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Philippa Hawker reviews 'Movie Journal: The rise of new American cinema 1959–1971' by Jonas Mekas

Philippa Hawker
24 August 2016

'Do you really want me to fall that low, to become a film critic, one of those people who write reviews?' asks Jonas Mekas, responding with typical brio to complaints ...

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Rachel Fuller reviews 'Life of the Party: How the remarkable Brownie Wise built and lost a Tupperware Party empire' by Bob Kealing

Rachel Fuller
23 August 2016

The foundation years of the Tupperware empire have all the elements of a great story. Earl Tupper, an introverted inventor determined to become a millionaire ...

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Peter Acton reviews 'Money Changes Everything: How finance made civilization possible' by William N. Goetzmann

Peter Acton
23 August 2016

Given the damage done to the global economy by the finance industry this century, and the apparent determination of its major players to keep on doing it, this would ...

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Robert Aldrich reviews 'Liberty or Death: The French Revolution' by Peter McPhee

Robert Aldrich
23 August 2016

The French Revolution never ceases to fascinate. Marie-Antoinette and Robespierre, the storming of the Bastille and the 'Marseillaise', the Terror and its guillotine ...

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Alexandra Mathew reviews 'Lonely City: Adventures in the art of being alone' by Olivia Laing

Alexandra Mathew
22 August 2016

In her mid-thirties, British writer and critic Olivia Laing moved to New York City to live with her partner. When the relationship ended, Laing found herself alone ...

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Kári Gíslason reviews 'Farewell to the Father' by Tim Elliott

Kári Gíslason
22 August 2016

One of the claims that is sometimes made for the memoir form is that it gives the author a degree of release from the past. Getting it down on paper can also be about ...

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Michael Winkler reviews 'Position Doubtful: Mapping landscapes and memories' by Kim Mahood

Michael Winkler
22 August 2016

At the bottom of one of Kim Mahood's desert watercolours, she scrawled, 'In the gap between two ways of seeing, the risk is that you see nothing clearly.' A risk for ...

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Rachel Fuller reviews 'The Worst Woman in Sydney: The life and crimes of Kate Leigh' by Leigh Straw

Rachel Fuller
22 August 2016

The Worst Woman in Sydney is the first biography devoted to the early twentieth-century Sydney underworld matriarch Kate Leigh. Leigh Straw attempts to tease out ...

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Brenda Niall reviews 'Constance Fenimore Woolson: Portrait of a lady novelist' by Anne Boyd Rioux

Brenda Niall
22 August 2016

If Constance Fenimore Woolson is remembered today, it is likely to be as a friend of Henry James, and a minor character in his much-chronicled life. Anne Boyd Rioux's ...

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Mark Edele reviews 'The Romanovs: 1613-1918' by Simon Sebag Montefiore

Mark Edele
22 August 2016

The history of (not so) great men and women, their lovers, wars, and marriages is back. After social historians from the 1970s reduced kings and queens to 'clowns in ...

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