Pryce's call for reform of the treatment of female offenders would have benefited from a touch of contrition from the author All prisons exude an aura of sadness. But the most poignant depths of the criminal justice system are surely to be found in the
Abandoned in Paris by her aristocratic husband, Josephine's future did not look promising. But while her friends and contemporaries were sent to the guillotine during the Terror that followed the Revolution, she survived prison and emerged as the doyenne
'Suddently, at about one o'clock in the morning, there was a sharp, unbearably explicit knock on the door. 'They've come for Osip', I said'.
In 1933 the poet Osip Mandelstam- friend to Boris Pasternak and Anna Akhmatova- wrote a spirited satire denounc
The devil's in rather too much scholarly detail in John Eliot Gardiner's sporadically brilliant account of the great composer's life and times Lovers of Bach have many reasons to be grateful to Sir John Eliot Gardiner. His performances of Bach's cantatas
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Brutalised by a vicious father and acquiescent mother, and traumatised by less-than-honourable Second World War service and injury, Vernon Scannell never sorted human relationships, especially with the women who serially and concurrently shared his life.
“It’s time the tale were told,” sang Morrissey on The Smiths’ “Reel Around The Fountain”, and almost 30 years later he has finally done it in a mammoth memoir that, on account of appearing as a Penguin Classic, has caused a commotion well befo
The Beatles were big in our house. My sister, a baby boomer with a pay packet from Harrods, was in the audience on 13 October 1963 when they played Sunday Night at the London Palladium. Just six, I was allowed to stay up - as I was three weeks later, when