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Book review: Sherry Turkle laments the disconnected lives that our connected future might bring

The psychologist explores the ironies of our smartphone age, when we are more reachable than ever before - but in some ways ever more isolated

24 Oct 2015 - 9:00PM

The psychologist explores the ironies of our smartphone age, when we are more reachable than ever before - but in some ways ever more isolated

Book review: Sherry Turkle laments the disconnected lives that our connected future might bring
Book review: the bodies in the bogs give up some of their fascinating secrets – but not all

Preserved for millennia in peat bogs, these Neolithic human remains are slowly yielding to modern scientific inquiry

20 Oct 2015 - 10:32AM

Preserved for millennia in peat bogs, these Neolithic human remains are slowly yielding to modern scientific inquiry

Book review: the bodies in the bogs give up some of their fascinating secrets – but not all
Game review - Destiny: The Taken King fixes flaws and amps up the fun

With new weapons, environment, characters and best of all, a new raid, Destiny: The Taken King is fun to play for 15 minutes or 10 hours.

7 Oct 2015 - 6:32PM

With new weapons, environment, characters and best of all, a new raid, Destiny: The Taken King is fun to play for 15 minutes or 10 hours.

Game review - Destiny: The Taken King fixes flaws and amps up the fun
Book review: Gold Fame Citrus puts the western US through the apocalyptic wringer
Book review: The Shift is a compelling memoir of a day in the life of a nurse

Theresa Brown doesn't overdo the drama but lets her riveting story speak for itself

30 Sep 2015 - 6:01PM

Theresa Brown doesn't overdo the drama but lets her riveting story speak for itself

Book review: The Shift is a compelling memoir of a day in the life of a nurse
Perhat Khaliq and Qetiq are bringing Uygur rock to the world - but not everyone is happy

Khaliq is on the cusp of international stardom, bringing Uygur sounds to new audiences - but not everyone is pleased with the way he treats the traditions

23 Sep 2015 - 6:48PM

Khaliq is on the cusp of international stardom, bringing Uygur sounds to new audiences - but not everyone is pleased with the way he treats the traditions

Perhat Khaliq and Qetiq are bringing Uygur rock to the world - but not everyone is happy
Book review: Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders doesn't pull her punches in Reckless

The rock'n'roll star waited until her parents were dead before publishing her autobiography, which doesn't shy away from provocative opinions or controversial subjects

22 Sep 2015 - 8:00AM

The rock'n'roll star waited until her parents were dead before publishing her autobiography, which doesn't shy away from provocative opinions or controversial subjects

Book review: Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders doesn't pull her punches in Reckless
Book review: The Fellowship - on Tolkien's literary circle

The Inklings, whose members included C. S. Lewis, was the Oxford literary society where J.R.R. Tolkien read his Rings cycle.

23 Aug 2015 - 12:07AM

The Inklings, whose members included C. S. Lewis, was the Oxford literary society where J.R.R. Tolkien read his Rings cycle.

Book review: The Fellowship - on Tolkien's literary circle
Book review: The Shepherd's Life - by Herdwick Shepherd of Twitter fame

James Rebanks' seasonal diary of rural life in northwest England mixes romance and realism.

23 Aug 2015 - 12:07AM

James Rebanks' seasonal diary of rural life in northwest England mixes romance and realism.

Book review: The Shepherd's Life - by Herdwick Shepherd of Twitter fame
Book review: Dragonfish - a maddening, unexplained debut

Vietnamese-American Vu Tran pits his people's past against its future in novel that's a confusing pastiche.

23 Aug 2015 - 12:07AM

Vietnamese-American Vu Tran pits his people's past against its future in novel that's a confusing pastiche.

Book review: Dragonfish - a maddening, unexplained debut
To the Nth degree: full-colour, fully scored N++ is massive game

With more than 2,300 levels, its creators estimate that even the sharpest players will be in N++ for at least 30 hours.

15 Aug 2015 - 11:55PM

With more than 2,300 levels, its creators estimate that even the sharpest players will be in N++ for at least 30 hours.

To the Nth degree: full-colour, fully scored N++ is massive game
Book review: Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life - 'meaning of life' in breaks

New Yorker writer William Finnegan's half-century  adventure chasing breaks across the Pacific, in South Africa and the US, is beautifully told, and much more than the story of a boy and his wave.

15 Aug 2015 - 11:55PM

New Yorker writer William Finnegan's half-century  adventure chasing breaks across the Pacific, in South Africa and the US, is beautifully told, and much more than the story of a boy and his wave.

Book review: Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life - 'meaning of life' in breaks
Fifty years ago this week, The Beatles created stadium rock

The August 15, 1965 show by The Beatles at New York's Shea Stadium was a seminal moment in the history of rock music, writes Michael K. Bohn.

12 Aug 2015 - 2:46PM

The August 15, 1965 show by The Beatles at New York's Shea Stadium was a seminal moment in the history of rock music, writes Michael K. Bohn.

Fifty years ago this week, The Beatles created stadium rock
How meeting Ted Bundy set true-crime writer Ann Rule on her way

The struggling crime reporter, who recently died, befriended American serial killer, saw her tip-offs to police ignored, and tried to save him from execution.

8 Aug 2015 - 11:04PM

The struggling crime reporter, who recently died, befriended American serial killer, saw her tip-offs to police ignored, and tried to save him from execution.

How meeting Ted Bundy set true-crime writer Ann Rule on her way
Duran Duran back with 14th album, featuring Lindsay Lohan cameo

For their new studio album, band called on friends including Mark Ronson, Nile Rodgers - and Lohan - writes Glenn Gamboa.

