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Spare Rib? More like Prime Rib: La Plante's Ladies Are on the Case: 'The Best of Lynda La Plante'

Crime comes first in Linda La Plante's dramas, but sexual politics is never far behind.

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Everything Comes to She Who Waits: 'Bad Girls: Series 8'

This is a marvellous concoction of campy passions and ironic takes on popular culture. Always seductive, always charming, and never anything but camp, Bad Girls Series 8 ends on a high.

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Maurice Sendak: A Fable-Maker for Our Times

The 20th century did its best to dismantle innocence and inflict ideologically based suffering on children so as to darken human psychology for generations to come. Sendak dealt in honesty to make sense of bleak legacies.

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Bestowing Animation Upon Lifeless Matter: 'Frankenstein: The Interactive Literary App'

Maybe hacking up a classic horror story is anathema to many readers, but there is a strange allure about stitching together a new creation from the body of the novel. What's the harm in a little experimentation?

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No Shaggy Dog Story: 'The Wolf Gift' is Anne Rice Back With a (Bloody) Vengeance

Anne Rice, with her (sometimes bloody) dissection of issues such as morality and desire, is answering the acquisition of the Gothic by the mainstream YA market -- and retrieving it for us grown-ups.

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Moral Conundrum Across the Ages: 'Philip K Dick and Philosophy: Do Androids Have Kindred Spirits?'

The critique of transcription, adaptation, and commercialism in Philip K Dick's work is set beside that of technologies, morality and society. Rather like Blade Runner.

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'Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? Is a Memoir of Striking Honesty, Realism and Wit

She was told that she should have been a boy named 'Paul', so rejection and disappointment were a fact of life from an early age for Jeanette Winterson.

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From Warhol to Koons, Koons to Hirst: The Branding of 'Taste' in 'The Art Prophets'

Such a book as this is a useful reminder that everything, from every source of cultural and technological output, is marketable to someone, somewhere.

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The 'Evil' that Men Do: 'Older than America', Retitled to 'American Evil'

What might be a difficult film that debates historical and ethnic rights actually turns out to be a bloody good thriller with a Victorian frame of mind.

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Objects of Desire: David Hockney's Muse in 'A Bigger Splash'

The private world of David Hockney's creativity will never be a disappointment.

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Reading the Detectives: US Crime Overtakes British Romance

Time was when you couldn’t move in a library in England for romance fiction: Dames Barbara and Catherine (Cartland and Cookson) dominated the shelves. Hundreds upon hundreds of copies of their titles (in large-print format very often) were loaned out by the armful.

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'The Sexual History of London': Plus ça Change, Plus c'est la Même Chose

When you read about the medieval mania for buggery and the Victorian craze for flagellation, it’s difficult not to feel a blushing fascination for our forebears and their proclivities.

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Looking for Wit in Sci-Fi Lit?: 'Alien Contact' Has It

Marty Halpern’s editorial brief was for writers to concoct their narratives around first encounters with aliens and, duly noted, numerous authors are represented here with perfectly tailored schemes.

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The Curious Case of the Closure of the Charles Dickens Museum

Charles Dickens is a national, if not international, cultural figure. Is it such a problem that the London museum dedicated to him will be closed for the bicentenary?

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'What the Hell Are You Doing?' This Is the David Shrigley Universe. Do You Want to Go There?

If art is meant to be creative and communicate ideas, that then prompt ideas and imaginative scenarios in the heads of others, then Shrigley makes art. If that is what art is.

Gabrielle Malcolm
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'Balzac's Omelette': Wherein Appetites Take Many Forms

Desire, hunger, rage and envy are knitted together into this complex web of humanity and Normandy hams, Provençal stews, and Ostend oysters punctuate the experiences.

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Freud's Couch, Scott's Buttock's, Brontë's Grave' Is a Bit Cheeky, but Conservative

Given the chance to write any kind of book on literary culture, this Cambridge professor chooses dead, white male established figures, oh – and the Brontë Sisters (everyone’s token girl writers!). No boundaries broken here.

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