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Dreams of the Good Life - Richard Mabey

While the Lark Rise to Candleford trilogy, Flora Thompson's much-loved portrait of life in the English countryside, has inspired a hit television series, relatively little is known about the author herself. In this highly original book, bestselling biogra

HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes - review

The dark side of Hillary Clinton's struggle for power is inadvertently revealed on many levels by the dreary new biography, HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton, by political reporters Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes, which purports to tel

William S. Burroughs: A Life - Barry Miles

It has been 50 years since Norman Mailer asserted, 'I think that William Burroughs is the only American novelist living today who may conceivably be possessed by genius.' This assessment holds true today. No-one since then has taken such risks in their wr

Little Failure: A memoir - Gary Shteyngart

Little Failure is an autobiography of comic genius by the hilarious Gary Shteyngart. Little Failure - its title the same as the alarming pet-name given to the young Gary Shteyngart by his father when growing up in pre-Glasnost Russia - is one of the most

Romany and Tom by Ben Watt - review

Ben Watt's vivid memoir about his bohemian parents captures their decline and the people they once were Most famous for being one half of pop duo Everything But the Girl with his wife, Tracey Thorn, musician and DJ Ben Watt has plunged into his pas

Whistler: a Life for Art's Sake, by Daniel E Sutherland, review

According to a new book, the artist devised every aspect of his exhibitions, from the frames to the catalogue fonts

Holding On Upside Down: The Life and Work of Marianne Moore by Linda Leavell - review

A biography of the great modernist poet Marianne Moore traces a life lived in her mother's shadow.

Bertolt Brecht: A Literary Life - Stephen Parker

This first English language biography of Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) in two decades paints a strikingly new picture of one of the twentieth century's most controversial cultural icons. Drawing on letters, diaries and unpublished material, including Brec

Little Failure by Gary Shteyngart - review

Funny, sad and honest, Gary Shteyngart's memoir is even better than his autobiographical novels It would be easy to dismiss Gary Shteyngart's new book, Little Failure , by asking if the world really needs a memoir from someone whose early fiction was so

Dreams of the Good Life by Richard Mabey - review

The real Lark Rise to Candleford: Flora Thompson didn't write it as a pastoral Arcadia - more a history of rural England's undoing Towards the end of this terrific book, Richard Mabey points out how odd it is that no one knows whether Flora Thompson wa