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Emily Bootle is the New Statesman’s editorial assistant.
In a year lacking in comforting familiarity, the TV show’s formulaic charms have renewed appeal.
A commitment to complete exposure made one family the most powerful celebrities of the social media age.
I started playing the piano aged four, and was told I had a talent. But when I studied music at university I discovered that it was not, as it had been at school, mine for the taking.
Despite his talent, the black A-level student was mocked when he said he wanted to attend a Russell Group university.
The group's sixth studio album has moments that remind you why they have made it this far, but it lacks personality.
Stephanie Meyer will publish Midnight Sun, the fifth instalment of the Twilight saga, on 4 August. But how will Edward's perspective add to the story?
That the composer, whose 250th anniversary is being celebrated this year, overcame deafness to write the greatest music of all time is a familiar story. But what does it leave out?
Perhaps precisely because of its elitist reputation, tennis has consistently attracted mavericks and radicals.
For the public, the story provides a perverse comfort and familiarity at a time when other news feels frightening.
The pianist on the serenity of Beethoven.