Review | Carcanet New Poetries VII: Book Launch at the London...

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The London Review Bookshop, Bloomsbury, 7pm. Wine glasses clatter as they are placed on the floor, animated conversation fills the air, friends are greeted,...
Rebecca-the-play

Rebecca the play

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We caught up with Emma Rice, Director of Kneehigh Productions on her latest piece: Rebecca the play. Adapting one of Britain’s most loved novels...

Review | Billy Budd at Royal Opera House

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For the first time in almost twenty years, Benjamin Britten’s Billy Budd returns home to the Royal Opera House in this co-production with Rome...

Review | Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout

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Elizabeth's Strout's bestselling debut, Amy and Isabelle, announced the arrival of a serious talent. Her second, Abide With Me, went one better. With 2008's Olive Kitteridge she moved from novels to a trickier form: the cycle of interconnected stories. It was that rare kind of book that can reasonably be called a masterpiece, and it won its author the Pulitzer prize [...]

Macbeth

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Scotland herself is the main character in this blood-soaked reimagining of Shakespeare's shortest tragedy. So enamoured is director Justin Kurzel of his Highland landscape...

Review | Number One Chinese Restaurant by Lillian Li

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“Jimmy was starting to stand when a resigned, almost amused look passed over Ah-Jack’s face. Like he was tired of waiting for disaster to...

Review | The Cemetery in Barnes by Gabriel Josipovici

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“After all, everyone has fantasies. In the one life there are many lives. Alternative lives. Some are lived and others imagined. That is the...

Picasso Sculptures at Musée National Picasso-Paris

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Picasso Sculpture opened to great acclaim last September at New York’s Museum of Modern Art before moving to the Musée National Picasso-Paris and is...

Portraits of Artists and Friends – John Singer Sargent

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John Singer Sargent – Portraits of Artists and Friends, National Portrait Gallery 12 February – 25 May 2015 If you did not know this was...

Franciszka Themerson at l’étrangère

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Avant-garde in its truest sense is an appellation that can be justifiably given to the artist, illustrator, film-maker, publisher, theatre and book designer, Franciszka...

William Eggleston: Portraits

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William Eggleston wrote far better than most writers write. He wrote without words through his portraits as fleeting and resonant as a Carver story....

Review | Lucian Freud: The Self-portraits

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Throughout art history, the self-portrait has remained a point of captivation. From Velasquez to Van Gogh, the artist’s rendering of selfhood provides a fascinating insight into the psyche of a figure often shrouded in mystery, revealing to the viewer traits which even the photograph fails to capture [...]
The Fear of Breathing

The Fear of Breathing. By James Denselow

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Over sixteen months into the unrest in Syria a true picture of events on the ground is still hard to ascertain. This is partly...

Review | Home by Amanda Berriman

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Home is an overwhelming and important, gripping novel about a struggling family seen through the eyes of four-year old daughter, Jesika. Amanda Berriman has successfully taken...

Review | ArtCircle’s Focusing Space at 48 Albermarle Street

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On entering the doorway of 48 Albemarle Street and walking up its makeshift staircase of simple wooden boards you are taken into a world...

Review | ‘My Generation’ – The 1960s Through the Eyes of...

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My Generation Presented by Michael Caine On cinematic release from 14th March 2018 As the sun rises with a vivid pop art palette over the River Thames,...

Review | Fragmented Dialogues – Art and Identity in 1980s Chile

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Fragmented Dialogues: Mario Fonseca & Mauricio Valenzuela, Art & Identity in 1980s Chile is currently on display at the Austin Desmond Fine Art Gallery,...

Review | Little Boy by Lawrence Ferlinghetti

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Lawrence Ferlinghetti is about to turn one hundred years old, and he still has plenty to say. In his work Little Boy – a sort...

The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood

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In 2009, Ursula K. Le Guin caused something of a stir in the science-fiction community by contradicting Atwood’s claim that her novels belonged to...

Physical by Andrew McMillan

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Andrew McMillan’s debut collection Physical opens with an epitaph taken from one of the often overlooked novels of Hilda Doolittle, better known as H.D.,...

This Living and Immortal Thing by Austin Duffy

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The somewhat neo-Yeatsian, almost mawkish-sounding title chosen for Austin Duffy's first novel is deceptively triumphalist. While the novel toys with the idea of the soul’s...

Feature | 7 Alternative London Novels

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London. Michaelmas term lately over, and the Lord Chancellor sitting in Lincoln’s Inn Hall. Implacable November weather. As much mud in the streets as if...

Review | Green Noise by Jean Sprackland

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Green Noise, Jean Sprackland, Jonathan Cape, 2018, 64pp, £10.00 With Green Noise, the fifth collection from Jean Sprackland, she attunes us to a planetary resonance. Many of...

Back to Painting – Danny Fox

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It’s a strange time in the history of the visual arts avant-garde right now. So strange that the vast majority of those who think...

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