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All You Need Is Love: The End of the Beatles by Peter Brown and Steven Gaines review – from best man to muckraker

In this ‘director’s cut’ of their 1983 book, which Paul McCartney burned, a former Beatles employee and a music writer appear preoccupied with stirring up scandal around the band’s splitThe biannual Journal of Beatles Studies was launched by Liverpool University Press in October 2022. The peer-reviewed publication aims to “inaugurate, innovate, interrogate...

Sun Apr 14, 2024 09:39
Sunjeev Sahota: ‘I’ve always been in labour movements – but I’m critical of identity politics’

The Booker shortlisted novelist on writing his first significant non-working-class character, the literary critics who inspired him and why he’s not on Facebook Continue reading...

Sat Apr 13, 2024 20:21
‘The anti-pet of bourgeois life’: why the world needs big cat energy

Whether by striking workers, poets or Pussy Riot, our feline friends have long been used as a symbol of resistance – radical by nature, they refuse to be tamedIn the 60 years since Julie Andrews sang about the cheering possibilities of whiskers on kittens, the fetishisation of the feline form has only grown stronger. Earlier this year, Somerset House...

Sat Apr 13, 2024 13:32
Poet Jackie Kay: ‘I could have been brought up by Tories!’

The writer, who was adopted as a baby by Scottish communists, on her life in protest, facing racism in suburban Glasgow, and why her late parents are at the heart of her new collectionThe Scottish poet and writer Jackie Kay is listening to Jazz Record Requests on the radio when I arrive at her home in Manchester, where she has lived for many years....

Sat Apr 13, 2024 11:34
Tom Gauld unveils some exciting new literary genres – cartoon

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Sat Apr 13, 2024 10:05
How to Make a Bomb by Rupert Thomson review – a stark study of male rage

The destructive desires of an inoffensive family man drive this subversive satire of existentialism For Jean-Paul Sartre’s protagonist in Nausea, it was a stone on the beach that prompted overwhelming abhorrence at the nature of existence. For Rupert Thomson’s Phillip Notman, it is the beep of an electronic reader as it registers a travelcard. How to...

Sat Apr 13, 2024 09:35

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