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Shostakovich: Six Romances on Verses by English Poets 'Finley at his warm and sinuous best'

Gerald Finley, always an intelligent and rewarding singer, has produced something rather special here.

All the Rage by AL Kennedy review stories about psychic and physical pain

Chris Power on short stories whose characters are unwilling to address directly the source of their unease The average AL Kennedy story and given that All the Rage is the Scottish writer's fifth collection since 1990's Night Geometry and the Garscadd

Frog Music by Emma Donoghue review Melodrama, motherhood and murder

The real-life shooting of cross-dressing gamine Jenny Bonnet is explored in this helter-skelter murder-mystery set in the rooming houses and bars of 1876 San Francisco Exotic dancers, pimps, whores and a cross-dressing, bicycle-riding gamine who makes a l

Give us some Moore: artists respond to the great sculptor in pictures

Henry Moore's organic, timeless sculptures have had such an impact on the contemporary art world. From Simon Starling's makeshift Moore mask to Richard Deacon's Kiss and Tell, plus works by Anish Kapoor and Antony Gormley, here's how deep his legacy runs

James Ellroy: A Companion to the Mystery Fiction by Jim Mancall review

A wonderfully detailed A-Z guide to the crime writer's work Although some have accused him of revelling in violence and even of being a "fraud" and a "fascist" (Mike Davis), James Ellroy himself is clearly in no doubt about his significance: "I am to th

Vincent by Barbara Stok review

Stok's graphic novel is a vibrant, sad account of Van Gogh's move to Arles and his struggle with mental illness "We will pull the plough until it moves no longer," says Theo van Gogh as he and his brother stare out across the fields of Provence , "and we

Little Egypt by Lesley Glaister review

A gothic tale of horror and neglect about the an Egyptology-loving couple and the effect of their obsession on their twins Lesley Glaister 's latest novel is a gothic tale of horror and neglect. In a narrative that switches between the present day and th

Special Measures review A comic indictment of staffroom pressures

Its characters may carry a whiff of panto, but this fierce comedy about a failing Liverpool primary school offers a serious insight into the constraints placed on teachers Former teacher Mark Davies Markham realised the time had come to get out of educa

Royal Ballet: The Winter's Tale review 'A game-changer for Wheeldon'

There are good reasons why The Winter's Tale hasn't been choreographed before.

Visions of Science: Books and Readers at the Dawn of the Victorian Age review

James Secord wades into a wonderfully complex period of intellectual fervour.