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The Game of Our Lives: The Meaning and Making of English Football by David Goldblatt review

An enlightening survey of the game in the post-Thatcher era, as it fell prey to nefarious owners and inept administratorsWe all well, many of us have our own football mythology, and mine goes something like this. In childhood, the obsession binding thin

Coolatully review touching tale of tough times in rural Ireland

Finborough theatre, London With its echoes of Brian Friel and Conor McPhersons The Weir, this prizewinning play paints a plausible picture of the modern Celtic twilight Continue reading...

Prince Lestat by Anne Rice review blood drinkers with iPhones

Rices vampires take on the digital age but have they bitten off more than they can chew?Bloodsucking is not a free ride. The drawbacks of being a vampire extend beyond draughty castles, unsociable hours, an overly formal dress code and the occasional mob

Neil Young: Storytone review orchestra-backed album thats better without the orchestra

(Warner)Neil Youngs fifth album in as many years comes in a standard version that defies any expectation raised by that word. Its backing band is a full orchestra and choir, whose gooey strings and slangy swing make standard stuff like guitar solos surplu

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