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Douglas Adams: How a new biography sheds light on his genius

Comedy matters. Arguably the toughest and most widely loved art form we have, comedy is still finding its rightful place within our national heritage, with a Comedy Museum newly opened in the capital, an impressive landmark crafted from catchphrases in Bl

Thomas Cromwell - Tracy Borman

Thomas Cromwell is known to millions as the leading character in Hilary Mantel's bestselling Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. But who was the real Cromwell? Born a lowly tavern keeper's son, Cromwell rose swiftly through the ranks to become Henry VII

Book review: Victoria

IF THERE is one thing most people know about Queen Victoria, it is that she was not amused. And yet, contrary to popular belief, the woman who became Britain’s Queen in 1837, aged just 18, loved joking, music and dancing.

The merry monarch beneath the widow’s weeds

This terrific biography of Queen Victoria shows that there really was a human being behind the gloomy portraits.

In Search of Duncan Ferguson - Alan Pattullo

Duncan Ferguson was an old-fashioned Scottish centre-forward who went from a boarding house in Dundee to the marble staircase of Rangers in a record-breaking transfer. His GBP4m move from Dundee United to Ibrox made him British football's most expensive n

‘Philip Larkin: Life, Art and Love’, by James Booth

A new biography of Philip Larkin that captures a multi-faceted personality – and a complex love life

‘Hockney: The Biography’, by Christopher Simon Sykes

The second volume of this biography of David Hockney is long on the life but short on the art

Parliament: the Biography II by Chris Bryant, book review: A history of Members' indiscretions

Did you know that the last MP to be permanently expelled from the House of Commons was a journalist named Garry Allighan who was elected in 1945, and ejected in 1947 for the appalling crime of writing a newspaper article in which he alleged that MPs were

Victoria: A Life by A. N. Wilson, book review: Slapdash and inconsistent, but never dull

The publishers describe A.N. Wilson's book as the definitive biography of Queen Victoria, which draws on a wealth of new material to show her as she's never been seen before. Even by normal blurb standards this is hyperbole.

Victoria: A Life - AN Wilson

When Queen Victoria died in 1901, she had ruled for nearly sixty-four years. She was mother of nine and grandmother of forty-two, and the matriarch of Royal Europe, through the marriages of her children. To many, Queen Victoria is a ruler shrouded in myth