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Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes review the creativity of violence

This tale of a possessed killer in a town of repossessions shows that horror can be the best way to explain our unbelievable reality.

Hard Times: The Divisive Toll of the Economic Slump review Tom Clark and Anthony Heath debunk recovery

This rigorous examination of data on the crash and the recovery suggests that the Conservatives' optimism does not bear much relation to the grim economic realities that most people face.

Demons by Wayne Macauley review pathos and parody of Australia's intellectual left

A group of friends gather at a remote spot for a weekend of storytelling, with Macauley treading the fine line between satire and sentiment.

Shakespeare in Love review a heady celebration of the act of theatre

Many of the best lines may come from the film, but the play manages to be a warm and witty paean to life on the stage.

Carlos Acosta: Cubanía review eloquent, electrifying and hokey

The Cuban superstar's mixed bill oscillates between transfixing works and less engaging pieces.

The Boy Who Fell Into a Book review an engrossingly surreal spectacle

The musical version of Alan Ayckbourn's play for young people is an ideal introduction to the pleasures of reading and the power of the theatre.

Prom 6: Der Rosenkavalier review scaled back but still a treat

In May, reviews of Glyndebourne's new production of Der Rosenkavalier triggered a media storm about sexism.

Skylight by José Saramago love, life and loss in Lisbon

It's taken six decades for this early novel by the Portuguese great to reach publication. Now it illuminates the development of a radically original artist.

This Was a Man review first ever outing for Coward's once-banned play

There's much to enjoy watching the bad behaviour of a generation swigging cocktails in the wake of the first world war.

Mozart: The Last Symphonies review a thrilling journey through a tantalising new theory

Since Charles Mackerras's superb recordings with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra appeared in 2008, we have been quite spoiled by new accounts of Mozart's last three symphonies, most recently from Frans Brüggen and the Orchestra of the 18th Century (Glossa