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How my husband finally cracked and got a mobile phone
Until very recently my husband had never owned a mobile – blissful for him, inconvenient for me, infuriating to friends. Will our life ever be the same?

Rachel Cooke

23, Jan, 2022 @12:00 PM

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Bacon in Moscow by James Birch review – darkly funny account of art behind the iron curtain
Spats, KGB threats, dodgy Soviet plumbing… a London gallerist’s vivid memoir of organising a Francis Bacon show in the USSR really brings the artist to life

Rachel Cooke

23, Jan, 2022 @7:00 AM

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A courageous reissue in the not-so-brave new world of publishing | Rachel Cooke
Kay Dick’s They is a forgotten dystopian novel from 45 years ago, but still contentious in an age of social media bullying

Rachel Cooke

22, Jan, 2022 @5:00 PM

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Bice Lazzari: Modernist Pioneer review – exquisite, tranquil abstraction that draws you in
Forged in the seclusion and poverty of postwar Italy, the exquisite abstract work of this little-known artist casts a spell all its own

Rachel Cooke

16, Jan, 2022 @1:00 PM

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The Reactor by Nick Blackburn review – radiation therapy
The therapist draws parallels between grief and a nuclear meltdown in a book that illustrates publishing’s penchant for barely-there titles

Rachel Cooke

16, Jan, 2022 @9:00 AM

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There’s a new till-free Amazon Fresh shop near me – so I popped in for spring rolls and simmering despair
Capitalism’s great trick is to make us long for the useless and unnecessary. Under the bright lights, I felt that itch starting up

Rachel Cooke

15, Jan, 2022 @4:00 PM

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I Came All This Way to Meet You by Jami Attenberg review – a writer in search of a home
The couch-surfing daughter of a travelling salesman, the American novelist relates her long, fraught road to success with engaging verve

Rachel Cooke

09, Jan, 2022 @7:00 AM

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Fall in love with art: delight in collecting paintings
Finding art for your walls is not about investment or education, it’s about looking for what moves you and enriches your life

Rachel Cooke

08, Jan, 2022 @12:00 PM

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Walk Me to the Corner by Anneli Furmark review – Brief Encounter for the digital age
The Swedish graphic novelist perfectly captures the rush, confusion and pain of a marriage exploded by unexpected attraction

Rachel Cooke

03, Jan, 2022 @9:00 AM

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Nonfiction to look out for in 2022
From studies of grief to memoirs from Melvyn Bragg and Jarvis Cocker, along with Norman Scott’s account of a very English scandal, here are the titles coming your way next year

Rachel Cooke

26, Dec, 2021 @11:00 AM

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It wouldn’t be Christmas without Dickens | Rachel Cooke
His seasonal message still moves me to tears

Rachel Cooke

25, Dec, 2021 @5:00 PM

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Until I get a second pink line on the lateral flow, I’m going to squeeze the pips out of life | Rachel Cooke
The daily Covid test provides each morning’s drama. A negative result means another evening of food for the soul

Rachel Cooke

19, Dec, 2021 @8:00 AM

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