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In Search of Gielgud: A Biographer's Tale by Jonathan Croall review

This account of a biographer's battles to beat his 'authorised' rival is full of illuminating insights.

The Intellectual Life of Edmund Burke by David Bromwich review

Bromwich's biography From the Sublime and Beautiful to American Independence explores Burke's early career and uncovers a Romanticism at odds with his conservatism.

Rick Stein: 'My father was very charming to lots of people, but not to me'

Rick Stein talks to Matthew Stadlen about his rocky route to fame following his father's suicide.

Philip Larkin: Life, Art and Love - James Booth

Philip Larkin was that rare thing among poets: a household name in his own lifetime. Lines such as 'Never such innocence again' and 'Sexual intercourse began / In nineteen sixty-three' made him one of the most popular poets of the last century. Larkin'

The Poets' Daughters review a meticulous double portrait

An elegantly interlocking biography of Dora Wordsworth and Sara Coleridge shows us that greatness casts a long shadowThey might have believed that children should run "wild and free", but William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge both weighed heavily

Philip Larkin: Life, Art and Love by James Booth review

A loving, loyal friend or a misogynist monster which was the real Larkin?Larkin's poems cultivate solitude, withdrawal, "the wish to be alone". His persona is that of an awkward bachelor, too fond of his own company to crave other people's, too old (eve

Constant Lambert: Beyond the Rio Grande - Stephen Lloyd

To the economist and ballet enthusiast John Maynard Keynes he was potentially the most brilliant man he'd ever met; to Dame Ninette de Valois he was the greatest ballet conductor and advisor this country has ever had; to the composer Denis ApIvor he was t

Book – Constant Lambert, Beyond The Rio Grande – by Stephen Lloyd

Was the most famous fact about Constant Lambert the reason for his obscurity?  

Little House on the Prairie: the gritty real-life dramas behind the much-loved books and television series

Publication of Laura Ingalls Wilder's autobiography will reveal a less wholesome side to prairie life including drinking, love-triangles and domestic violence.

A Story Lately Told review Anjelica Huston dissects her glamorous life with a dispassionate eye

She has had a privileged life, but Anjelica Huston leaves the reader under no illusions in this accomplished memoirActress, model and movie royalty her father, the leonine director John Huston, was responsible for cinematic classics such as The Maltese F