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Judith Flanders

Demons by Virginia Berridge, review

A vice, a sin or a disease? Judith Flanders explores our wavering attitudes to drugs

Hofesh Shechter, Sun, Sadler’s Wells

The first time you see a Shechter piece, you feel it, literally as well as figuratively: percussive is a mild word for his forceful choreography, the stamping, churning, yearning of his sweeping shapes and rhythms. Percussive is the music, too (Shechter p

Don Quixote, Royal Ballet

The opening night of the autumn season brings a gala first night, Carlos Acosta’s staging of Petipa’s Hispano-Russo-Austro-Hungarische castanet-fest, Don Quixote, with starry leads (Marianela Nuñez and Acosta himself), a very obviously expensive new

Tales of Two Cities by Jonathan Conlin, review

Judith Flanders is delighted by a fine study of cross-Channel cultural pollination

Nijinsky by Lucy Moore, review

The brief, brilliant life of Nijinsky is poorly served by a thin new biography, says Judith Flanders.

The Palace of Curiosities by Rosie Garland - review

This tale from the Victorian freakshow narrowly avoids cliche Rosie Garland is not your average first-time novelist. Singer for the Leeds goth-rock band the March Violets , she is also Rosie Lugosi , cabaret compere and performer, and has published sev

The Scent of Death by Andrew Taylor - review

Judith Flanders is hooked on a tale of murder and betrayal in the murky darkness of a New York besieged by the war of independence Edward Savill arrives in New York in 1778. He is a minor civil servant who, as the American war of independence rages, has

Family Secrets by Deborah Cohen: review

Judith Flanders delves into an illuminating study of the things we choose to keep secret