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Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting review 'musicality and a following wind'

Former US soldier and award-winning novelist Kevin Powers finds order amid the chaos of war in his debut poetry collection.

The Land of Gold review - Sebastian Barker's fond farewell to paradise

Suffused with a love of God - and Greece - Sebastian Barker's final poems are a holiday for the soul At the end of Sebastian Barker 's final collection, in A Monastery of Light , he writes about the south-west Peloponnese where, he explains in a footno

riverrun review - 'an extraordinary tour de force'

Olwen Fouéré's solo stage interpretation of Finnegans Wake at the Shed is a delight.

All One Breath by John Burnside - review

Earthed and ethereal, the latest collection of poems from the author of Black Cat Bone is a marvel You might have expected that after Black Cat Bone , which won the TS Eliot and the Forward prizes, John Burnside would produce no more than an aft

Falling Out of Time by David Grossman - review

David Grossman's slim book broadens the scope of his moving inquiries into the grieving process In August 2006, the Israeli novelist David Grossman 's son, Uri, was killed in southern Lebanon, his tank hit by a rocket. The news came when Grossman was th

Martin Creed interview: 'Art is anything used as art by people'

The Turner prize winner reflects on the point of a piece of A4 paper and broccoli on the eve of his Hayward retrospective I meet Martin Creed more than a week before his retrospective What's the point of it? opens at the Hayward . The gallery is full of

Pilgrim's Flower by Rachael Boast - review

Rachael Boast mediates between the past and present in her intoxicating new collection This is a book of poetry as homage - there is even a poem with that name which offers this definition: "homage means going/back to the same place until it knows you".

Sculptor's Daughter by Tove Jansson; Tove Jansson: Life, Art, Words by Boel Westin - review

A reissue of Tove Jansson's magical childhood memoir complements a respectful centenary biography Tove Jansson was born almost 100 years ago, on 9 August 1914. In appearance she could not have been less like her most famous creation, Moomintroll. She had

Nina Stibbe: 'Alan Bennett was a bit mardy because I've exposed him as a handyman'

The author tells how football nearly cost her the nannying job on which her hilarious memoir of 80s literary London is based.

Dear Life by Alice Munro - review

The Nobel prizewinner's short stories are concise, subtle and masterly It is marvellous that winning the Nobel prize spreads the word about Alice Munro. Her talent is formidable but she has never been self-seeking: her short stories have a subtle, unshow