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In 1998 a documentary feature film was released by a small production company in New York that quickly became the most essential viewing for anyone...
Mars has always been a source of fascination, provocation and speculation within astronomical and scientific fields, but the scant information that...
As foot and mouth ravages the animal population of this country, so one naturally takes a renewed interest in all things viral, cellular and...
Does Hari Kunzru get you shelf-cred? His latest book, Transmission, oozes edgy cool.
Two young artists take an expansive tour of the Middle East in Henry Hemming's first book.
Reason and unreason collide in McEwan's fine new thriller.
If you fancy a rendezvous with a half-cut Begbie, check out the latest Scottish rant novel from Booker prize-shorlisted novelist James Kelman.
This monumental biography was published last year, seven years after the death of Sun Ra at the age of 79. Monumental is an appropriate word to...
In his socio-anthropological history of man's insatiable appetite for orgasm, Jonathan Margolis evaluates centuries of rather dry academic...
Difficult second novel syndrome? This sophomore effort isn't quite the great American novel, but Foer should keep trying...
Anytime a novelist prefaces his book with a quotation from The Life and Times of Tristram Shandy alarm bells should ring and the reader...
Charming and ever so slightly camp, or retreating to the sexism of a bygone era? Judith Evans finds fault with the Iggulden brothers' recent publishing phenomenon.
Kazuo Ishiguro's latest novel is clumsy, awkward and often soporifically dull. So why does it feel this mysteriously good?
Humphrey Jennings (1907-50) has long been recognised as one of Britain's finest filmmakers on the basis of his wartime documentaries, which, for...
It is unlikely that the full history of ska, rocksteady and reggae music has been so well documented, hand in hand with the history of the...
Who won between Madonna and musical cyber-pirates? And is Richard Branson really a tightwad?
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