Poetry book of the month: How to Fly by Barbara Kingsolver – review

You might assume the Pellegrinaggio (Pilgrimage) section – about travels with her mother-in-law – to be skippable, but these poems, describing reuniting her American mother-in-law (of whom she is evidently very fond) with her Italian past, are charming. In a delightful later poem, Will, she gets her her to peel a huge pile of tomatoes […]

Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver review – a powerful lament for the American dream

Not only a bookclub author par excellence, Kingsolver is also the founder of the Pen/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction. Her progressive instincts compel her to follow Tig’s advice to her mother: “What you have to do is look for blue sky.” Part of a generation with scant belief in the moribund American dream, Tig […]

Flight Behaviour by Barbara Kingsolver – review

Byron hires Dellarobia to help him to make sense of the strange apparition on her land and in the process of learning how to help him, she acquires a self-confidence she had been denied by her lack of education and by her poverty. It is a story steeped in biblical metaphor: the monarch butterflies transform […]

Richard Gadd: Breaking Gadd review – comedy of relentless degradation

Once you’ve become wise to Gadd’s zeal for debasement, which doesn’t take long, none of these dialogues (the other characters are played by prerecorded voices) contain any surprises. They ratchet up the indignity, but aren’t notable for their wit. I wish Gadd would offset the blackness with a few other colours. When, infrequently, he does […]

John Bolton can publish book despite efforts to block it, federal judge rules

Bolton’s team insisted that Bolton had spent months addressing White House concerns about classified information and that Bolton had been assured in late April by the official he was working with that the manuscript no longer contained any such material. Bolton’s lawyers said the Trump administration’s efforts to block the book were a pretext to […]

Ola Cabs app hit by bug that allows free rides

BENGALURU: A software engineer and a security firm have exposed what they say are vulnerabilities in Ola’s mobile app, raising concerns about the robustness of technology at India’s largest cab aggregator. The two bugs that have been unearthed allow unethical individuals with basic programming knowledge to enjoy unlimited free cab rides—one at the expense of […]

From Ma’am with love! The Queen, Kate Middleton and Prince William wish Meghan Markle happy birthday on Instagram as the Duchess turns 39 in LA days before release of bombshell biography

Before they were engaged, Harry gave a bombshell statement from Kensington Palace condemning the press while confirming Harry’s new girlfriend, upsetting Charles who didn’t know about the statement until 20 minutes before. Pictured: Prince Harry and Prince William walk behind Charles, and the Queen at Westminster Abbey. Also pictured: Duchesses of Cornwall (front), Cambridge (middle) […]

A northern soul

By mid-1977, the instantly intimidating and incendiary Fall were blasting tinny sound into cryptic song, fronted by that creepily normal looking maniac first spotted violently heckling Paul Weller – ‘fucking Tory scum’ – when the Jam played the Electric Circus. The Fall’s first show seemed to be played in front of an audience that consisted […]

Lots of distancing, no long-distance: airlines cautiously return to the sky

Captain David Morgan, easyJet’s director of flight operations, who will take the first flight out of Gatwick, acknowledges the changes could be a shock to some. “We’ll have … enhanced aircraft disinfection, customers and crew will be required to wear masks on board, and initially we won’t serve any food or drinks.” The measures will […]

How did Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump earn as much as £120m last year?

Let’s start with Kushner’s stake in Cadre, an online property broker, which is worth between $25m and $50m. “Cadre is going to make us billionaires,” the boy wonder announced to colleagues when he co-founded the company with his brother in 2014. It certainly seems to be doing well: the Guardian reported last year that Cadre […]