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A Man Called Destruction - Holly George-Warren

Alex Chilton’s story is rags to riches in reverse, beginning with teenage rock stardom and heading downward. Following stints leading 60s sensation the Box Tops (“The Letter”) and pioneering 70s popsters Big Star (“the ultimate American pop band

Charlie Chaplin by Peter Ackroyd, review

At the age of seven Charlie Chaplin was sleeping on park benches when he wasn’t in the workhouse.

Alex Chilton: 'I was getting very destructive in a lot of ways'

Sitting in an almost empty pub/club two hours before the doors opened, and one and a half hours after the Main Event was meant to turn up for his soundcheck, was hardly my original idea for a magic night out.

Genius who refused to let bigots call the tune

Slavery may officially have been abolished in America in 1865, but of course it wasn’t in actuality. Servitude and exploitation continued unabated for how long? A century?

Testament of Youth - Shirley Williams, Vera Brittain, Mark Bostridge

In 1914 Vera Brittain was eighteen and, as war was declared, she was preparing to study at Oxford. Four years later her life - and the life of her whole generation - had changed in a way that was unimaginable in the tranquil pre-war era. TESTAMENT OF Y

Wilfred Owen - Guy Cuthbertson

One of Britain's best-known and most loved poets, Wilfred Owen (1893-1918) was killed at the age of 25 on one of the last days of the First World War, having acted heroically as soldier and officer despite his famous misgivings about the war's rationale a

Richard Mabey: interview

On the way to the Crown Inn at Burston, Richard Mabey stops the car to point out the Burston Strike School.

Parliament: the Biography (Volume I: Ancestral Voices) by Chris Bryant, review

A bravura 'biography' of Parliament is both charming and important, says Roy Hattersley

Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain, book review: Republished memoir of Great War remains an evocative account

History is written by the victors, claims one school of thought. In this light, the interpretation of the events of the First World War becomes an intellectual and political struggle, narratives being forged from disputing points of view. Questions of aut

Wilfred Owen by Guy Cuthbertson, review

An illuminating study of Wilfred Owen's poems leaves their creator in shadow, says Nigel Jones