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Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh by John Lahr, book review

Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh, the revealing subtitle to John Lahr's huge, often fascinating, official biography of Tennessee Williams, sounds as if it might be a reference to some risky American film starring the likes of Lana Turner.

Nicholas de Jongh | The Independent

This Is Bacon by Kitty Hauser review nicely subversive

A punchy introduction to an artist who attracts high scholarship and low gossip.

Frances Spalding | The Guardian

Douglas Adams: How a new biography sheds light on his genius

Comedy matters. Arguably the toughest and most widely loved art form we have, comedy is still finding its rightful place within our national heritage, with a Comedy Museum newly opened in the capital, an impressive landmark crafted from catchphrases in...

Jem Roberts | The Independent

Book review: Victoria

IF THERE is one thing most people know about Queen Victoria, it is that she was not amused. And yet, contrary to popular belief, the woman who became Britain’s Queen in 1837, aged just 18, loved joking, music and dancing.

Dominic Sandbrook | The Scotsman

The merry monarch beneath the widow’s weeds

This terrific biography of Queen Victoria shows that there really was a human being behind the gloomy portraits.

Dominic Sandbrook | Evening Standard

‘Hockney: The Biography’, by Christopher Simon Sykes

The second volume of this biography of David Hockney is long on the life but short on the art

Financial Times | Jackie Wullschlager

Victoria: A Life by A. N. Wilson, book review: Slapdash and inconsistent, but never dull

The publishers describe A.N. Wilson's book as the definitive biography of Queen Victoria, which draws on a wealth of new material to show her as she's never been seen before. Even by normal blurb standards this is hyperbole.

Piers Brendon | The Independent

Parliament: the Biography II by Chris Bryant, book review: A history of Members' indiscretions

Did you know that the last MP to be permanently expelled from the House of Commons was a journalist named Garry Allighan who was elected in 1945, and ejected in 1947 for the appalling crime of writing a newspaper article in which he alleged that MPs...

Andy McSmith | The Independent

‘Philip Larkin: Life, Art and Love’, by James Booth

A new biography of Philip Larkin that captures a multi-faceted personality – and a complex love life

Financial Times | Roger Lewis

Victoria: A Life by AN Wilson review

Bad behaviour, pan‑European politics and a rich, inward life – a queen is reinterpreted in this shimmering new biography.

Kathryn Hughes | The Guardian