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The passion of Pina Bausch: Sweet Mambo at the Edinburgh festival 2014 in pictures

The great German choreographers celebrated dance-theatre company are at the Edinburgh international festival with Sweet Mambo, a tragi-comic piece told with exquisite moves, gorgeous outfits and buckets of water.

Shadow of the Wolf by Tim Hall review a dark Robin Hood retelling

Hall's debut novel is a gory fantasy mashup with Game of Thrones and X-Men in its DNA.

In Search of Gielgud: A Biographer's Tale by Jonathan Croall review

This account of a biographer's battles to beat his 'authorised' rival is full of illuminating insights.

The Intellectual Life of Edmund Burke by David Bromwich review

Bromwich's biography From the Sublime and Beautiful to American Independence explores Burke's early career and uncovers a Romanticism at odds with his conservatism.

The Appian Way review an evocative history of Europe's first great road

The classicist Robert Kaster is a knowledgable and engaging guide as he journeys along the queen of Roman roadsThe via Appia was hailed as the "regina viarum", the queen of roads, by the Roman poet Statius in the first century. For the classicist Robert K

The Poets' Daughters review a meticulous double portrait

An elegantly interlocking biography of Dora Wordsworth and Sara Coleridge shows us that greatness casts a long shadowThey might have believed that children should run "wild and free", but William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge both weighed heavily

The Bird Skinner by Alice Greenway review a dark and moving tale of war, loss, corruption and violence

Greenaway's second novel follows the life of a widowed war veteran and ornithologist as he takes in his friend's daughterJim widower, second world war veteran and esteemed ornithologist arrives on Fox Island, Maine, in the winter of 1973. Grieving for t

The Listener by Tove Jansson review odd, disturbing stories from the Moomins' author

Originally published in 1971, Jansson's first collection of short stories includes glimpses into the lives of an embroiderer, a signwriter and an illustratorSort Of Books have been steadily working their way through Tove Jansson's back catalogue of adult

The Moon Before Morning by WS Merwin review beautiful

Merwin brings themes of memory, the natural world and love of place rapturously to lifeWilliam Merwin is curiously under-read in Britain. Not so in his native US, where he was until recently poet laureate, and where his distinguished roster of awards incl

Edinburgh festival 2014 review: Lazy Susan tender and ridiculous romcom

Pleasance CourtyardThe comedy duo's will-they-won't-they Geordie couple are back, and they're as endearing as everRomcom isn't a branch of comedy often encountered on the fringe, but that's what double act Lazy Susan are up to and their show is none the