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Hurricane Fever by Tobias Buckell review

A fine, no-frills ecological technothriller involving apparent industrial espionage, a James Bond-style chase scene and a Rastafarian former spySome novels read as if they were written for the movies and, even if that's not true of Tobias Buckell's Hurri

Malcolm Orange Disappears by Jan Carson review

A touching novel about a mother and son that is peppered with ideas, quirky turns of phrase and funny namesLike her 11-year-old protagonist Malcolm, Jan Carson has an "overleaping imagination". A born storyteller, her narratives are uncontainable, fizzing

Prom 9: LSO/Gergiev review Barry Douglas compels in Brahms

Royal Albert Hall, LondonJanáek's Glagolitic Mass lacked subtlety, but Douglas's account of Brahms's First Piano Concerto was compellingAmid the compulsive hyping that affects classical music, Barry Douglas remains defiantly and admirably grounded. But D

The Nether review disturbingly sensationalist digital dreamlands

Royal Court, LondonJennifer Haley's prizewinning play triggers a fascinating debate about online fantasy it's just a shame she sets out to shock us Continue reading...

Coppélia review psycho-thriller meets mischievous romcom

English National Ballet, LondonStriking rising talents bring added vim to this sugared-up tale of an inventor and his sexbot Almost human: why is art so obsessed with lifesize dolls?Lurking behind this sunny ballet is ETA Hoffmann's sublimely creepy tale

A book for the beach: Beastly Things by Donna Leon

The 21st Commissario Brunetti mystery finds the series' characters and setting as vital as ever. An excellent holiday companionThere's a body in the canal, a bloated man with a neck the size of the avarage waistband. Stabbed. No identification. One shoe.

Randall review Jonathan Gibbs's fictional take on the YBAs

This portrait of the 90s British art scene is lit up by the bad behaviour of its Hirst-like central figureJonathan Gibbs is working some dangerous territory. Writing about the visual arts is usually as risky as sharing needles: it's a tightrope with tired

A Strange Business: Making Art and Money in 19th-Century Britain by James Hamilton review

This is a gripping story not of artistic movements but of practicalities: who bought the art, who copied it, and how much difference did new paint colours make?James Hamilton has written the story of early 19th-century art with the talent left out. In oth

Cher Lloyd: Sorry I'm Late review fun but hollow sensory-overload pop

(Syco)Cher Lloyd was born with an ability to entertain from her first X Factor audition to her botched attempts to make the phrase "Swagger Jagger" catch on, she is (often unwittingly) a mesmerising creature to behold. Her second album, however, tries

Knifeworld: The Unravelling review complex, mischievous psychedelic rock

(Inside Out)Dullard indie rock bands may have repeatedly tried to reduce the psychedelic ethos to little more than recycled Beatles riffs and a dash of sitar, but Knifeworld have the keys to the real kingdom of lysergic wonderment. Led by former Cardiac