Kate Kellaway

Hill of Doors by Robin Robertson - review

Autobiography and myth are the themes of this collection, which contains poems as satisfying as novels Robin Robertson's fifth collection has been artfully organised. He has shown in earlier work (for which he has won the Forward prize more than once and

The Winslow Boy - review

The Winslow Boy seems to be a storm in a teacup. Did Ronnie, a 14-year-old cadet, steal a postal order for five shillings, forge a signature and deserve expulsion from naval college? But because this is about justice, it turns out, in Terence Rattigan's

Ben Whishaw: 'I feel I'm always in the dark' - interview

Ben Whishaw has just walked into the Jerwood Space – where he has been rehearsing. Slight and boyish, he is wearing a shirt and T-shirt in jostling colours – plum reds and pinks – as if he has grabbed the first clothes he could find. He certainly do

I Know You're Going to Be Happy by Rupert Christiansen - review

Rupert Christiansen's account of how his father abandoned the family is poignant and compelling Rupert Christiansen's memoir is not quite a portrait of his father. It cannot be, because Michael Christiansen walked out of the family when Rupert was four t

Macbeth; If You Don't Let Us Dream, We Won't Let You Sleep; A Chorus Line - review

The wonderful thing about Jamie Lloyd's production of Macbeth is that the Scottish play is Scottish. There is a rightness about the accents – it's almost as if one had only heard the play in translation until now. It is tremendous to hear James McAvoy's

Macbeth; If You Don't Let Us Dream, We Won't Let You Sleep; A Chorus Line - review

The wonderful thing about Jamie Lloyd's production of Macbeth is that the Scottish play is Scottish. There is a rightness about the accents – it's almost as if one had only heard the play in translation until now. It is tremendous to hear James McAvoy's

Macbeth; If You Don't Let Us Dream, We Won't Let You Sleep; A Chorus Line - review

The wonderful thing about Jamie Lloyd's production of Macbeth is that the Scottish play is Scottish. There is a rightness about the accents – it's almost as if one had only heard the play in translation until now. It is tremendous to hear James McAvoy's

Pondlife: A Swimmer's Journal by Al Alvarez - review

Al Alvarez's swimmer's diary, describing his all-year-round swimming in the outdoor ponds on Hampstead Heath, north London, is a marvellous book. Even the title Pondlife is spot-on: unlaboured, light and right. But it has no business to be as invigorating

The Overhaul by Kathleen Jamie - review

Kathleen Jamie's spare verse is both in tune with nature and at home with itself Kathleen Jamie's The Overhaul is easy to overlook (as I did when it came out towards the end of last year) because although attentive, it is in no way attention-seeking. T