Russia’s Liliya Shobukhova: the marathon runner ran race after race untroubled by the fear of suspension despite showing blood values which were off the charts. Photograph: Sean Dempsey/PA

The soothing noises regarding Russia’s presence at next summer’s Olympic Games in Rio became even more soothing on Friday, with the International Olym(...)

Prep work: Michael Fassbender in Steve Jobs

Who were those clapping seals who fell for the messianic zeal of Steve Jobs? I admit to liking the things he made. This sentence was finished on a (...)

Director Lenny Abrahamson, actresses Joan Allen and Brie Larson, author/screenwriter Emma Donoghue and actor Jacob Tremblay  attend the Room press conference at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. Photograph: Mike Windle/Getty Images

Lenny Abrahamson’s Room, an adaptation of the acclaimed novel by Emma Donoghue, has been awarded the Grolsch People’s Choice Award at the Toronto Inte(...)

Rugby’s uncanny knack to organise a singalong brought a boozy, knees up atmosphere to Twickenham. With 82,000 fans breaking into ‘Sweet Caroline’ and (...)

Angelina Jolie, one of the Hollywood stars named in hacked emails. Photograph: Alberto E Rodriguez/Getty Images

Angry and passionate email exchanges between major Hollywood players have been exposed by the recent hack into Sony Pictures.Producer Scott Rudin and (...)

Morvern Callar: Alan Warner’s debut novel tells the story of the eponymous narrator, who wakes up to find her boyfriend dead in the kitchen in the run-up to Christmas. A film adaptation starring Samantha Morton followed in 2002.
10 of the best: Scottish fiction
  • Books
  • September 17, 2014, 18:21

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Muriel Spark (1961) Muriel Spark’s best-known novel was first published in the New Yorker magazine. Centred on t(...)

Dermot O’Leary: presenting ‘Live from Space: Lap of the Planet’

In what will either prove an unmitigated disaster or a might-as-well-give-up-now moment for its rivals, Channel 4 is popping out to space this Sund(...)

Heads were duly scratched when, aged 17, Imogen Poots was plucked from relative obscurity to star in 28 Weeks Later, the sequel to Danny Boyle’s bo(...)

Oh, dear. It looks as if Boris Johnson’s tourism Johnnies have got their fingers in this underpowered geezer thriller. There’s the Gherk(...)


Danny Boyle finds himself in a strange place. After winning an Oscar for Slumdog Millionai(...)