Arts & Books
Walt Disney has turned "Beauty and the Beast" into a parable about socialising masculinity without lessening its appeal. But Celia Brayfield thinks Superman and Lois Lane are unlikely to live happily...
Herb Greer goes to Oxford to hear Nigel Kennedy play Elgar and Beethoven with a student rchestra. As long as he plays like this, we can forgive him his mannered eccentricity
Some of the greatest literature of the Soviet era is only now becoming available in fine English translations. Sally Laird finds similar themes reverberating in new Russian writing
The historian Norman Davies is attacked for being "rightwing" and "anti-Semitic." His only crime is to contest the Allied Scheme of History
Charles Elton finds Mia Farrow's memoir follows the classic three-act structure of any Hollywood princess: dysfunctional family, bewildering marriages, messy splits
Uwe Timm's deceptively light narrative is a mixture of Kazuo Ishiguro, Graham Swift, Woody Allen and James Joyce. He has saved German letters and written the reunification novel
Muriel Spark has been writing superior fiction for 40 years. Malcolm Bradbury pays tribute and says her latest novel shows she has not lost her touch
The wrongs of the past came from the absence of freedom, the wrongs of the present from its excesses. Robert Cooper is impressed by Geoff Mulgan's new book, but finds his answers less convincing than...