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Books: Fine account of prison camp Gaza

Published: February 13, 2018
Written by Denis MacShane

Gaza: Preparing for Dawn by Donald Macintyre One World £20 There is no British equivalent of Pulitzer prizes for books by journalists who narrate important events or current affairs topics …

Books: Echoes of the ancients

Published: February 6, 2018
Written by Cary Gee

Why Dylan Matters by Richard F Thomas William Collins £12.99 In her 1974 song ‘Diamonds and Rust’, Joan Baez sang of Bob Dylan, ‘You, who are so good with words …

Theatre: Local heroes in Brexit Britain

Published: February 5, 2018
Written by Aleks Sierz

Booby’s Bay, Finborough Theatre, London. Huck Trebillcock has his head in the clouds. He’s a former fisherman, now an unemployed rebel who yearns to be a local hero.

Theatre: Once more with feeling

Published: February 4, 2018
Written by Cary Gee

Everyone’s Talking About Jamie Apollo Theatre, London Based on a BBC documentary, Jamie, Drag Queen at 16, Everyone’s Talking about Jamie, with music by Dan Gillespie Sells, frontman of chart …

Books: Henning’s last hurrah

Published: January 31, 2018
Written by Mike Parker

After The Fire By Henning Mankell Harvill Secker £17.99 Having condemned his much-loved detective Kurt Wallander to a long drawn-out descent into the hell of Alzheimer’s, Henning Mankell died of …

Books: Pretending it’s something it’s not

Published: January 29, 2018
Written by Cary Gee

China In Drag: Travels With A Cross Dresser by Michael Bristow Sandstone Press. £8.99 If asked to identify the embodiment of the post-Maoist Chinese revolution, you might not necessarily think …

Theatre: Class, savagery and queens

Published: January 29, 2018
Written by William Russell

Heartbreak House The Union Theatre, London   Into the Numbers Finborough Theatre, London   SiX: Divorced, beheaded, LIVE The Arts Theatre, London   The Union Theatre in Southwark, London, has …

Film: That shrinking feeling

Published: January 27, 2018
Written by Patrick Mulcahy

Downsizing Director: Alexander Payne   Downsizing is so many films packed into its 135-minute running time that I almost don’t know where to begin. It is an ecological fable in …

Television: Here comes the sun

Published: January 27, 2018
Written by Les Hull

Hard Sun BBC 1 The premise behind Hard Sun is that the authorities are keeping a colossal secret from everyone else: the world is going to end in five years’ …

Theatre: Puckish sprite and savage god

Published: January 27, 2018
Written by Aleks Sierz

Rita, Sue and Bob Too Royal Court, London   East King’s Head Theatre, London   Modern classics are one of the joys of British theatre. And, to judge also from …

Books: Nightmares in the dreamworld

Published: January 26, 2018
Written by Ian Hernon

Fantasyland – How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History by Kurt Andersen Ebury Press £20 It is alleged that a quarter of Americans believe Barack Obama may have been the …

Books: Corruption in La Serenissima

Published: January 26, 2018
Written by Mike Parker

Earthly Remains by Donna Leon Arrow Books £8.99 We are now some 26 books into the career of Commissario Guido Brunetti, the Venetian police detective created by American-born, Venice-based Donna …

Books: Rise and fall of punk’s forebears

Published: January 26, 2018
Written by Cary Gee

Roots, Radicals and Rockers: How Skiffle Changed the World by Billy Bragg Faber & Faber £20 As Britain emerged from post-war rationing and Elvis Presley emerged from the swamps of …