Strike one

Published: September 9, 2017
Written by Les Hull

Strike:?The Cuckoo’s Calling BBC?1

Books: Unknowable genius of stone

Published: August 2, 2017
Written by Mike Parker

Michelangelo: His Epic Life by Martin Gayford Penguin Fig Tree £16.99 Can I say this? I don’t actually much like the work of Michelangelo. There, it’s done… I’m not criticising! …

Film: Survival as intimate epic

Published: August 2, 2017
Written by Patrick Mulcahy

Dunkirk Director:?Christopher Nolan Nothing in British writer-director ­Christopher Nolan’s oeuvre – not Memento, Inception nor the Dark Knight trilogy – prepares you for the Second World War spectacle Dunkirk. It …

Books: The long rocky road to where?

Published: August 2, 2017
Written by Sarah Gellner

The Road To Somewhere: The Populist Revolt And The Future Of Politics by David Goodhart C Hurst £20 I didn’t expect to like this book. I did a little office …

Books: Still blowing in the wind

Published: August 2, 2017
Written by Martin Griffin

Worth Dying For: The Power and Politics of Flags by Tim Marshall Elliott & Thompson £9.99 Though nobody would claim the British disdain symbolic display, edespite the national tendency to …

Theatre: Tale of torment is a treat

Published: August 2, 2017
Written by Aleks Sierz

Bodies Royal Court, London Surrogacy is an emotionally fraught subject. And one that is pregnant with meaning. The arrangement by which one woman gives birth to another’s baby challenges traditional …

Style, substance and some class acts

Published: July 31, 2017
Written by Stephen Kelly

Manchester International Festival Beginning in 2007, the biennial Manchester International Festival has now become one of the most important events in the arts calendar. In the last ten years, it’s …

Books: Journeys through contradictions

Published: July 31, 2017
Written by Paul Routledge

Al-Britannia, My Country: A Journey Through Muslim Britain by James Fergusson Bantam Press £20 The Battle For British Islam by Sarah Khan Saqi £14.99 Two random news items from recent …

TV: Pregnant pauses

Published: July 29, 2017
Written by Les Hull

In the Dark BBC 1 A pregnant crime solver on the screen is not that common. The last one I remember was in the film Fargo. Now there is In …

Dance: Briefs encounter

Published: July 26, 2017
Written by Cary Gee

Briefs: Close Encounters Underbelly Festival, South Bank, London Billed as Boylesque, Briefs, an Australian dance troupe directed and led by the fiercely non-binary Fez Faanana, have landed their glittery starship-a …

Theatre: Shit-Faced Shakespeare

Published: July 22, 2017
Written by Cary Gee

Much Ado About Nothing Leicester Square Theatre, London While this wouldn’t be the first play in the west-end to include an actor who is, frankly, a little the worse for …

Books: The last liberal hope of Europe?

Published: July 18, 2017
Written by Mike Parker

The Shortest History Of Germany by James Hawes Old Street £12.99 Say this for a grammar school education and a History ‘O’ Level – I know who Prince Otto von …

Books: A stark warning from history

Published: July 17, 2017
Written by Glyn Ford

Hitler’s American Model: The United States and the Making of the Nazi Race Law by James Q Whitman Princeton University Press £19.95 Hero and villain history is nice and simple, …

Theatre: The Sun’s irresistible rise

Published: July 16, 2017
Written by Aleks Sierz

Ink Almeida Theatre, London The recent general election result proves that the power of the right-wing press has diminished considerably in the digital age, but there was a time when …