8 Aug 2015 - 11:03PM

For their new studio album, band called on friends including Mark Ronson, Nile Rodgers - and Lohan - writes Glenn Gamboa.

Duran Duran back with 14th album, featuring Lindsay Lohan cameo
Elder Scrolls Online brings multiplayer heaven to consoles

Long a staple of PC gaming, medieval fantasy The Elder Scrolls Online proves that consoles can handle the MMO genre, with all the familiar elements working smoothly and numerous additions.

6 Aug 2015 - 1:45PM

Long a staple of PC gaming, medieval fantasy The Elder Scrolls Online proves that consoles can handle the MMO genre, with all the familiar elements working smoothly and numerous additions.

Elder Scrolls Online brings multiplayer heaven to consoles
Book review: Speak - complex meditation on our longing for love

Like David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas, Speak has a theme which, if you state it too plainly, begins to sound a bit self-help: we are all lonely, we all need to feel connected and understood.

1 Aug 2015 - 10:58PM

Like David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas, Speak has a theme which, if you state it too plainly, begins to sound a bit self-help: we are all lonely, we all need to feel connected and understood.

Book review: Speak - complex meditation on our longing for love
Book review: The Small Backs of Children - Woolf-like

How the young end up as metaphors who help us tell our stories rather than fully living their own.

1 Aug 2015 - 10:58PM

How the young end up as metaphors who help us tell our stories rather than fully living their own.

Book review: The Small Backs of Children - Woolf-like
Why adult colouring books are here to stay and how they relieve stress
Will virtual reality go mainstream with tech giants in game?

It's not yet clear whether  everyone will one day have a headset at home, as some in the nascent industry believe, or whether professionals such as marketers and engineers will be the biggest users of VR.

30 Jul 2015 - 9:31AM

It's not yet clear whether  everyone will one day have a headset at home, as some in the nascent industry believe, or whether professionals such as marketers and engineers will be the biggest users of VR.

Will virtual reality go mainstream with tech giants in game?
Book review: One Man Against The World - Nixon's tragedy

Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Tim Weiner expertly shows in this book how the late president nearly destroyed the United States. It's as far as you can get from the usual apologia for Richard Nixon.

25 Jul 2015 - 11:22PM

Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Tim Weiner expertly shows in this book how the late president nearly destroyed the United States. It's as far as you can get from the usual apologia for Richard Nixon.

Book review: One Man Against The World - Nixon's tragedy
Book review: Keepers: The Greatest Films - and Personal Favourites - of a Moviegoing Lifetime

Everyone has a "hey, you really need to see this movie" list. But when the guy with the list has been reviewing films for 50 years, written dozens of books, palled around with and made numerous documentaries about many of Hollywood's biggest names, attention should be paid.

18 Jul 2015 - 10:52PM

Everyone has a "hey, you really need to see this movie" list. But when the guy with the list has been reviewing films for 50 years, written dozens of books, palled around with and made numerous documentaries about many of Hollywood's biggest names, attention should be paid.

Book review: Keepers: The Greatest Films - and Personal Favourites - of a Moviegoing Lifetime
Book review: The Cost of Courage - life in occupied France

Slim but dramatic volume tells the story of the Boulloches, an upper-middle-class Catholic family from Paris, and their harrowing experiences during the country's wartime occupation by the Nazis.

11 Jul 2015 - 5:44PM

Slim but dramatic volume tells the story of the Boulloches, an upper-middle-class Catholic family from Paris, and their harrowing experiences during the country's wartime occupation by the Nazis.

Book review: The Cost of Courage - life in occupied France
How your brain could trick you into lying without knowing it, and other odd brain disorders
Book review: Death and Mr Pickwick - Dickens stole Pickwick concept

Stephen Jarvis, in his brilliant debut novel, presents evidence as to why Charles Dickens' Pickwick Papers should be called "the greatest literary hoax in history".

11 Jul 2015 - 5:44PM

Stephen Jarvis, in his brilliant debut novel, presents evidence as to why Charles Dickens' Pickwick Papers should be called "the greatest literary hoax in history".

Book review: Death and Mr Pickwick - Dickens stole Pickwick concept
Book review: Stalin's daughter led a life in constant pursuit of happiness

"Wherever I go, whether to Australia or some island, I will always be the political prisoner of my father's name." Such was the lament of Svetlana Alliluyeva, whose life sentence it was to be the only daughter of Josef Stalin.

27 Jun 2015 - 10:49PM

"Wherever I go, whether to Australia or some island, I will always be the political prisoner of my father's name." Such was the lament of Svetlana Alliluyeva, whose life sentence it was to be the only daughter of Josef Stalin.

Book review: Stalin's daughter led a life in constant pursuit of happiness
Book review: Guantanamo Diary by Mohamedou Ould Slahi - Tortured into lies

Near the end of his hellish account of perpetual torture, Mohamedou Ould Slahi makes what appears to be a remarkable confession.

6 Jun 2015 - 11:47PM

Near the end of his hellish account of perpetual torture, Mohamedou Ould Slahi makes what appears to be a remarkable confession.

Book review: Guantanamo Diary by Mohamedou Ould Slahi - Tortured into lies
Sci-fi author's book deal paves way for fellow writers
Book review: Hope - memoir of two of the Cleveland hostages
Book review: Infamy - how Japanese Americans came to be interned in war

Reeves  documents the decisions made in Washington and how they affected the lives of ordinary Americans during the second world war whose only crime was to be of Japanese descent.

23 May 2015 - 10:52PM

Reeves  documents the decisions made in Washington and how they affected the lives of ordinary Americans during the second world war whose only crime was to be of Japanese descent.

Book review: Infamy - how Japanese Americans came to be interned in war