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Not My Father's Son by Alan Cumming- dark times on road to reason

ALAN CUMMING is one of the few gay actors to have been embraced by...

Watch Me review – Anjelica Huston’s revealing account of her A-list friends

Anjelica Huston proves herself an astute observer in her star-...

Special Deluxe by Neil Young review – ‘The proud highway of second thoughts’

From gas-guzzler to eco-warrior: the rock star waxes lyrical about...

When child abuse is a family affair

BEING born to, and bred by, a sadistically violent parent is a...

Book review: Not My Father's Son By Alan Cumming

In one of the most interesting and unsettling sections of Alan...

The Mystery of Princess Louise: Queen Victoria's Rebellious Daughter by Lucinda Hawksley

As a previous biographer once called her, Princess Louise was...

Manson: the Life and Times of Charles Manson, by Jeff Guinn, review

During the Summer of Love, Charles Manson and his followers were...

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...