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Terry Eagleton reviews Trouble in Paradise and Absolute Recoil by Slavoj iek

Like Socrates on steroids: iek is both breathtakingly perceptive and outrageously irresponsible. Is he just out to scandalise?

Funny Girl review Nick Hornby channels the 1960s

Miss Blackpool 1964 is the star of a fictional sitcom in Hornbys new novel, which pays homage to television's golden years.

Hook, Line and Singer: 125 Songs to Sing Aloud by Cerys Matthews review

A charming sing-along collection with illuminating notes and anecdotes.

Is Allen Jones's sculpture the most sexist art ever?

Zoe Williams goes among the women as fetish furniture at the RA's new show to find out.

Cans review radio star is charged with sex abuse in powerful new play

Stuart Slade's sparky and foul-mouthed topical piece explores the complex aftermath of abuse allegations on a family.

Germany: Memories of a Nation by Neil MacGregor review Germanys past is indeed another country

A detailed analysis of Germany's history goes a long way to understanding its people and its turbulent politics.

Spoiled Brats by Simon Rich review James Thurber for the iPhone generation

This latest collection of essays from the American humorist is a work of joyous, untrammelled imaginationThe American novelist and screenwriter Simon Rich writes the kind of humorous books you dearly wish that editors on this side of the Atlantic would be

The Architects Apprentice by Elif Shafak review architecture as metaphor for building lives

The sultans court in 16th-century Istanbul provides the setting for this multilayered tale of ties that bind and grand designsArchitecture is a powerful motif in Elif Shafaks intricate, multilayered new novel, which excels both in its resplendent details

The Ark Before Noah by Irving Finkel review the story of the Flood retold

An account of the Flood significantly different from that told in the Bible should have resonances with modern audiencesThe ark didnt look boxy, with a raised prow and a wide gangplank for the animals. It is more likely to have been circular, made out of

Moriarty review Anthony Horowitz steps into Conan Doyles shoes

A new super-criminal stalks Victorian London in a clever but contrived hymn to Sherlock Holmess nemesisProfessor James Moriarty is to crime fiction what Hamlet is to tragedy. Moriarty heads a roll call of archetypal villains that includes Karla, Goldfinge