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Book review: Frog Music by Emma Donoghue

IT’S a brave author who starts a book by bumping off their best character.

Rosamund Urwin | The Scotsman

Matisse; Locke; Val McDermid

John Wilson discusses Tate Modern's Matisse: The Cut-Outs with Matisse biographer Hilary Spurling and curator Nicholas Cullinan.

BBC Front Row | John Wilson

Calvary, Birdland, Jamaica Inn, Teju Cole, The First Georgians

John Michael McDonagh's film Calvary reunites him with Brendan Gleeson after their success together on The Guard in 2011.

BBC Saturday Review | Tom Sutcliffe

Book reivew: Orfeo by Richard Powers

Richard Powers's much-lauded fiction has something of George Eliot's Casaubon about it.

James Kidd | The Independent

The Quick by Lauren Owen - review

Pass the garlic. And a cross. For the past few years it’s been vampires a go-go in the book world but now it’s time to enter the twilight years: let the undead find their peaceful grave. They've earned it.

Express.co.uk | Millie Noakes

Leaving the Sea by Ben Marcus review Original and powerful short stories

Ben Marcus is one of the most stunningly original and profoundly unsettling writers of his generation.

Stuart Kelly | The Guardian

Book review: Frog Music by Emma Donoghue

Emma Donoghue’s eighth novel is her first since Room (2010), which was inspired by the Joseph Fritzl case and propelled her to global bestseller status from the ranks of the excellent-but-underappreciated historical novelists.

Katy Guest | The Independent

Start with a torpedo, and see where you go from there

A review of The Temporary Gentleman, by Sebastian Barry. The compulsive story of a lovable failure.

Charlotte Moore | The Spectator

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch wins Pulitzer Prize 2014

Donna Tartt has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for her latest novel The Goldfinch.

Patrick Smith | Telegraph