Australian Notes – 18 August 2012

18 August 2012 6:00 am

The Free Syrian Army will sooner or later overthrow the Assad regime. The Islamists and the Sunni majority will then…

Diary Australia 18 August 2012

18 August 2012 6:00 am

Ultimately, all diaries are a road trip. Sometimes physical, sometimes emotional, sometimes both. This one is no different. It is…

A rocky marriage

18 August 2012 6:00 am

The Malthouse has made a mess of Lorca’s Blood Wedding


Bourne again

18 August 2012 6:00 am

Seriously, what has Hollywood got against wolves at the moment? First there was last year’s The Grey, which saw a…

Glorious Grieg

18 August 2012 6:00 am

Eternally fresh. That’s how Grieg’s Piano Concerto is described by programme notes, Classic FM, etc. Though, to be honest, eternally…

Walk on the wild side

18 August 2012 6:00 am

A good title works wonders at the Edinburgh Fringe. Oliver Reed: Wild Thing (Gilded Balloon) has a simple and succinct…


Double vision

18 August 2012 6:00 am

James Delingpole meets the quintessentially English musical duo Grasscut


Faustian pact

18 August 2012 6:00 am

When my kids grow up, I want them to go to university and read chemistry. That way they will have…


Brief encounter

18 August 2012 6:00 am

Glyndebourne’s last offering this season is one of the most stylish things it has done for a very long time,…


Slow art

18 August 2012 6:00 am

With the death of the critic and historian Robert Hughes, a great beacon has gone out in the art world…


Follow that dream

18 August 2012 6:00 am

‘Our fate lies within ourselves. We just have to be brave enough to see it,’ says Princess Merida, the winsome,…

Human stories

18 August 2012 6:00 am

‘The aggregation of marginal gains’ is the key to success, according to Dave Brailsford, the extraordinarily successful cycling coach to…


Bertie: A Life of Edward VII, by Jane Ridley

18 August 2012 6:00 am

After this irreverent new life of Edward VII, royal biography will never be the same again, says A.N. Wilson

Umbrella, by Will Self

18 August 2012 6:00 am

James Joyce once described Ulysses — in dog Italian — as a ‘maledettisimo romanzaccione’, or monstrously big novel. It has…


Bookends: The Saint Zita Society, by Ruth Rendell

18 August 2012 6:00 am

Sometimes it seems as if Ruth Rendell’s heart just isn’t in all that killing any more. Certainly, her latest book,…


The First Crusade, by Peter Frankopan

18 August 2012 6:00 am

Perhaps more than any other single historical event, the First Crusade (1096-99) lends itself to the narrative technique. This was…

National Service, by Colin Shindler

18 August 2012 6:00 am

For over 15 years after the second world war young men between the ages of 18 and 20 were conscripted…


Occupation Diaries, by Raja Shehadeh

18 August 2012 6:00 am

A group of friends, Palestinian and foreign, go to picnic at a wadi between Jerusalem and Jericho. They are wearing…

The Daylight Gate, by Jeanette Winterson Claudia FitzHerbert

18 August 2012 6:00 am

The story of the Pendle witch trials in 1612 is well known, thanks to the publication of The Wonderfull Disoverie…

Even the Dogs, by Jon McGregor

18 August 2012 6:00 am

Jon McGregor’s debut, If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things, was longlisted for the Booker Prize in 2002 and won both…


My Dear Governess, edited by Irene Goldman Price

18 August 2012 6:00 am

‘I have finished Julius Caesar since I last wrote & I cannot say that it left a very glowing impression…

Being Sam Frears, by Mary Mount

18 August 2012 6:00 am

Sam Frears is 40. He has an extremely rare condition called familial dysautonomia, or Riley-Day syndrome; the life expectancy for…


A Decade at the Donmar, 2002-2012, by Michael Grandage

18 August 2012 6:00 am

Here’s a picture book that triumphantly exceeds the narrow bounds of the coffee-table genre. At £50 it’s hardly an impulse…

12/00/2002. EXCLUSIVE: Ascent of Mars mountain.

Let us enjoy peace on Mars while we still can

18 August 2012 6:00 am

There are some things to be said in favour of the planet Mars. Its atmosphere contains almost no oxygen, the…

US Republican vice presidential hopeful

Can Paul Ryan save Mitt Romney

18 August 2012 6:00 am

Washington, DC If you read only the British press, you might get the impression that Mitt Romney couldn’t have found…