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Women in Dark Times review a wilfully obtuse feminist study

Jacqueline Rose wants her book to be a clarion call for a new feminism. But it is long-winded, precious and paradoxicalIn non-academic circles, Jacqueline Rose, who teaches at the University of London, is best known as the author of the 1991 book, The Hau

Professor Green: Growing Up in Public review art doesnt reflect life in a humdrum third album

Having been banned from driving and robbed outside his home, Professor Green has endured an eventful time since 2011's At Your Inconvenience.

Kathryn Tickell & The Side review atmospheric folk with classical accents

Classical accents have proved fruitful for British folk in recent years (Lau, Unthanks).

Leonard Cohen: Popular Problems review brief, satisfying, full of surprises

Popular Problems is principally concerned with conflict, disaster and the almighty, but the second great gag on Leonard Cohen's 13th album is to start it with Slow, a fabulously sleazy blues about making the moment last.

The Brethren by Robert Merle review swashbuckling historical fiction

The first book in the 13-volume Fortunes of France series, published for the first time in English, is a hugely entertaining rompOccupying vast territories at the heart of a turbulent continent and still clambering out of the dark ages, the France of Rob

Close to the Wind by Jon Walter review a tense wartime journey

The dangerous adventures of a young boy and his grandfather are brought vividly to life in Walter's debut children's novelIn Close to the Wind, Jon Walter reveals the rare ability to create totally believable characters and settings in few words and wit

Mike Bartlett: How I wrote King Charles III

Playwright Mike Bartlett knew he wanted King Charles III to be a Shakespearean drama a family epic in five acts, complete with a ghost and a comic subplot. But would writing in iambic pentameter prove too great a challenge?

Fred and Madge review Joe Ortons first pot shot at conformity falls short

Hope theatre, LondonThis previously unperformed slice of domestic surrealism offers only glimpses of the writer Orton would become Premiere of Joe Ortons lost first play tells bitter tale of early years on council estate Continue reading...

The Life of a Banana by PP Wong review

A moving and optimistic debut about orphaned siblings coping with a new strict home and racial bullingXing Li and her older brother, Lai Ker, are left orphaned when their mother dies in a freak accident on Xing's 12th birthday.They move into the Wu househ

Kristen McNally: how I made Metheus with the BalletBoyz

When Michael Nunn and Billy Trevitt asked me to be the first female choreographer to work with the 10 men in their company, I didn't know where to begin, writes Kristen McNally.