Victoria Segal

Touching from a Distance by Deborah Curtis review – a wife’s memoir

Shoved to the sidelines during Ian Curtis’s time with Joy Division, his widow Deborah casts valuable light on one of modern music’s darkest storiesThe legend of Joy Division’s Ian Curtis, who killed himself in May 1980 aged 23, is often drawn in sta

The Poets' Daughters review a meticulous double portrait

An elegantly interlocking biography of Dora Wordsworth and Sara Coleridge shows us that greatness casts a long shadowThey might have believed that children should run "wild and free", but William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge both weighed heavily

FKA Twigs LP1

Strong look, strong sound: it’s a substantial debut for the alt-R&B enigma.

Glorious Misadventures: Nikolai Rezanov and the Dream of a Russian America review

Owen Matthews's book about the Russian courtier and adventurer is packed with rumbustious merchants, nautical japes and brutal historyConsidering the serious amount of research that has gone into this book about Russia's 18th-century imperial designs on C

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