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Recently published in paperback, this excellent collection of interviews by reggae historian David Katz is a significant step in the archiving of...
This first novel by Benjamin Markovits signals the arrival of a first-rate talent. The Syme Papers is an academic romance reminiscent of AS...
Does Hari Kunzru get you shelf-cred? His latest book, Transmission, oozes edgy cool.
Who won between Madonna and musical cyber-pirates? And is Richard Branson really a tightwad?
Self-publishers William Eckersley and Alexander Shields reveal the capital’s ragged edges and stale secrets.
Martin Amis and pornography go together like a hand inside a lubed-up, latex glove. Think of the succession of set-piece fantasies in his cocksure...
If you fancy a rendezvous with a half-cut Begbie, check out the latest Scottish rant novel from Booker prize-shorlisted novelist James Kelman.
It's 1871, and Max Tivoli enters the world, wrinkled and withered, like any normal baby first blinking their way out of the womb. But max is...
The ageing American oddity known as Robert Anton Wilson is perhaps best known for the Illuminatus trilogy which he co-wrote with Robert...
How Pornoland inspired Martin Amis' latest novel, Yellow Dog.
British silent film, since the introduction of sound, has endured a dismal reputation. Kevin Brownlow wrote that British silents never advanced...
Humphrey Jennings (1907-50) has long been recognised as one of Britain's finest filmmakers on the basis of his wartime documentaries, which, for...
The London Scene is a beautifully packaged sequence of six essays that Virginia Woolf composed for Good Housekeeping magazine...
The measured decision to publish The Line of Beauty, Alan Hollinghurst's exquisite fourth novel, to coincide with the 25th anniversary...
In his socio-anthropological history of man's insatiable appetite for orgasm, Jonathan Margolis evaluates centuries of rather dry academic...
From handling rats on Werner Herzog's Nosferatu to a peek into Lana Turner's bedroom, the new Granta collection (somewhat heavily titled...
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