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The Yellow Peril: Dr Fu Manchu & the Rise of Chinaphobia by Christopher Frayling review

This history of racism shows how scaremongering cliches about the Chinese have prevailed from Dickens to today.

Damian Rice: My Favourite Faded Fantasy review reclusive songwriter returns in icier mood

When a reclusive, multi-million-selling songwriter of an intense sentimental disposition disappears for eight years, then returns, there's a lot to be exorcised on their return.

Tis Pity Shes a Whore review naked passion illuminated by candlelight

John Ford’s unsettling Renaissance incest drama is lent a subtle urgency by fine acting and direction.

Hugh Masekela and Somi review: an old master in fine fettle

Shades of Fela Kuti in Masekelas ageless funk and fury, and in Somas African-inspired protest songs.

Joan of Arc: A History by Helen Castor review a Joan of her time

There have been many lives of the saint, but none quite like this masterly narrative drawing on strictly contemporary sources.

Lamentation review CJ Sansoms new Tudor mystery

As grim as Horrible Histories and darker than Hilary Mantels novels the sixth in the Shardlake seriesCJ Sansoms sixth Tudor mystery begins with a prolonged, graphic description of the burning alive of a heretic. Sansoms regular protagonist, the humpback

Tennessee Williams review John Lahrs compulsively readable biography

Sex and madness: the troubled playwright who released US theatre from its puritanical straitjacketWhen Tennessee Williams declared Life is cannibalistic he was also speaking of art: he had a tendency to equate the two. As John Lahr notes in his mammoth ne

Sunny Afternoon review: a heady celebration of the Kinks and Ray Davies

Neatly allows the songs to grow out of the story, and perfectly captures Ray Daviess mix of bloody-mindedness and innocence.

Simple Minds - Big Music: Exclusive album stream

Have a listen to Simple Minds first album in five years and let us know your thoughts!

The Wild Duck review revision serves up 80 minutes of potted Ibsen

Simon Stone's compressed and clever Australian version aims to capture the essence of Ibsens greatest tragicomedy, but where's the irony?