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Special Deluxe by Neil Young review – ‘The proud highway of second thoughts’

From gas-guzzler to eco-warrior: the rock star waxes lyrical about his love of cars and the open road, then makes a sharp turnIn 1974, the singer-songwriter Neil Young was hanging out in a bar near his Californian ranch – the bar where his future wife

The English and Their History review a book of resounding importance to contemporary debates

Robert Tombss lucid, definitive and delightful history is a triumphThe English and Their History, by the Professor of French history at Cambridge, Robert Tombs, is a work of supreme intelligence. Intelligence cuts its way through orthodoxy, dogmas, tradit

Glare review Søren Nils Eichbergs robot opera strains to find its voice

Linsbury Studio, LondonWith deft instrumental music but drawn-out vocals, Thaddeus Strassbergers staging of this new Royal Opera commission embraces blood, vomit and violence Continue reading...

Far Away review dystopian drama takes close look at a world at war

Samantha Colley is terrific in Kate Hewitt's flawed but haunting revival of Caryl Churchills twisted fairytale.

Revival by Stephen King review the best opening he has ever written

Stephen Kings latest mystery, set in smalltown, baby-boomer America, starts off strongly but loses its wayStephen King: on alcoholism and returning to The ShiningIts billed as possessing the most terrifying conclusion Stephen King has ever written some c

Amnesia review Peter Carey turns to hacktivism in his diffuse 13th novel

The two-time Booker winner is less concerned with cyber attacks than with the overlooked history of ill will between Australia and AmericaPeter Careys new novel tells the story of Felix Moore, a leftwing Australian journalist at work on a biography of a w

The Old Vic: The Story of a Great Theatre from Kean to Olivier to Spacey review how a temperance hall became a theatrical landmark

Women of God and stage greats all have a part to play in Terry Coleman's captivating history of the robust Old Vic.

Where I'm Reading From: The Changing World of Books by Tim Parks review it only makes you want to read more

Tim Parks’s brilliant, erudite essays about the role of writing in the digital age demand to be read.

Not My Father's Son: A Family Memoir review Alan Cumming recalls pain without self-pity

Alan Cummings violent upbringing at the hands of his father taught him the value of putting on an act.