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Elvis Has Left the Building - Dylan Jones

The King departed this world during the month of punk rocks apotheosis. Punk had set out to destroy Elvis, or at least everything he came to represent, but never got the chance. Elvis destroyed himself before anyone else could. Nearly forty years after hi

Caught between Marx and a monster

A review of Eleanor Marx, by Rachel Holmes. Forget her shit of a husband and her father Karl and marvel at Eleanor’s own contributions.

Lillian Hellman lied her way through life

A review of Lillian Hellman: An Imperious Life, by Dorothy Gallagher. This disloyal Stalinist has not been blessed with a biographer who likes her.

The Iceberg: A Memoir by Marion Coutts, book review: A searing prose poem from a widow to her late husband

When Tom Lubbock died in January 2011, aged just 53, readers of The Independent mourned the loss of a respected and much-loved art critic.

The Iceberg: A Memoir by Marion Coutts (Atlantic,

When tom lubbock died in January 2011, aged just 53, readers of The Independent mourned the loss of a respected and much-loved art critic. For just over two years he had been dying from the effects of a brain tumour; we knew this because he wrote bravely

Good Morning, Mr Mandela by Zelda la Grange, review: 'compelling and ultimately heartbreaking'

South Africa's saviour was helped in his final, ailing years by a loyal Afrikaner aide, finds David Blair

I Put a Spell on You by John Burnside, review: 'a scintillating and insightful ragbag'

Jake Kerridge sees how life in Corby propelled the great poet John Burnside into nature's arms

My Life as a Foreign Country review a compulsive, fevered confessional of war

Brian Turner, a former army sergeant, captures US conflict down the generations in a gripping memoir.

The Climb: The Autobiography - Chris Froome

The Climb by Chris Froome - the inspirational memoir from the British winner of the 100th edition of the Tour de France The Climb tells the extraordinary story of Chris Froome's journey from a young boy in Kenya, riding through townships and past wild

The Climb by Chris Froome and Lanterne Rouge by Max Leonard reviews

Just how ruthless is Chris Froome? Richard Williams on feuds, victims and doping ahead of the Tour de France Before the Tour de France sets off from Leeds on Saturday 5 July, those riders hoping to dethrone Chris Froome, the Kenyan-born, South African-edu