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Girl Meets Boy: The Myth of Iphis

Reviewed by Kabita Dhara

Ali Smith’s latest work radiates a sweet passion that is at once surprising and highly attractive. Refiguring the myth of Iphis and Ianthe from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Smith ponders the way our gender…

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Cease to Begin

Reviewed by James Power

Seattle’s Band of Horses follow up 2006’s excellent Everything All the Time with another album of radiant, wistful earnest music. As exemplified on ‘Detlef Schrempf’ (the album’s fourth-track tribute…

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Marry Me

Reviewed by Declan Murphy

Annie Clark is clearly a very talented woman. Having been the resident guitarist for Sufjan Stevens and the Polyphonic Spree she has now embarked on a solo career under the guise of St Vincent and pr…

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J. S. Bach: Goldberg Variations

Reviewed by Richard Mohr

If you thought you there were enough Goldbergs or that Gould, Tureck or Schiff couldn’t be matched, think again! The debut CD of this young American pianist has caused a sensation in the US, for the …

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The Emergence of Memory

Reviewed by Martin Shaw

Long-time readers of this august publication will know that in the mid-nineties I was already raving about W.G. Sebald (The Emigrants, The Rings of Saturn, Vertigo), for I already had the feeling the…

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Chicken Dance

Reviewed by Anisija Gillian

Kids’ review

Don Fred Schmidt loves chickens. Since he asked his Mum if he could look after their chickens Don has been to a chicken-judging contest, won first place and got a blue ribbon. Don had …

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The Elephanta Suite

Reviewed by Leanne Hall

The Elephanta Suite delivers three loosely-related stories of Americans travelling and living in India. In ‘Monkey Hill’ a long-married couple, Audie and Beth Blunden, grow apart while holidaying in …

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The Lost Dog

Reviewed by Kylie Stevenson

Guest Review

Tom Loxley is an academic, wrestling with writing the final chapter of his book, Meddlesome Ghosts: Henry James and the Uncanny, when his dog goes missing. The novel charts the next ten…

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The Stone Gods

Reviewed by Emily Harms

The Stone Gods is set in an apocalyptic near-future that is a direct result of the forces of desolation. On one level it is a philosophical piece of science fiction based on a love story between Bill…

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Elgar: Violin Concerto, Chausson: Poeme

Reviewed by Phil Richards

This very difficult piece is handled with consummate ease by one of the great violinists. A very bright, vivid and well-balanced sound add to the pleasure. Coupled with Perlman’s beautiful performanc…

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