As Douglas Smith wisely surmises in his new book, trying to separate the mythology of Rasputin from the man himself is nearly impossible.
On the pop culture podcast this week: the new Ghostbusters reboot, series four of Netflix original Orange is the New Black and Janet Malcolm’s book about Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes, The Silent Woman.
Sarah Perry's new novel uses stylistic mastery to rework a potent mythological inheritence.
Two new books about the painter show that, when it comes to biography, sometimes less detail can give us more perspective.
The best children's books don't feel like more school. These picks will help make the summer holidays even better.
The long shadow cast by the Spanish Civil War is more potent because the progressives lost.
Two new books reveal intriguing aspects to today's body politics: Darian Leader's Hands and Fay Bound Alberti's This Mortal Coil.
Two histories of Isis hope to shed light on the crisis in the Middle East.
For all that Dahl can be both bullying and brilliant, these letters remind us who the writer was really trying to please.
In the Darkroom charts the author's relationship with her transgender parent.
James Bloodworth's new book suggests ways to tackle the nebulous problems of UK poverty.
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