Mum, dad and the music

21 October 2009 12:00 am

Bob Geldof is quoted on the cover of Gary Kemp’s autobiography with untypical succinctness: ‘Great bloke, great band, great book’.

The ex factor

9 September 2009 12:00 am

At first, the plot of Nick Hornby’s new novel, Juliet, Naked, seems too close to that of his first novel, High Fidelity (1995).

Sounding a different note

20 May 2009 12:00 am

Midsummer Nights, edited by Jeanette Winterson

One out of five

6 May 2009 12:00 am

Nocturnes, by Kazuo Ishiguro

Antidote to Berio

15 April 2009 12:00 am

I was going to devote this column to the wilder shores of music, by which I mean not the latest hip sounds zooming up the charts but the dire drivel modernist composers, writing for orchestras and chamber ensembles, have seen fit to inflict on their audiences for many decades now.

Mighty Bach

15 April 2009 12:00 am


Pete suggests

18 December 2008 3:26 am

Humph swings

3 December 2008 12:00 am

Last Chorus: An Autobiographical Medley, by Humphrey Lyttleton

But where is Colonel Blimp?

3 December 2008 12:00 am

The Triumph of Music, by Tim Blanning

Enchanted forest

26 November 2008 12:00 am

Hänsel und Gretel
Royal Academy of Music Jenufa
Birmingham Hippodrome Pelléas et Mélisande
Sadler’s Wells

Michael Henderson suggests

27 September 2008 12:00 am

Theatre  It promises to be a wonderful autumn for London’s theatre-goers. Ivanov, Tom Stoppard’s adaptation of Chekhov’s early play, has…

Clemency suggests

14 July 2008 5:23 pm

FestivalsIn only its third year, the laid-back Latitude (17-20 July) has gained a reputation for being one of Britain’s finest…

Liz suggests

7 June 2008 12:00 am

MUSIC Proms: Get booking now for this two-month season (18 July to 13 September). Highlights include the Berliner Philharmoniker with…

Pete suggests

7 May 2008 2:29 am

BOOKS If you’re looking to keep up-to-speed with all things Web 2.0, then you could do worse than read Clay…

Matthew suggests

1 April 2008 5:09 pm

THEATRE I can strongly recommend God of Carnage, the new play by Yasmina Reza, which tracks the descent into madness…

Clemency suggests

10 March 2008 5:33 pm

FILM One of the most remarkable things about Africa is how rare it is to see Africans cry. You meet…

Pete suggests

29 February 2008 12:34 pm

BOOK I’m just coming to the end of The Last Titan: A Life of Theodore Dreiser – Jerome Loving’s critical…

And Another Thing

13 February 2008 12:00 am

How one extraordinary talent may be the key to genius

Clemency Suggests

14 December 2007 5:44 pm

It seems bizarre to me that book shopping at this time of year should be about negotiating your way through…

Clemency Suggests

8 November 2007 3:41 pm

Books Letters of Ted Hughes – ed. Christopher Reid/Faber Finally! Moving, passionate, angry, funny, striking, brilliant and beautiful beyond belief,…

Matt Suggests

24 October 2007 1:52 pm

BOOK Nixon and Kissinger: Partners in Power by Robert Dallek: The double biography is a genre that, in the hands…

Mary suggests…

27 September 2007 3:26 pm

Have you Herd? If you haven’t already done so, buy a copy of Mark Earl’s Herd: How to Change Mass…