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A love of music rendered indigestible

Published: December 8, 2017
Written by Cary Gee

Why We Love Music by John Powell John Murray £9.99 How much of your day has been spent listening to music? You’re probably thinking not a lot. But according to …

Enjoyable romp

Published: December 8, 2017
Written by Carole Dawson Young

Splash! by Stephen Glover Constable £18.99 Sam Blunt is a drunken tabloid reporter who has definitely seen better days, and stories. And so has his newspaper the Daily Bugle. Sam, …

Failed grand opus

Published: December 8, 2017
Written by Scarlett MccGwire

Return To The Dark Valley by Santiago Gamboa Europa Editions £13.99 Never judge a book by its opening chapter; too often it has been honed to perfection, leading to disappointment …

Theatre: Power and pertinence

Published: December 7, 2017
Written by Aleks Sierz

­­­The Suppliant Women Young Vic, London Poison Orange Theatre, London Plays from far away, whether in terms of distance or time, can sometimes shine a bright light on our current …

TV: Blinding finish

Published: December 7, 2017
Written by Les Hull

Howard’s End BBC 1 Peaky Blinders BBC 1 Never having read Howard’s End or seen the Merchant-Ivory big screen adaptation, I came to the BBC’s new four-part serialisation without any …

Film: Swedish savvy – ‘We had parties here’

Published: December 7, 2017
Written by Patrick Mulcahy

Stockholm International Film Festival 2017 Some film festivals gain reputations by hosting premieres of hitherto unseen work, new films from internationally acclaimed directors accompanied by a traffic-stopping celebrity cast. Others …

Books: We must all take the fake news rap

Published: November 30, 2017
Written by Martin Griffin

Post-Truth: How Bullshit Conquered The World by James Ball Biteback £9.99 James Ball’s thorough and detailed account of the frustrating and sometimes disturbing media world in which we find ourselves …

Theatre: Big fish in small musical pond

Published: November 30, 2017
Written by William Russell

Big Fish The Other Palace, London Mother Courage and her Children Southwark Playhouse, London The House Of Benarda Alba Cervantes Theatre, London A spoonful of sugar may help the medicine …

Books: A socialist artistic tyrant

Published: November 21, 2017
Written by Stephen Kelly

Toscanini: Musician Of Conscience by Harvey Sachs Liveright £29.99 The Second World War brought inevitable moral conflicts for the orchestral world, particularly for musicians and conductors in Germany. Some, like …

Books: Painful return to the Circus

Published: November 21, 2017
Written by Martin Griffin

A Legacy Of Spies by John le Carré Viking £20 John le Carré’s compelling and poignant journey into the past of some of his major characters, and into the long-gone …

Books: Old fashioned and full of heart

Published: November 21, 2017
Written by Sarah Gellner

The Lost Musicians by William Heinesen Dedalus £9.99 There’s something refreshingly slow-paced about old-fashioned novels, written in the days before the creative writing academy, with its axioms of place, point …

Theatre: Still significant and fun

Published: November 21, 2017
Written by Aleks Sierz

Insignificance Arcola Theatre, London Trestle Southwark Playhouse London Away from the bright lights of the West End of London, far from the tourist hubbub, there are many theatres that do …

Film: A glorious decline

Published: November 21, 2017
Written by Patrick Mulcahy

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool Director: Paul McGuigan Ingrid Goes West Director: Matt Spicer As Gloria Grahame, Annette Bening (pictured, with Jamie Bell) convincingly embodies a 1950s Hollywood screen …

Books: Not quite what’s on the tin

Published: November 21, 2017
Written by Nigel Nelson

The Great Mystery: Science, God and the Human Quest for Meaning by Alister McGrath Hodder &?Stoughton £20 Alister McGrath is arguably Britain’s best popular theo­logian. His textbook Christian Theology: An …

Film: When Uncle Joe had to go

Published: November 21, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

The Death of Stalin Director: Armando Iannucci As a long-time correspondent in the House of Commons, I couldn’t stand Yes, Minister, because I could spot the flaws, exacerbated by the …

Film: Talking about love

Published: November 21, 2017
Written by Rita Di Santo

Call Me By Your Name Director: Luca Guadagnino Acclaimed Italian director Luca Guadagnino is back to talk about love in Call Me By Your Name. Love cannot be bought or …

TV: Bizarre life of Brian

Published: November 21, 2017
Written by Les Hull

Zapped Dave When it comes to stories set in strange and exotic places, I tend to be more of a science fiction fan. I prefer such worlds to be actual …