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London in the dark | Taboo

London in the dark | Taboo

by George Reynolds

George Reynolds explains why Tom Hardy, Taboo and its filthy depiction of London in the 1800s make for the most compelling TV he’s seen in quite some time

The best books of 2016 | Neil D.A.Stewart

The best books of 2016 | Neil D.A.Stewart

by Neil Stewart

It was the worst of times. Yes, definitely the worst of times. But what was the best literature in another otherwise abysmal year?

The all-American haunted house | Doomocracy by Pedro Reyes

The all-American haunted house | Doomocracy by Pedro Reyes

by Neil Stewart

Dark and comedic, Doomocracy comes to deepest Brooklyn

Death to the Great British Bake Off

Death to the Great British Bake Off

by George Reynolds

"Throw in some shit puns and the odd murderous glint from definite Brexiteer Mary Berry, and you've got a mystifyingly popular TV juggernaut"

Helen Garner and “the constant onwardrushingness of life”

Helen Garner and “the constant onwardrushingness of life”

by Neil Stewart

"There aren’t many authors who could compel me to read a five-page essay on the actor Russell Crowe, much less to read that essay twice"

The strangest rooms in the world | Why I love (and am slightly fearful of) the Thorne Rooms in Chicago

The strangest rooms in the world | Why I love (and am slightly fearful of) the Thorne Rooms in Chicago

by Neil Stewart

"These miniatures are less doll’s house than haunted house"

Murder in Mendocino

Murder in Mendocino

by Richard Bence

One man's Murder, She Wrote pilgrimage to the real life Cabot Cove

The new booklovers | London’s best new bookstores

The new booklovers | London’s best new bookstores

by Neil Stewart

London's unusual and exciting new bookshops

Review: The Mare by Mary Gaitskill

by Neil Stewart

A new novel from the onetime bad girl of American letters is disarmingly big-hearted, empathetic and moving – and haunted by past fictions

Venice and peril 2016 | <em>A World of Fragile Parts</em>

Venice and peril 2016 | A World of Fragile Parts

by Pippa Brooks

In the age of acid rain, mass tourism and terrorism, should we be making facsimile backups of the world's treasures?