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Not My Father's Son: A Family Memoir review Alan Cumming recalls pain without self-pity

Alan Cummings violent upbringing at the hands of his father taught...

My Life in Houses by Margaret Forster review a house is not always a home

A memoir of upwardly mobile living is marred by the authors sense...

The Churchill Factor review Boris Johnsons flawed but fascinating take on his hero

The mayor of Londons paean to Churchill is self-serving but...

Scorsese: a Retrospective by Tom Shone, review: 'jazzy, thumbnail writing'

Martin Scorsese should be remembered for his maverick spirit, not...

Touching from a Distance: Joy Division and Ian Curtis, review: 'compelling and painful'

The memoir of Deborah Curtis offers a deeply personal counterpoint...

Anger is an Energy review John Lydon's autobiography is a ripe, breathless romp

The Sex Pistols and PiL frontman's second memoir shows how...

Vivienne Westwood by Vivienne Westwood & Ian Kelly, review: 'fabulously, fetishistically brilliant'

The life of Vivienne Westwood is cast as an uproarious picaresque...

‘The Churchill Factor’, by Boris Johnson

The London mayor’s defence of Winston Churchill is a bravura...

Boris Johnson: Winston Churchill would not have supported boots on the ground against Islamic State

At a readers Q and A for the launch of his new book, The Churchill...

Boris Johnson explains how to speak like Winston Churchill

The Mayor of London becomes a grammar policeman as he explains...

Tennessee Williams review John Lahrs compulsively readable biography

Sex and madness: the troubled playwright who released US theatre...

Victoria: A Life. By AN Wilson

SHE may well have said “We are not amused” to the very idea of...

Sugar in the Blood: A Family’s Story of Slavery and Empire

WHITE gold and black gold –the two are diabolically linked,...

Eichmann Before Jerusalem: The Unexamined Life of a Mass Murderer by Bettina Stangneth, book review

One question screams from the pages of this book. How did the...

Eichmann Before Jerusalem: The Unexamined Life of a Mass Murderer review

Bettina Stangneth's disturbing account of Adolf Eichmann's years...

From birth to mirth, Merton is telling it too straight

The deadpan comedian has another go at an autobiography, this time...

A surprisingly gracious Mr Cleese

John Cleese’s frank, conversational memoir ends in 1969 with the...

Anger Is an Energy review John Lydon's 'life uncensored'

The 'only truly terrifying singer rock'n'roll has ever known'...

So, Anyway… by John Cleese - book review: Always look on the bright side of life? You must be joking

John Cleese really didn't like his mother. That much is obvious....

Ezra Pound: Poet, the Epic Years by A David Moody, review: 'masterly'

In the second volume of the definitive Life of Pound, the prolific...

Behind the Mask: The Life of Vita Sackville-West review a catalogue of sexual conquests

No salacious detail of her love affairs is spared in an...

Roy Keane: The Second Half; Kevin Pietersen: KP The Autobiography reviews twin tragedies

Were two men ever more cruelly wronged? Not according to these...

The Mad Boy, Lord Berners, My Grandmother and Me review eccentric, hedonistic glamour

Sofka Zinovieff tells the story of Berners as he composes and...

Please, Mister Postman a charming sequel from Alan Johnson

The followup to the former home secretary's This Boy will do...

Paul Merton: 'I couldn't have written about my father while he was alive'

No stranger to tragedy as well as comedy, Paul Merton tells Bryony...