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160 years of war photography: an audiovisual guide to the world's most powerful conflict images

In 1854, Roger Fenton showed a cannon-blasted field in the Crimean war. In 2001, Simon Norfolk shot sheep among the ruins in Afghanistan.

Emma by Alexander McCall Smith review – exhausting and implausible

McCall Smith fails to redraw Austen’s matchmaking heroine for the modern world in this third in a series of updated classicsNo matter how great the writer behind “a 21st-century reimagining” of Jane Austen, it is going to feel weird. But is there a

AC/DC – Rock or Bust first listen review

The 16th AC/DC studio album should, really, have been a lap of honour.

The Gospel According to the Other Mary review – the Bible to Skid Row

Coliseum, LondonIn ENO’s world stage premiere of John Adams’s passion oratorio, the conducting is superb, the playing and singing fabulously intense – and the principal soloists remarkable Continue reading...

Maggi Hambling returns to the National Gallery with Walls of Water

The artist speaks about her latest paintings inspired by waves at Southwold, as well as a work she produced in response to the death of Amy Winehouse.

Sylvia Garland’s Broken Heart review - Helen Harris’s study of family turmoil

The friction between a man’s wife and his mother is brought vividly to life in this divorce dramaSylvia Garland’s Broken Heart is the first novel Helen Harris has written for more than a decade (she wrote several much-praised books in her 20s and 30s)

Watch Me review – Anjelica Huston’s revealing account of her A-list friends

Anjelica Huston proves herself an astute observer in her star-packed second memoirThe first volume of Anjelica Huston’s memoir, published last year, was notable for being a celebrity memoir with barely any celebrity in it. A Story Lately Told dealt most

An Aviary of Small Birds review – a beautiful, painful, pitch-perfect debut

The stillbirth of Karen McCarthy Woolf’s son is the powerful emotional core of this deft, unsentimental collectionPoetry collections tend to be miscellaneous. They say: all change here, please as one alights from one poem and steps into the next – thi

Native North America Vol 1 review – a goldmine of forgotten fusions

Nowadays, such is the demand for ever rarer rarities and none-more-niche genres, almost every secondhand record shop has been ‘picked’ – shaken down for treasure to put on eBay.

Behind the Beautiful Forevers review – important stories forcefully told

Olivier, LondonDavid Hare’s adaptation of Katherine Boo’s acclaimed study of a Mumbai slum breaks new ground for the National Continue reading...