Rich colours: Dries Van Noten’s Paris show at the Hotel de Ville. Photograph: Etienne Laurent/ EPA

Paris fashion week opened with Irish designer Sharon Wauchob sharing the same day’s schedule on the busy calendar with Dries Van Noten and Rochas, (...)

Lucky Jim, Kingsley Amis (1954) A reluctant professor of medieval history in an 1950s English university, Jim Dixon rebels against the pretensio(...)

The Reader: concerned with second-generation guilt, Bernhard Schlink’s novel uses literature and literacy as a way of revisiting the “incomparable” crimes of Nazi Germany

Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen (1818) Austen’s first novel, published posthumously, may not have as much finesse as her later more famous works (...)

As a child, growing up in her father’s home in the Bay Area, Sofia coppola would have met many of the era’s great movie stars.

You have to wonder how Sofia Coppola made herself heard at the family dinner table. Francis Ford Coppola, her father, has never come across as a squas(...)