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The Slits' Viv Albertine on life after punk

Not long after Viv Albertine handed the manuscript of her memoir to the publisher, the enormity of what she'd done properly hit her.

Bobby Womack: My Story by Bobby Womack and Robert Ashton, review: 'honest and hard-boiled'

Bobby Womack's long life was a no-holds-barred saga of musical glory and personal excess, says Neil McCormick.

Goldeneye: Where Bond Was Born, Ian Fleming's Jamaica by Matthew Parker, review: 'melancholic and thought-provoking'

Ian Fleming wrote his spy thrillers in a macho Jamaican retreat that Bond himself would have envied, finds Sinclair McKay

The Mockingbird Next Door by Marja Mills, review: 'the art of the non-event'

A journalist's account of her friendship with Harper Lee is a masterclass in betrayal, says Frances Wilson.

Walter Benjamin: A Critical Life - Howard Eiland, Michael W. Jennings

Walter Benjamin was perhaps the twentieth century's most elusive intellectual. His writings defy categorization, and his improvised existence has proven irresistible to mythologizers. This biography presents a comprehensive portrait of the man and his tim

'Romany and Tom', Ben Watt's Second Memoir, Is a Quiet, Reflective Tale

There isn’t much about Romany and Tom: A Memoir that appeals from a thousand-foot view.

Walter Benjamin: A Critical Life review gambler, womaniser, thinker

Stuart Jeffries wishes Howard Eiland and Michael W Jennings, the authors of this essential study, had been as daring as their subjectIt is a winter's morning in Berlin in 1900. The maid has put an apple to bake in the little oven at eight-year-old Walter

Sex-crazed. Drunk. But was Britain's most X-rated poet quite as wicked as he's painted?

The first law of fiction is that bad characters are more rewarding than good ones. Much the same can be said of history: vice is more interesting than virtue.

Time Out of Mind: The Lives of Bob Dylan - Ian Bell

In the concluding volume of his groundbreaking study, Ian Bell explores the unparalleled second act in a quintessentially American career. It is a tale of redemption, of an act of creative will against the odds, and of a writer who refused to fade away.

Broken wings: Helen Macdonald on her father's death, and how training a goshawk helped her to find her way home

Until the evening that the phone call came, I’d never understood why people say “Are you sitting down?” before they deliver bad news. But then I did.