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Victoria Segal

Lana Del Rey Ultraviolence

After the Salem-style panic over Born To Die (if she floats she’s an artificial construct!) Lana Del Rey became more Cultural Studies cipher than flesh-and-blood pop star.

The Trip to Echo Spring by Olivia Laing review a study of six alcoholic US writers

Affected by her own family's experience with drink, Laing's book is full of insight, compassion and unexpected beauty Travelogue, literary criticism, memoir, science, psychoanalysis: Olivia Laing's second book lines up genres like shot glasses along a bar

Crazy River by Richard Grant - review

A quiet empathy and a willingness to raise important questions vindicate this account of a grim and chaotic east African odyssey "The purpose and the meaning of my journey were never quite clear to me," admits British-born, Arizona-based travel writer Ri