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Acting Class by Nick Drnaso review – ah, look at all the lonely people
The author of Sabrina brings us a discomfiting picture of charlatanism in action

Rachel Cooke

14, Aug, 2022 @7:00 PM

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Young & Wild? Art in 1980s Germany; Pre-Raphaelite: Drawings and Watercolours – review
There’s prolific energy, and the odd woeful daub, in a small show of art from 1980s Berlin – all eclipsed by a single pencil sketch nearby...

Rachel Cooke

07, Aug, 2022 @12:00 PM

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Photographer Fatimah Hossaini: ‘In Kabul, there was so much hope and desire’
The Afghan artist narrowly escaped from Kabul to Paris last August, as the Taliban took over. She talks about the terror of that time, why she still longs for home, and her work photographing Afghan women in exile

Rachel Cooke

07, Aug, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Look! We Have Come Through! by Lara Feigel review – a woman in love
The author draws parallels between her own life and that of DH Lawrence, making this memoir-cum-self-help book more than a little mystifying

Rachel Cooke

31, Jul, 2022 @8:00 AM

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The Last Days by Ali Millar review – a rebellious Jehovah’s Witness memoir
The author’s relentless, opaque account of her joyless religious upbringing proves no less an ordeal for the reader

Rachel Cooke

24, Jul, 2022 @10:00 AM

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Brenda Hale: ‘There’s absolutely no need to scrap the Human Rights Act’
The former supreme court president on the government’s Rwanda plan, her star status among law students and her latest brooch

Rachel Cooke

24, Jul, 2022 @8:30 AM

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I can only stand in baffled awe as my husband’s novel is brought to life on film | Rachel Cooke
Just as he couldn’t explain to me what inspired his characters, I can’t divine what he thinks of this adaptation

Rachel Cooke

23, Jul, 2022 @3:00 PM

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Alison by Lizzy Stewart review – a tale as old as the hills made new by art
In this full-length debut tracing the complex relationship of a young artist and her tutor, every page looks exquisite

Rachel Cooke

18, Jul, 2022 @8:00 AM

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Italians make stale bread ‘meatballs’ appetising – let’s learn from that
‘Cucina povera’ is written about romantically, but there’s no reason why we can’t cook dishes that are frugal and delicious

Rachel Cooke

16, Jul, 2022 @3:00 PM

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‘Now other women are free to say what they believe’: researcher who lost her job over transgender tweets
After the landmark tribunal ruling in her favour last week, Maya Forstater reveals the toll the case took – and explains why it was worth it

Rachel Cooke

10, Jul, 2022 @9:00 AM

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Summer reading: the 30 best holiday reads – chosen by authors and critics
Novelists including Johny Pitts, Monica Ali and Nina Stibbe – plus Observer critics – on their essential holiday books

02, Jul, 2022 @1:00 PM

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Philip Larkin’s profound and beautiful poetry sent me back to the classroom | Rachel Cooke
The exam board that dropped the poet and others from the curriculum has overlooked their effects on young minds

Rachel Cooke

25, Jun, 2022 @2:00 PM

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