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The Opposite of Loneliness review Marina Keegan's life cut short

Keegan's posthumous collection of essays and stories shows a prodigious talent already in full bloomWhen Marina Keegan graduated from Yale in 2012 her CV already boasted internships at the Paris Review and the New Yorker (at which a much-coveted staff...

Lucy Scholes | The Guardian

Locked In review one man's punchily written recovery story

Style matches subject matter in Richard Marsh's account of how he conquered locked-in syndromeOn Tuesday 19 May 2009, 55-year-old former policeman Richard Marsh felt a bit odd. The following day, a massive stroke sent him to intensive care where,...

Helen Zaltzman | The Guardian

The Adventures of Henry Thoreau by Michael Sims, review: 'a glimpse into Thoreau's times'

Henry Thoreau's retreat to Walden Pond continues to influence US culture even today, says Nicholas Blincoe

Nicholas Blincoe | The Telegraph

Gilbert and George, Jonathan Harvey, Chichester Festival Theatre

Artistic duo Gilbert & George on their provocative exhibition, Scapegoating Pictures, and why they think religion should be banned.

BBC Front Row | Samira Ahmed

Assata: An Autobiography, by Assata Shakur, book review: Revolutionary from a different time, a different struggle

The revolutionary Black Liberation Army of the 1970s rose out of the ashes of the Black Panther Party to free black people in the United States, this time through armed struggle. The peaceful civil rights movement of the sixties had eliminated...

Bernadine Evaristo | The Independent

A book for the beach: I Put a Spell on You by John Burnside

This is a book that will change you and your understanding of life and do so without taking up too much of your holiday timeThe requirement for summer reading used to be a vast, compelling book. Something to lose yourself in. Tolstoy, Conrad,...

Madeleine Bunting | The Guardian

A Feminist in the Forest

In ‘White Beech,’ Germaine Greer Takes an Ecological Journey.

Dwight Garner | The New York Times

Dusty by Karen Bartlett, review

Dusty Springfield's achingly vulnerable voice expressed the agony she felt over her suburban upbringing and her sexuality, says Helen Brown

Helen Brown | The Telegraph

Fairyland By Alysia Abbott

On the surface, Fairyland tells a unique story; when her mother is killed in a car accident, three year old Alysia Abbott goes to live in San Francisco with her father, who

Matt Cain | The Independent