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TOP PICKS FOR CHRISTMAS

Six Good Books: Maggie Fergusson recommends a tender life of one novelist, and sparkling new work from three more—plus the pick of the year read more » COMMENTS: Comments | ADD NEW COMMENT ArtsARTSbooksJanuary/February 2014Maggie FergussonSix Good Books

THE GRANDMASTER OF NAPLES

Short Read: Simon Willis finds Elena Ferrante's dark tale of friendship builds an intolerable pressure read more » COMMENTS: Comments | ADD NEW COMMENT ArtsbookscultureFound in translationNovember/December 2013Simon Willis

A FIREFLY AMONG MOTHS

Short Read: Francesca Hayward was only 11 when Julie Kavanagh first saw her dancing at ballet school. On Thursday night, 1,100 cinemas around the world will screen her live performance as Clara in "The Nutcracker" read more » COMMENTS: Comments | ADD NEW COMMENT ArtsDANCEFrancesca HaywardJanuary/February 2014Julie KavanaghTHIS SEASON

NO SHIT, CUMBERBATCH

The Visual CV: a character actor for years, Benedict Cumberbatch is very much a star now. Nicholas Barber picks out his best moments read more » COMMENTS: Comments | ADD NEW COMMENT ArtsBenedict CumberbatchcultureNicholas BarberNovember/December 2013The Visual CV

A PAINTER RE-MAKES HIMSELF

Short read: for her exhibitions highlight, Olivia Weinberg picks an irreverent artist who makes his own rules read more » COMMENTS: Comments | ADD NEW COMMENT ArtsARTSExhibitionsNovember/December 2013Olivia WeinbergTHIS SEASON

THERE'S NOTHING LIKE AN EDNA

Short Read: for her theatre highlight, Isabel Lloyd picks the farewell tour of a one-time housewife read more » COMMENTS: Comments | ADD NEW COMMENT ArtsARTSISABEL LLOYDIsabel LloydNovember/December 2013theatreTHIS SEASON

THE SILENT ERA ON STEROIDS

At the Cinema: Tom Shone watches Alfonso Cuarón and J.C. Chandor—the directors of "Gravity" and "All is Lost"—beat the blockbusters at their own game read more » COMMENTS: Comments | ADD NEW COMMENT ArtsAt the CinemaculturefilmNovember/December 2013Tom Shone

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