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Benny Poteat is a watcher. He watches from the sidelines, through car windows, from the safety of his house – but mostly Benny watches from...
As memories of apartheid recede and South Africa becomes an increasingly stable democracy, books such as this one become ever more important. A...
Anytime a novelist prefaces his book with a quotation from The Life and Times of Tristram Shandy alarm bells should ring and the reader...
A perfect coffee-table book for anyone who agrees that Dylan's canon of lyrics constitutes some of the most important poetry of the last half-century.
What would you give to learn how to write at the feet of your greatest literary heroes? Sam Kashner was an aspiring poet who, to the bafflement of...
It's the first decade of the 19th century, and societies of theoretical magic exist all over England – studying the history of magic with...
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.
Two young artists take an expansive tour of the Middle East in Henry Hemming's first book.
Ch-ching!  It’s all about the benjamins, and it looks like Channel 4 knows that best. This book is a spin off from the pretty phenomenal...
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...
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...
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...
Jack Rathbone's 'malarial' paintings may materialise from the muddy swamps of Port Mungo, the Honduran river town of the title, but it is the...
In recent times of drugs seasons, exclusives and general moral panic, Stuart Walton delivers a thought-provoking and highly readable account of the...
The trials, tribulations and downright bitchiness of the UK's weather will be no stranger to those of us posted northside of Hastings. And anyone...
'As I entered my 45th year, I decided to write a book that contained snapshots of the world from where I was standing', says Bill Drummond on the opening page of 45.
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