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THE TWO BEST READS OF 2014

Six Good Books: Maggie Fergusson picks her novel and non-fiction book of the year. Plus, a gripping history of a working-class family and a puckish Peter Carey read more » COMMENTS: Comments | ADD NEW COMMENT ArtsbooksJanuary/February 2015Maggie FergussonSix Good Books

MAGGIE SMITH'S CROWNING ROLES

Visual CV: once a starlet, she is now, at 80, a grande Dame. Irving Wardle (in the stalls) and Jasper Rees (on the sofa) pick the best of a great career read more » COMMENTS: Comments | ADD NEW COMMENT ArtsfilmIrving WardleJanuary/February 2015Jasper Reestheatrevisual cv

SIBELIUS AND NIELSEN TURN 150

Short Read: for his classical-music highlight, Michael Church champions a Finnish conductor who is celebrating the work of two Scandinavian masters read more » COMMENTS: Comments | ADD NEW COMMENT ArtsClassicalJanuary/February 2015Michael ChurchTHIS SEASON

JAR JAR STINKS

Ever watched a film and felt you could have made it shorter, sharper or less irritating? Nicholas Barber on the rise of the fan edit read more » COMMENTS: Comments | ADD NEW COMMENT ArtsCinemaculturefilmJanuary/February 2015Nicholas Barber

A CEMETERY THAT SHOWED THE WAY

Built to Last: in the first in a new series about what makes a durable design, Kieron Long champions Skogskyrkogården, a Swedish cemetery that fused the classical and the modern read more » COMMENTS: Comments | ADD NEW COMMENT ArchitectureArtsBuilt to LastDesignKIERON LONGNovember/December 2014STYLE

BALLARD'S MEDICAL DETACHMENT

Notes on a Voice: was he "beyond psychiatric help" or the most significant English author of the past half-century? Tom Graham goes inside his mind read more » COMMENTS: Comments | ADD NEW COMMENT Artsbooksculturenotes on a voiceNovember/December 2014tom graham

GOOD REVERBERATIONS

Short Read: for his classical-music highlight, Michael Church picks a refreshing concert series orchestrated by Esa-Pekka Salonen and held at the Southbank Centre read more » COMMENTS: Comments | ADD NEW COMMENT ArtsClassical MusiclondonMichael ChurchNovember/December 2014THIS SEASON

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