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Theatre: Julian Clary is cooking

Published: October 13, 2017
Written by Cary Gee

Le Grand Mort Trafalgar Studios, London Julian Clary looks up from his chopping board and with an economical twitch of an eyebrow, expresses his surprise to find us, the audience, …

Theatre: Thrilling history now

Published: October 12, 2017
Written by Aleks Sierz

Prism Hampstead Theatre, London Jane Eyre National Theatre, London British audiences love plays set in the past, and this week there are a couple which will thrill anyone who loves …

Books: Peerless scribe’s first novel

Published: October 12, 2017
Written by Denis MacShane

The Death of the Fronsac by Neal Ascherson Head of Zeus £18.99 Neal Ascherson has been an adornment of British, or perhaps more accurately Scottish internationalist journalism since the 60s. …

Books: Million pound poet’s life of rhymes

Published: October 12, 2017
Written by Cary Gee

How Freakin Zeitgeist Are You?:?Collected Poems by Murray Lachlan Young Unbound Books £16.99 Much modern poetry is best read alone, or simply best left unread. So this collection from Murray …

TV: Shakes and bakes

Published: October 12, 2017
Written by Les Hull

Upstart Crow BBC 1 The Great British Bake Off Channel 4 The irony of Ben Elton’s career is that he came onto the scene as a young, alternative writer-performer knocking …

Books: Umissable guide to perfidy

Published: October 4, 2017
Written by Edward Pearce

Blowback: How The West F*cked Up The Middle East (and why it was a bad idea) by Michael Luders Old Street Press £9.99 First of all, how very good a …

Books: Multi-dimensional heroine

Published: October 4, 2017
Written by Carole Dawson Young

Jane Austen: The Secret Radical by Helena Kelly Icon Books £8.99 Jane & Dorothy: A True Tale of Sense and Sensibility by Marian Veevers Sandstone Press £17.99 The new £10 …

Books: Poverty beneath the surface

Published: October 4, 2017
Written by Cary Gee

White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg Atlantic Books £20 On September 4, 1957, 15-year-old Elizabeth Eckford attempted to walk into her school building …

Books: Historical curiosity

Published: October 4, 2017
Written by Scarlett MccGwire

The Other Side by Alfred Kubin Dedalus £9.99 Alfred Kubin was one of the major graphic artists of the 20th century, illustrating the most imaginative writers of his time like …

Music: An upright talent

Published: September 28, 2017
Written by Cary Gee

Dan Lyons The Social, London Dan Lyons may not be the first drummer to discover his talents are better deployed standing up, but on the evidence of this evening’s performance, …

Theatre: Driven to memorise

Published: September 24, 2017
Written by Aleks Sierz

The Knowledge Charing Cross Theatre, London The black cab is such an iconic symbol of London that it’s easy to forget that inside every taxi there’s a human being who …

Television: Emergency service

Published: September 24, 2017
Written by Les Hull

Ambulance BBC?1 The fly on the wall documentary, where we follow a group of people in a particular occupation, getting to know the various personalities, goes back some years. Showing …

American mood

Published: September 10, 2017
Written by Patrick Mulcahy

Wind River Director: Taylor Sheridan Patti Cake$ Director: Geremy Jasper

Strike one

Published: September 9, 2017
Written by Les Hull

Strike:?The Cuckoo’s Calling BBC?1