwydion M Williams/Flickr
A literary Withnail and I: Alan Warner’s Their Lips Talk of Mischief
By Yo Zushi - 15 September 12:41

The latest novel by the author of Morvern Callar is set in a boozy, 1980s student London. 

Jack's fine lad: Tom Priestley in his London flat, photographed in August 2014
Out of the wilderness: how J B Priestley is enjoying a revival
By Valerie Grove - 15 September 10:03

As a “grumbling and growling” columnist for the NS, J B Priestley inspired the formation of CND. Now, 30 years after his death, his only son tells Valerie Grove why his once neglected work is making a comeback. 

A woman cheers on a team during the Hipster Olympics in Berlin. Photo: Getty
Will Self: The awful cult of the talentless hipster has taken over
By Will Self - 15 September 10:00

Our generation is to blame – we’re the ones who took the avant-garde and turned it into a successful rearguard action by the flying columns of capitalism’s blitzkrieg.

Visitors to the Naturkunde in Berlin will see "wisps of fin, or claw" among the wet collection's million exhibits
Berlin’s Museum für Naturkunde: a golden space of alien faces
By John Burnside - 15 September 10:00

The museum’s wet collection is the museum’s most memorable feature. It contains “around one million zoological objects in 276,000 vials, preserved in 81,880 litres of ethanol”.

© Laura Dodsworth
Bare Reality: Breasts make you feel like a proper woman
By Bare Reality - 15 September 9:00

An excerpt from Bare Reality, a project to further understanding of how women really feel about their breasts, and how they really look.

A mind for crime: Agatha Christie at home, 1949. Photo: Popperfoto
Mark Lawson: inside the business of Agatha Christie Ltd
By Mark Lawson - 12 September 16:13

The death of an author doesn’t necessarily mean the death of their characters. Hercule Poirot is the latest sleuth to come back for an encore. 

“The Riot Club” is based on Laura Wade’s Bullingdon Club-based Royal Court play “Posh”.
The Riot Club’s portrayal of a restaurant-smashing Oxbridge elite lacks political bite
By Conrad Landin - 12 September 15:52

The film, adapted from Laura Wade’s Bullingdon Club-based play Posh, fails to address the fact that it isn’t just the restaurant-smashers who benefit from Oxbridge elitism.

Does even he get nervous? President Obama appears on US chatshow The View. Photo: Getty
Tracey Thorn: interviews can be just as terrifying for the celebrity
By Tracey Thorn - 12 September 13:06

We don’t know what to expect: whether they want us to be garrulous or mysterious; live up to our image or confound it; be starry or down to earth.

The guts to fight the power: Roxane Gay. Photo: Jennifer Silverberg/The Guardian
Does it matter if you’re a “bad feminist”? Roxane Gay doesn’t think so
By Helen Lewis - 12 September 12:52

Reading Roxane Gay comes as a relief – as being involved in feminism can sometimes feel more like voluntarily climbing into the stocks than participating in a social movement.

In the Frame: Haven’t I Got Satire for You
By Tom Humberstone - 12 September 10:55

Tom Humberstone’s weekly comic.

Strike partners: marching for the miners in Pride
Glitter and grit: when gay rights activists allied with the miners
By Ryan Gilbey - 12 September 10:18

Pride takes a subject that might be considered earnest or marginal and smuggles it through in jazzy, feel-good colours.

This 1698 tax list from Shrewsbury records the most prominent persons in the district first.
Mistress, Miss, Mrs or Ms: untangling the shifting history of women’s titles
By Alexandra Buxton - 12 September 10:18

In a paper published in the autumn issue of History Workshop Journal Dr Amy Erickson unravels the fascinating history of the titles used to address women. Her research reveals the subtle and surprising shifts that have taken place in the usage of those ubiquitous M-words.

Poker faces: Friends turned sarcasm into the default mode of conversation for a generation. Photo: Mr Photo/Corbis Outline
The hunting of the snark: Friends, 20 years on
By Andrew Harrison - 12 September 10:00

Twenty years ago, a new sitcom was described as “not very entertaining, clever, or original”. But Friends went on to shape the way we live now.

Good Knight: French actors perform during a rehearsal of Excalibur at the Stade de France, September 2011. Photo: Getty
Beyond the Round Table: celebrating the underdogs of Camelot
By Amanda Craig - 11 September 10:00

Beneath the romping humour and fast pace in this book is a plea for the shy, feminine, humane and deviant to be understood and valued.

Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth: Ruth Padel's new collection deals with religion in the Holy Land. Photo: Getty
Style over substance: three poets’ attempts to master their form
By Paul Batchelor - 11 September 10:00

However long a poet struggles to establish a style that answers the questions of form, voice, tone or subject haunting his imagination, the real work begins after the discovery is made.