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Sajid Javid arriving at No 10 after being appointed as Culture Secretary. Photo: Getty
Sajid Javid and the left, the “extermination” of grammar schools and Pamuk in Oxford
By Jason Cowley - 16 April 13:00

The response of some Labour MPs to Javid’s promotion was idiotic.

Christina Hendricks as Joan and Jon Hamm as Don Draper in Mad Men. Photo: ©Lionsgate
The final series of Mad Men: how to end a golden age TV show
By India Ross - 16 April 12:06

However it ends, the climax of Mad Men will be perhaps television's most influential ending.

Janet Mock in June 2013. Photo: Getty
Janet Mock: “Who will ever love you if you tell the truth?”
By Juliet Jacques - 16 April 8:52

Juliet Jacques talk to US journalist Janet Mock about her book Redefining Realness.

Popular in Poplar: Angela Lansbury at the Angela Lansbury Film Festival, Poplar, April 2014
Angela Lansbury: “Peach queens are stars. I’m an actress”
By Caroline Crampton - 15 April 14:00

The veteran actress best known for Murder, She Wrote had an emotional return to her East End roots this month with a series of screenings and a personal appearance.

Rachel Carson's writing is animated by a desire to make sea creatures understandable. Photo: Barcroft Media/Getty
Fifty years on, we should celebrate the sea writings of Rachel Carson
By John Burnside - 14 April 17:24

With Silent Spring, Rachel Carson helped to launch the modern ecology movement – but it is her sea trilogy that captures her spirit.

Twist in the tail: a chimpanzee opens Christmas presents in a French zoo. Photo: Getty
Utterly beguiling: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
By Jane Shilling - 14 April 17:05

A disturbingly funny account of sibling loss. But not the usual kind of sibling. 

Norwegian fog and rain. Photo: Getty
Why Norway is the best place in the world to be a writer
By Evan Hughes - 14 April 11:25

The Norwegian government keeps book publishers alive.

London's newest venue for opera: the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare's Globe. Photo: Getty
Tiny, candlelit and intimate: L’Ormindo at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
By Alexandra Coghlan - 11 April 17:00

Live opera is as physical as art gets, though you would never know that from sitting in any major opera house.

Use your imagination, go on. Photo: Getty
My adult circumcision: how I made the cut for my new religion
By Tony Dokoupil - 11 April 16:24

To remain uncut, I was told, is to remain spiritually cut off from the Jewish people.

Richard Hoggart (right) at the 1960 Pilkington Committee.
Richard Hoggart on why American novels are better than British ones
By Richard Hoggart - 11 April 15:27

From the archive, 6 September 1958: Working-class people "are attracted to certain American novels, I think, chiefly because they find in them a wider emotional keyboard and a more demotic (less class-defined) language than in most contemporary British novels."

Chiwetel Ejiofor and Thandie Newton star as a married couple caught in conflict in Half of a Yellow Sun
Friday Arts Diary
By New Statesman - 11 April 13:00

Our cultural picks for the week ahead.

Peter White and Ed Reardon presented a spoof version of You and Yours. Photo: BBC Pictures
Character Invasion: Radio 4 comedy at its worst
By Antonia Quirke - 11 April 12:45

It started inauspiciously with the never remotely amusing Big Bird as the subject of Tweet of the Day.

In the Frame: The Smog
By Tom Humberstone - 11 April 11:27

Tom Humberstone's weekly comic.

Ursula Bedena as Edwige.
The Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears: Giallo shots
By Ryan Gilbey - 11 April 11:00

Husband and wife duo Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani's have created a new giallo film with all the necessary beauty and depravity expected of the genre, but without the intelligence and terror of a classic.

Stephen Mangan as Adrian Mole in a 2001 BBC TV adaptation.
The best moments from Sue Townsend’s Adrian Mole
By Caroline Crampton - 11 April 10:06

The author, who has died at the age of 68, created in Adrian Mole a character who spoke to a generation of teenagers growing up in suburban Britain. Here, we recall a few of his finest moments.