Only When I Laugh by Paul Merton review 'no self-pity or special pleading'

He is now one of Britain's best-loved comics, but this autobiography tells a story of solitude and class insecurity.

Confused, unbalanced, brilliant: the Blanche Dubois of Tennessee Williams biographies

Thomas W. Hodgkinson says John Lahr’s ‘standalone’ new account of the life of the playwright, ‘Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh’, would be better if it didn't have to stand alone

Toby Jones; Maps to the Stars review; Rose Tremain; John Lahr on Tennessee Williams

British actor Toby Jones discusses his role in new TV drama Marvellous and Jason Solomons reviews David Cronenberg's latest film, the dark Hollywood satire Maps to the Stars. Also on the programme Rose Tremain explains the idea behind her shortlisted entr

Please Mister Postman - Alan Johnson

In July 1969, while the Rolling Stones played a free concert in Hyde Park, Alan Johnson and his young family left West London to start a new life. The Britwell Estate in Slough, apparently notorious among the locals, in fact came as a blessed relief after

Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh, John Lahr: A dazzling biography

John Lahr, award-winning author and chief theatre critic emeritus of The New Yorker can be discerned through a side window of the door of the London club where we have planned to meet.

A Replacement Life review Boris Fishman tells tall tales in a fine debut

A writer is persuaded to file false claims against Germany on behalf of Russian-Jewish Holocaust survivorsI was always going to like this novel. It is about Russia and Russian-ness and America and American-ness, about the relationship between the generati

Thomas Cromwell: The Untold Story of Henry VIIIs Most Faithful Servant review Tracy Bormans portrait is rather sketchy

This account of the rise and fall of the fascinating Thomas Cromwell is disappointingly light on facts.

Women in Dark Times review a wilfully obtuse feminist study

Jacqueline Rose wants her book to be a clarion call for a new feminism. But it is long-winded, precious and paradoxicalIn non-academic circles, Jacqueline Rose, who teaches at the University of London, is best known as the author of the 1991 book, The Hau

Alan Johnson, Please, Mister Postman, book review: An elegy to a time not so long gone

As the founder and general secretary of the AJ4PM campaign, I found This Boy, AJ’s memoir of his childhood, beautifully written, affecting, and sad.

Book review: Tenessee Williams, by John Lahr

JOHN Lahr’s biography of Tennessee Williams draws deep on new sources, says Jennifer Schuesslere