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This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate review Naomi Kleins powerful and urgent polemic

Naomi Klein pins the blame for climate crisis squarely on capitalism. John Gray fears the problem is much bigger.

The Bush by Don Watson review driven by the burning truth

Watson's supremely elegant prose offers a challenge to Australians who've long favoured city life on the coastal plains over life in the towns and emptiness beyond.

Carmen review an unappealingly coarse lead

Alessandra Volpe is less than thrilling in the title role of the WNOs stab at Bizet, but some of the support throws new light on the opera.

Albion review raucous but uninsightful look at extremism

Chris Thompsons karaoke-interspersed play about the rise of an rightwing group doesnt penetrate English fascisms dismaying ordinariness.

The Love Object review Edna OBriens powerful short stories

This collection of elegant short stories spanning five decades reveals a writer of consistent brillianceEveryone in our village was unique and one or two of the girls were beautiful, opens The Scandalous Woman, one of the earlier stories in this anthologi

A Replacement Life review Boris Fishman tells tall tales in a fine debut

A writer is persuaded to file false claims against Germany on behalf of Russian-Jewish Holocaust survivorsI was always going to like this novel. It is about Russia and Russian-ness and America and American-ness, about the relationship between the generati

Thomas Cromwell: The Untold Story of Henry VIIIs Most Faithful Servant review Tracy Bormans portrait is rather sketchy

This account of the rise and fall of the fascinating Thomas Cromwell is disappointingly light on facts.

The Monogram Murders review Sophie Hannah brings Poirot back to life

Crime writer Sophie Hannah has fun reviving Agatha Christies famous Belgian truffler.

An Event in Autumn review Henning Mankells lugubrious detective Kurt Wallander is back, briefly

Published in English for the first time, Mankells delightful novella finds Wallander in typically dejected formHenning Mankells lugubriously lonely detective Kurt Wallander is back briefly. Originally written for a Dutch crime festival, the novella An Ev

Private Island: Why Britain Now Belongs to Someone Else review a forensic critique of privatisation

James Meeks compelling study reveals how consumers have paid the price for politicians selling Britains assets overseasAh, the end of history. Remember that? Give the pesky locals political freedom and 1,000 years of joyful free markets would beckon. Demo