As Douglas Smith wisely surmises in his new book, trying to separate the mythology of Rasputin from the man himself is nearly impossible.
Three new books examine a period of life which seems to cause untold anxiety. But isn't there a case for just living it?
Like Samuel Beckett and James Joyce, Mike McCormack finds glory in the banal with a new novel set on All Soul's Day.
Housman Country: Into the Heart of England by Peter Parker is in intriguing accumulation of evidence and analysis about an elegantly restrained poet.
Culture is the latest book by academia's Jeremy Corbyn, but hopefully not his last.
Vinegar Girl and The Globe's Taming of the Shrew offer two new takes on a contentious play.
Genius ends up being terrifically boring, while enthusiastically reproducing the creative hierarchies of the time it portrays.
The novelist Paul Kingsnorth on Anglophobia, voting Leave and teaching his children to live off the land.
On the pop culture podcast this week, we watch The Great British Sewing Bee, read new novel The Essex Serpent and revisit 2013's The Lady Vanishes.
We Were Feminists Once is a sometimes confused look at the question – but it reminds us to focus on what we're doing, not how we define.
Father than denying the contradictoriness of being human, Empson revelled in it, as The Face of Buddha reveals.
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