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The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion review a geek icon returns for a so-so sequel

The Rosie Project was a bestselling romcom that became Bill Gates's favourite novel. Now its Asperger's syndrome hero is back, and as socially inept as everIt took just a year for Graeme Simsion's debut novel, The Rosie Project, to progress from an Austra

La Traviata review convincing young lovers strike sparks

Tom Cairns's modern-dress touring production enjoys fine leads in Irina Dubrovskaya and Zach Borichevsky, and skilful support throughout.

Royal Ballet: Manon review striking Osipova not quite in her stride

Natalia Osipovas portrayal of ballets most ambivalent and sexual female character is vivid but the production lacks directionKenneth MacMillans Manon may be 40 years old, but the ballets heroine remains one of the most contemporary or at least the most i

Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence by Karen Armstrong review

What causes wars? How have we ended up with the idea that religious doctrine above all is to blame for human conflict?Islamic State is like a bad dream. Its horror flashes up on our screens, so out of place in the waking world of cities and shopping and w

Consumed by David Cronenberg review body horror and techno lust in director's debut novel

Fans of Cronenberg's films will find a similarly queasy appeal in his first book, a weirdly romantic but utterly depraved tale of sex, technology and conspiracyThe first novel by the film director David Cronenberg is in part a dramatic catalogue of high

Establishment and Meritocracy by Peter Hennessy review a valuable insider's view

Will talent and hard work get you to the top, or does class still rule?The intertwined questions at the heart of this intriguing essay are: is there a British establishment, and can anyone join it? That is, is it open to anyone on merit alone, rather than

Tracey Emin: The Last Great Adventure is You review a lesson in how to be a real artist

White Cube, BermondseyThe body screams in Emins latest show, which moves from crumbling, fleshy paint to tortured bronzes, and shakes the tradition of the female nude to the core. She is now clearly the most important British artist of her generationTrace

Alibis: Sigmar Polke 1963-2010 review voraciously off-the-wall pop

Tate Moderns retrospective takes up 14 rooms. And its barely enough to contain the messy, druggy, unfathomably elusive and wondrous art of Sigmar Polke.

Sigmar Polke: Alibis in pictures witty, sly fantasies from a German pop master

This retrospective, starting this week at Tate Modern, brings together the inscrutable, funny, and astonishingly wide-ranging pop art created by Sigmar Polke across nearly 50 years of work.

The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy review Rachel Joyces companion novel to The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

The story of Harold Frys 600-mile walk to visit a dying colleague movingly retold from the dying colleagues point of viewA companion novel rather than a sequel to Joyces previous The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (which was shortlisted for the Booker)