Going off Alarming by Danny Baker, book review: Some wonderfully told stories, often involving animals

“The world is his straight man,” it was once said about the late radio producer John Walters, and the same applies to another maverick broadcaster, Danny Baker.

Hockney: The Biography, Volume Two review

The best thing about Christopher Simon Sykes's authorised life of the painter is the anecdotes the rest is superficialAutobiographical, self-mythologising art is a relatively new phenomenon, especially paintings alluding to the painter's love life. Dante

The Big Midweek: Life Inside The Fall - Steve Hanley, Olivia Piekarski

The first insider's account of life inside The Fall, Steve Hanley's story unfolds like a novel; from 1979 when he joined his schoolmates Marc Riley and Craig Scanlon in The Fall, he puts us right in the heart of the action: on stage, on the tour bus, in t

Vivienne Westwood - Vivienne Westwood & Ian Kelly

Vivienne Westwood is one of the icons of our age. Fashion designer, activist, co-creator of punk, global brand and grandmother; a true living legend. Her career has successfully spanned five decades and her work has influenced millions of people across th

The Big Midweek: Life Inside the Fall review up close with Mark E Smith

Bassist Steve Hanley recounts 20 years of working with the post-punk prophet who runs the Fall like his own miniature armyIn her blurb for this appealing memoir, the former Mrs Mark E Smith Laura Salenger, AKA "Brix" Smith-Start says of Steve Hanley tha

More Fool Me - Stephen Fry

Stephen Fry invites readers to take a glimpse at his life story in the unputdownable More Fool Me. 'Oh dear I am an arse. I expect there'll be what I believe is called an "intervention" soon. I keep picturing it. All my friends bearing down on me and m

Not That Kind of Girl review Lena Dunham exposes all, again

Dunham was paid millions to write this memoir, and her writing talent shines clearly through, but there are limitations to 'clit lit' and remorseless self-exposureLena Dunham's first book, like Dunham herself, has accrued a cultural significance that is m

Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What Shes Learned review Lena Dunhams hilarious memoir

Lena Dunhams life story is as witty, frank and intense as she isExclusive extract: I just want to work the death thing outI love Lenas book (Im calling her Lena). I just want that out of the way.Not That Kind of Girl is a memoir in essays crammed with fri

Victoria: A Life review the monarch brought to vivid life

AN Wilson makes engaging use of diaries and letters to conjure the energy and emotions of the grieving Queen VictoriaAN Wilsons sturdy but elegant account of the life of Queen Victoria celebrates the richness of her inner world. Even in the years of still

George Osborne: the Austerity Chancellor review a biography far too in love with its subject

Janan Ganeshs fawning account of the rise of George Osborne is too blinded by his achievements to grapple with less pleasant factsDuring the years I sat opposite him in parliament, I came to regard George Osborne as a seriously bad man whose principal aim