Biography

Jerry Lee Lewis - His Own Story by Rick Bragg, book review: A mad, bad and dangerous rock 'n' roll star to know

During the session for the seminal “Great Balls Of Fire”, Jerry Lee Lewis and Sun Records boss Sam Phillips engaged in an impassioned, drunken theological dispute about rock’n’roll, the singer worried that he might be leading people away from God.

My Life in Houses by Margaret Forster review a house is not always a home

A memoir of upwardly mobile living is marred by the authors sense of entitlementAs its jacket helpfully points out, Margaret Forsters new book is not concerned with interior design; those seeking advice about scatter cushions will find nothing useful here

Scorsese: A Retrospective - Tom Shone

Since emerging in the 1970's, Martin Scorsese has become one of the best known film directors. This retrospective pays tribute to him and his career, which is now into its sixth decade. By using his in depth knowledge, Tom Shone celebrates the work of

Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin, book of a lifetime: Passionate writer captures an essential aspect of life in America

I first read James Baldwin's Go Tell It on the Mountain in my sophomore year of college, when Giovanni's Room got me hooked on Baldwin. It broke my heart and made me want to jump up and down, unable to fully articulate my own response towards it.

Victoria: A Life. By AN Wilson

SHE may well have said “We are not amused” to the very idea of Scotland’s bid for independence.

Sugar in the Blood: A Family’s Story of Slavery and Empire

WHITE gold and black gold –the two are diabolically linked, fuelling Britain’s industrial revolution off the back of its colonial wealth. But when Leicester blacksmith George Ashby arrived in what was to become its richest colony in the 1630s, Barbad

Scorsese: a Retrospective by Tom Shone, review: 'jazzy, thumbnail writing'

Martin Scorsese should be remembered for his maverick spirit, not his commercial failures, says Tim Robey.

Boris Johnson explains how to speak like Winston Churchill

The Mayor of London becomes a grammar policeman as he explains Churchill's favourite linguistic tricks.