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Frank Auerbach: a painter's painter of horrors and joy

Troubling, profound work owned by friend Freud will surely win new generations of fans as he prepares for Tate retrospective Continue reading...

Natural Desire in Healthy Women by Gary Dexter review sex jokes and social satire

This engaging, gag-packed short novel gives Marie Stopes a new name and some new comical tics, then follows her fearless mission to bring birth control to the massesAnyone hoping for a serious account of Marie Stopes's life should look away now. Dexter's

How to Fight Islamist Terror from the Missionary Position by Tabish Khair review

Title aside, this is a quiet, oblique novel whose quirky humour challenges our assumptions about MuslimsWhat are the odds that the title of Tabish Khair's novel was suggested by his publisher, keen to inject a frisson of riskiness into a rather quiet, ob

Prom 56: LPO/Jurowski review cosmic in scope and intention

Royal Albert Hall, LondonVladimir Jurowski made the most familiar of scores sound fresh, and Holst's The Planets was particularly excitingThe London Philharmonic's Prom with Vladimir Jurowski was nothing if not cosmic in scope and intention. The programme

Ali Smith on How to Be Both: nonsense, science and frescoes - books podcast

The novelist discusses her new, Booker-longlisted novel with critic Gillian Beer Continue reading...

Churchill's Iceman: The True Story of Geoffrey Pyke: Genius, Fugitive, Spy review

This biography of a wartime master of problem solving reads wonderfully like an adventure storyIn the spring of 1943 chief of Combined Operations "Dickie" Mountbatten advanced into Winston Churchill's bathroom announcing that he had "a block of a new mate

The Betrayers by David Bezmozgis flight to Crimea

A vivid novel about compromise and identity among Russian JewsIt always strikes people outside the publishing industry as odd that it takes a year or more for a finished book to reach the market. Books pile up in stacks like planes circling above Heathrow

Pulled Apart By Horses: Blood review from subtle to skull-rattingly loud

(Best of the Best)Pulled Apart By Horses emerged from the ashes of the NME-constructed New Yorkshire scene, along with other Leeds bands such as Dinosaur Pile-Up producing a mix of slacker and stoner rock and doing it with a sense of humour. On their thi

Peggy Seeger: Everything Changes review a revelation

Folk legend Seeger returns to form, her limber vocals and experimental approach enhancing some of the year's best songsThis album is a revelation. Throughout her lengthy career, Peggy Seeger has proved that she is a thoughtful songwriter with an easygoing

Peggy Seeger: Everything Changes review a revelation

Folk legend Seeger returns to form, her limber vocals and experimental approach enhancing some of the year's best songsThis album is a revelation. Throughout her lengthy career, Peggy Seeger has proved that she is a thoughtful songwriter with an easygoing