The Vegetarian by Han Kang

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The outer layer of your skin, the epidermis, replaces itself every 35 days. Become a vegetarian, better yet a vegan, and soon enough your...

Review | Absolute Hell – Pissed In Purgatory

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Rodney Ackland’s play ‘Absolute Hell’ (at the National Theatre until 16 June) is like spying on a drunken party through a club door. The...

The Matter that Doesn’t Matter – Hill of Doors by Robin...

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‘He’s back in the ghost house where he, himself, is the ghost.’ (‘Broken’) ‘sending her long arrows in flight through the standing pines as if threading nets in...

Review | Letters To A First Love From The Future by...

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Andy Armitage's pamphlet is among a number of new releases from the poetry press Half-Moon Books, which is based in Otley, West Yorkshire, where...

Say Something Back by Denise Riley

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In their most cliched form, attempts to describe the experience of bereavement tend to settle into a series of unanswerable questions: ‘why?’ being the...

Yerma at the Young Vic

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Australian theatre’s “enfant terrible,” Simon Stone, rewrites and directs Lorca’s Yerma through a glass darkly. Opening night of Yerma at The Young Vic provided some...

Review | One Thing by Xanthi Barker and The Prick by...

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Xanthi Barker’s One Thing and Mazin Saleem’s The Prick are the second and third of the Open Pen Novelette series, coming after Shitstorm by...

Defining the Unfinished – Works from The Courtauld Gallery

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Unfinished…Works from The Courtauld Gallery Summer Showcase Special Display 18th June-20th September 2015 Unfinished masterpieces tend only to come to light upon the artist’s death,...

Review | Medusa at Sadler’s Wells Theatre

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Through beautifully poetic movements and engaging drama, Jasmin Vardimon has created a unique choreographic voice that enables her to explore deeply controversial social and...

Review | The Intelligence Park by Gerald Barry at the Royal...

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The Royal Opera House seems to be celebrating the career of Gerald Barry this season. In February they are staging his latest opera, Alice’s...

Lisa Brice at the Stephen Friedman Gallery

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In 1959 Yves Klein wrote: “blue has no dimensions.” For him, all other colours could be relegated to specific associative ideas that they arouse....

You Must Change Your Life – The Story of Rainer Maria...

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You Must Change Your Life is an enthralling exploration of the complex relationship between two creative giants of art and literature, drawn together in...

Talking Dead by Neil Rollinson

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There is a danger when a poet sets out to record the ‘numinous in the everyday’, as Neil Rollinson’s most recent collection Talking Dead...

Review | Florida by Lauren Groff

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A recurring character binds the eleven stories in Lauren Groff’s Florida. Sometimes she is narrator and protagonist. Some of the stories never mention her—...

Dog Run Moon by Callan Wink

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Callan Wink’s debut collection of stories stands as a promising start to a fine literary career. Some of the stories included here have deservedly...

David Bowie Is at the V&A

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The ‘David Bowie Is’, currently on at the V&A until mid-August. I went to the late show on a Friday after work, a stone’s...

Review | The Monstrous Child at The Royal Opera House

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The newly refurbished Linbury Theatre in the Royal Opera House is having its first opera performances with the world premiere of The Monstrous Child,...

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 | A Perfect Mirror by Sarah Corbett

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In the increasingly urbanised world in which we live, as encapsulated by 'The Commute', the first poem in Sarah Corbett's latest collection, A Perfect...

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

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Lauded as a subversive masterpiece, pegged as a favourite to win The Man Booker Prize and one of the best-selling novels of 2015, A Little...

Faber & The Poetry Society Reading: Eric Berlin, Emily Berry...

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Poetry was necessary on this year’s election night.  As we sat in a beautiful, packed room in Bloomsbury House, Faber’s headquarters, surrounded by first...

Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift

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… And could she disentangle it, the stuff she’d seen in her mind’s eye, from the actual stuff of her own life? In 1935, fleeing...

Artist and Bon Viveur | Andrew Lambirth

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John Craxton in Greece: The Unseen Works, Osborne Samuel, 23 Dering Street, London W1, 10 May - 8 June 2018 Charmed lives in Greece: Ghika,...

Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain by Barney Norris

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What is ‘home’? A person? A place? A feeling of belonging? These are the questions that run through Barney Norris’s debut novel like a finely...

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