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King Richard III by Unknown artist, oil on panel, late 16th century. Photo: National Portrait Gallery

Digging up dirt on Richard III

The recent discovery of King Richard III’s amazingly well preserved skeleton in Leicester’s county council car park has generated greater public interest ...

The Rum Diary: Book vs. film

The Rum Diary: Book vs. film

It is rare to discover a film that is better than the book it is based upon, but I believe I have ...

Helen Oyeyemi. Photo: Ellie Foreman-Peck

Review: Helen Oyeyemi at the Anthony Burgess Foundation

Described as one of the most original and dynamic literary voices of her generation, Helen Oyeyemi read the first chapter of her ...

King Richard III by Unknown artist, oil on panel, late 16th century. Photo: National Portrait Gallery

Digging up dirt on Richard III

Posted on Mar 23, 2014 1
The Rum Diary: Book vs. film

The Rum Diary: Book vs. film

Posted on Mar 23, 2014 2
Helen Oyeyemi. Photo: Ellie Foreman-Peck

Review: Helen Oyeyemi at the Anthony Burgess Foundation

Posted on Mar 23, 2014 3
Helen Oyeyemi. Photo: Ellie Foreman-Peck

Review: Helen Oyeyemi at the Anthony Burgess Foundation

Helen Oyeyemi charmed the audience at the Anthony Burgess Foundation, says Tamara Stanton

The Rum Diary

The Rum Diary: Book vs. film

Bruce Robinson’s film adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson’s The Rum Diary far surpasses the book, says Alister Pearson

King Richard III by Unknown artist, oil on panel, late 16th century. Photo: National Portrait Gallery

Digging up dirt on Richard III

Josephine Tey’s The Daughter of Time is a decent piece of detective fiction, which asks some profound questions about how we ‘do’ history, says Katie Myerscough

Plenty of fish in the literary sea... Photo: N Bojdo

How not to read: An epiphany

Elizabeth Mitchell explores when to give up on an unmanageable book

Dr Faustus 3 by Babette Adrian. Photo: RBS Gallery

Classics digested: Doctor Faustus

450 years after Christopher Marlowe’s birth, Paul Reilly examines Marlowe’s dramatization of the Faust legend

M20 Collective

My first time: reading at an open-mic night

Alex Webb shares his experience of performing his poetry at an open-mic night for the first time, and encourages others to do the same

Photo: Paul Blakemore

Kate Tempest: Brand New Ancients

Evelyn Barrett spent her Friday night watching Kate Tempest’s modern-day myth Brand New Ancients at the Contact Theatre

Anthony Burgess' musical setting of 'The Wasteland'. Photo: Annie Muir

The Waste Land at the Anthony Burgess Foundation

Books Editor Annie Muir heads to the Anthony Burgess Foundation for a musical production of T.S. Eliot’s ‘The Wasteland’, a poem that is better heard than read

The Poetry of Sex

Review: The Poetry of Sex

Alex Webb recommends Sophie Hannah’s collection of sex poetry to enthusiasts but advises newcomers to proceed with caution

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky, a new translation by Oliver Ready (Penguin, 2014)

Traduire c’est trahir: Why things get lost in translation

While no translation is perfect, Oliver Ready attempts to avoid his predecessors’ errors in a new rendering of Crime and Punishment, bringing a more faithful version of Dostoevsky’s celebrated novel to a new generation of readers, says Books Editor Esmé Clifford Astbury

The Collected Poems of Wilfred Owen (New Directions, 1963)

Dulce et decorum erat?: Perspectives on WWI in poetry

To mark the 100th anniversary of WWI, Claire Morris examines the work of poets Jessie Pope and Wilfred Owen

A Very Long Engagement by Sebastien Japrisot (Vintage, 2014)

WWI novels: A retrospective

To mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War, Books Editor Esmé Clifford Astbury encourages readers to tuck into one of these novels