From Donald Trump to Syrian bombs – in modern political times, ‘normal’ carries an extra moral nuanceBritain joined in the bombing of Syria last weekend, explained Theresa May, because chemical weapons must not be “normalised”. But in these abno
One of Italy’s most accomplished novelists spins a wonderful story about an elderly illustrator and his four-year-old grandsonDomenico Starnone is one of those novelists who from page one invite us to expect catastrophe. The main character is vulnerable
An important and timely book, in the wake of Grenfell Tower, which emphasises how public investment enriches livesIn June last year, three days after the fire at Grenfell Tower, John Boughton wrote a restrained yet furious post on his blog, Municipal Drea
Everyman, LiverpoolPeppered with the novelist’s own songs, this musical makeover of Anthony Burgess’s classic finds plenty of contemporary resonancesA Clockwork Orange was the story Anthony Burgess couldn’t stay away from. Although reportedly writte
The rapper made an unexpected return to the platform, sharing a book involving time and photography and advice for creativesDuring Kanye West’s 11-month absence from the site, Twitter could hardly have been described as boring. Even without the 40-year-
Reading a book that deals with the subject of reinvention can help make transforming your life a little easier.
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From Superman’s first flight to the issue where he lost his job (and that time he made Santa buff), a look back at eight decades of Action ComicsEighty years ago today, the first issue of Action Comics was released, with the now iconic cover showing Sup
First love and the nature of consciousness are examined in this extraordinary journey into the cryptanalyst’s dreamworldThe premise is startlingly ambitious: what if we could think our way into Alan Turing’s dreams? It’s the sort of thing Turing him
Whether you want to launch an empire or become the best in your field, who better to consult than those who have achieved the peak of professional and financial success?
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The FBI director sacked by Trump a year ago attempts to justify his pre-election decisions and paints a portrait of the president that could not be uglierIn the copious literature of the US capital, there is a sub-genre we might call “the saint in the s
The Guardian and 4th Estate BAME short story prize, tapping into the talents of black, Asian and minority ethnic writers, is now open for entriesThe third Guardian and 4th Estate BAME short story prize opens for entries today, offering writers a chance to
New suit claims Aaron Sorkin adaptation may have to be scrapped over alleged differences between the play and novel, as producers offer to stage disputed work at federal courtIn a courtroom drama worthy of the novel itself, producers of the first Broadway
A long overdue collection from US poet laureate Tracy K Smith weaves a spiritual hymn to the nation’s forgotten peopleTracy K Smith is the poet laureate of the United States and a winner of the Pulitzer prize. Wade in the Water is, inexplicably, the fir
Mark Cocker delivers a blistering attack on the country’s collective failure to protect its landscape and wildlifeAt the outset of Our Place, Mark Cocker sets out his vision of the kind of book he’s trying to write. Springing out of his attempts to st
THE Hobbit and Harry Potter are some of the nation’s favourite books – but some readers have even more reasons to hold on to the titles. First-editions books from J.K Rowling, J.R.R Tolkien or Ian Fleming are all highly collectable with some
A shivering chorus line prepares behind the curtain in a London theatre in this poem by Symons, a symbolist poet and dance fanBehind the Scenes: EmpireThe little painted angels flit,See, down the narrow staircase, whereThe pink legs flicker over it! Conti