Books of The Times: Review: ‘M Train,’ Patti Smith on All the Roads She Has Taken

The musician and poet chronicles her journeys around the world and into the recesses of her mind, though always returning to her home base in Manhattan.

October 1, 2015, 13:00
George RR Martin: our long obsession with Mars

The author behind Game of Thrones spent his childhood reading stories about Mars and hoping to write one himself. As new discoveries on the red planet capture the world’s attention, he surveys a rich Martian literatureOnce upon a time there was a planet called Mars, a world of red sands, canals and endless adventure. I remember it well, for I went there often as a child. I come from a...

October 1, 2015, 13:01
ArtsBeat: Kirkus Announces Finalists for 2015 Book Prizes

Books by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Lucia Berlin and Lauren Groff are among the finalists for the $50,000 annual prizes, which were awarded for the first time last year.

September 30, 2015, 14:30
Mary Beard: why ancient Rome matters to the modern world

Failure in Iraq, debates about freedom, expenses scandals, sex advice … the Romans seem versions of ourselves. But then there’s the slavery and the babies on rubbish heaps. We need to understand ancient Rome, but should we take lessons from it?By the late fourth century CE the river Danube had become Rome’s Calais. What we often call the “invasions” into the Roman empire of barbarian...

October 2, 2015, 12:00
Feminists abused my mother's suicide, says Sylvia Plath's poet daughter Feminists abused my mother's suicide, says Sylvia Plath's poet daughter

Frieda Hughes, the oldest child of Plath and Ted Hughes' two children, says she is "appalled" by the feminists who used her mother's death to suit a cause

yesterday, 21:46
New edition of TS Eliot poems challenges perceptions of his sexuality

The new edition, to be published by Faber Poetry in November, consists of erotic poems intended only for personal circulationThe sex life of TS Eliot has traditionally been seen through the prism of his unhappy first marriage and the dysfunctional portrayals of sexuality in his poetry, but a new edition of his work reveals the more assured side of the modernist master. “I love a tall girl. When...

September 30, 2015, 20:22
Sylvia Plath’s suicide note - did it name a final lover?

The received wisdom is that Sylvia Plath killed herself after Ted Hughes left her for another woman. But, as Jonathan Bate reveals, the story of her last letter changes everythingThe biographer’s work is never done. There comes a time when you have scoured the archives, emptied the library shelves and spoken to all the surviving witnesses who are willing to share their stories. Every new detail...

October 1, 2015, 16:30
Why James Bond is a religion

When Spectre opens later this month, millions of devotees will flock to cinemas, ready for the accustomed rituals of sex, death and redemption (and explosions)I was sitting at my desk, immersed in the role of the Calvinist church in Dutch history, the steady single flame of my concentration holding impressively steady, when it suddenly occurred to me that I hadn’t seen for a few months. I...

yesterday, 9:30
The Shortlist: Story Collections

New books by Percival Everett, Andrew Malan Milward, Lincoln Michel, Juan Gabriel Vásquez and David Nicholson.

October 2, 2015, 18:10
The Imitation Game was a mess, the past deserves better, says historian The Imitation Game was a mess, the past deserves better, says historian

The Imitation Game was an "absolute historical mess of the first order" according to an eminent historian

October 2, 2015, 19:54