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Books: The only livin’ boy in New York

Published: March 27, 2017
Written by Martin Griffin

Homeward Bound:?The Life Of Paul Simon by Peter Ames Carlin Constable £20 If you regularly attended folk music sessions in London during the early to mid-sixties, you are very likely …

Books: Insights into China’s underbelly

Published: March 27, 2017
Written by Glyn Ford

Lotus by Lijia Zhang Henry Holt £22.79 After Lijia Zhang’s Socialism is Great! A Worker’s Memoir of the New China (2008), mapping her late blooming from monolingual factory worker to …

Books: From well-wisher to anti-semite

Published: March 27, 2017
Written by Edward Pearce

Luther’s Jews: A Journey Into Anti-Semitism by Thomas Kaufmann OUP £18.99 Moralising about other ages ‘and the inferior morality of peoples’ is a reliable pleasure when writing history. ‘Lloyd George …

Music: Inspired tribute to Joni

Published: March 27, 2017
Written by James McGowan

Hejira Royal Festival Hall, London The South Bank Centre’s Women of the World festival has been promoting gender equality and highlighting the achievements of women and girls all over the …

Film: Tense and resonant

Published: March 27, 2017
Written by Patrick Mulcahy

The Salesman Director: Asghar Farhadi Aquarius Director: Kleber Mendonça Filho In its print version, the newspaper Metro bizarrely described the open-air screening on February 26 of The Salesman (pictured) at …

Theatre: Splitters are a hit, Brexit isn’t

Published: March 27, 2017
Written by Aleks Sierz

Limehouse Donmar Warehouse, London   My Country: A Work in Progress National Theatre, London   Politics is so appalling at the moment that playwrights, whenever they’re inspired to tackle the …

TV: Swastikas in London

Published: March 27, 2017
Written by Les Hull

SS-GB BBC 1 The “alternative world” in fiction has been with us since the 1930s and soon after the concept was invented the favourite subject for such stories became: “What …

Film: Apocalyptic revelation

Published: March 25, 2017
Written by Neil Young

International Film Festival, Rotterdam If Donald J Trump does indeed prove to be the Antichrist – an outcome which, on current evidence, no sensible bookmaker should give more than 20/1 …

Books: Hormone displacement

Published: March 12, 2017
Written by Sarah Gellner

Testosterone Rex:?Unmaking the myths of our gendered minds by Cordelia Fine Icon Books £14.99 How often have you done it, as a parent or professional: watched a group of boys …

Books: The dark side of TV

Published: March 12, 2017
Written by Scarlett MccGwire

Rasmus:?A?Television Tale by PJ?Vanston Matador £8.99 Satire is meant to be savage but this supposed attack on the people who inhabit the world of television and their values actually targets …

Books: NGO thriller

Published: March 12, 2017
Written by Denis MacShane

The Reykjavik Assignment by Adam Lebor Head Of Zeus £18.99 Trying to explain how big international organisations work is not easy. No one reads academic tomes. journalists find it hard …

Theatre: Here come the girls

Published: March 12, 2017
Written by Cary Gee

The Girls Phoenix Theatre, London You might think there’s a finite number of times you can flog the same horse before it drops dead in front of you. Then along …

Film: Moonlight serenade

Published: March 12, 2017
Written by Patrick Mulcahy

Moonlight Director: Barry Jenkins Elle Director: Paul Verhoeven I normally only miss the American Academy Awards on TV if I am in a medically-induced coma – it happened in 2012 …

Theatre: Killer drama by crown prince

Published: March 12, 2017
Written by Aleks Sierz

Killer Shoreditch Town Hall, London One of the reasons that Philip Ridley is the crown prince of imaginative playwriting is that he came at theatre from leftfield. In the 1980s, …

Cabaret: Filthy funny bunny

Published: March 12, 2017
Written by Cary Gee

Lady Bunny: Trans-Jester Soho Theatre, London Lady Bunny, NYC drag legend and founder of drag-fest Wigstock, does a nice line in self-deprecation. Before sashaying onto the stage, beneath a blonde …

Books: A bigger bang than Bikini

Published: February 28, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

Heligoland: Britain, Germany and the struggle for the North Sea by Jan Ruger Oxford University Press £25 For those devourers of “forgotten” history, this book is a must. Maybe not …

Books: A partial account of the losers’ war

Published: February 28, 2017
Written by Glyn Ford

Hell And Good Company: The Spanish Civil War and the world it made by Richard Rhodes Simon & Schuster £9.99 Winners write history, with only rare exceptions. The Spanish Civil War …