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The Pure Gold Baby by Margaret Drabble - review

Margaret Drabble's tale of a single mother in 60s Hampstead displays her trademark shrewd observation and acerbic wit There are certain things you know when confronted with the thrilling prospect of a new Margaret Drabble book. Over the course of her dis

Arctic Monkeys: 'In Mexico it was like Beatlemania'

Have fame and LA changed Sheffield's street-smart rockers? Here, the childhood chums discuss friendship, books, songwriting - and their favourite condiment The four members of Arctic Monkeys are standing in what seems like a giant shipping container so

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert - review

All I really knew about Elizabeth Gilbert before picking up her new novel was that she had written Eat, Pray, Love, a memoir detailing her search for spiritual enlightenment in the wake of a marital break-up. That book sold by the bucketload, made Bali a

Anna Calvi: 'I get really angry. I'm like a sleeping lion'

On the eve of the release of her new album, One Breath, Anna Calvi reflects on unexpected fame, sexist journalists and working with Karl Lagerfeld Anna Calvi never expected her music to be popular. In fact, she wasn't even sure that her first album, rele

The Engagements by J Courtney Sullivan - review

J Courtney Sullivan's ambitious third novel charts 20th-century social history through the journey of one engagement ring At the time J Courtney Sullivan was writing her latest novel, her boyfriend proposed. Such a biographical detail would not normall

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - review

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's third novel is a superb dissection of race in the UK and the USA There are some novels that tell a great story and others that make you change the way you look at the world. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Americanah is a book tha

Winter Games by Rachel Johnson - review

Rachel Johnson pulls off the tricky feat of setting an entertaining romp against the backdrop of Nazi Germany It is 1936. Daphne Linden, the unworldly, 18-year-old daughter of a priapic Oxford professor, is sent to finishing school in Germany along with

The Unknown Bridesmaid by Margaret Forster - review

A child psychologist is troubled by an incident from her past in Margaret Forster's absorbing novel Margaret Forster is a brilliant and prolific writer. To date, she has produced 25 novels, seven works of biography or history and two memoirs. The Unknow