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James Kelman: “I always wrote about the people in the pub or the bookie’s.” Photograph: Roberto Ricciuti/ Getty

James Kelman is sipping black coffee in the cafe of Glasgow’s Mitchell Library; the largest public reference facility in Europe, that houses(...)

If you are searching for the perfect playlist for Mother’s Day we humbly suggest you’ve just hit the mother lode. The best matriarchal musical tribute(...)

Kristin Scott Thomas at the Cannes Film Festival in France last May. 'There are lots of films that I’m proud to have even been attached to,' she says. Photograph: Tristan Fewings/Getty Images

Kristin Scott Thomas sits down with a little theatrical shiver. The actor may have perfected glacial onscreen manners – think Fiona, the snooty friend(...)

Hamish Bowles apartment, New York

To my astonishment I have written and published a big book on New York houses. You could knock me down with a feather. Anyway. This is how it happened(...)

‘Rights talk does not seem to motivate in the way that love does.’ Photograph:  Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

“All you need is love,” sang John Lennon. Fifty years later, those lyrics have fallen well out of fashion. Hate, fear and anger are the touchstones of(...)

Charles Manson after his arrest in 1969 and in 2009. He became one of the most notorious killers of the 20th century after his followers murdered seven people in 1969. Photograph: New York Times

My first glimpse of Charles Manson was seeing him standing at the altar inside a tiny prison church in Vacaville, California in mid-August 1982. He wa(...)

Brussels sprouts: “The myriad sprout recipes all aim to do the same thing: distract you from the fact that you’re eating Brussels sprouts.”

Here’s something you should know about me: I hate Brussels sprouts. The colour, the shape, the size, the sulphurous taste. Every single thing about th(...)

Michael Jackson sings at a concert on November 8th, 1988, in California, the US. File photograph: Jean-Marc Giboux/Liaison/Getty Images

The estates of the top 10 highest-earning dead celebrities pulled in revenue of nearly €250 million in total over the last year, according to an analy(...)

European Council president Donald Tusk during  a debate on the outcome of last week’s European summit at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Tuesday. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

In the latest iteration of the now familiar “the ball is in your court” series of Brexit exchanges, European Council president Donald Tusk has told th(...)

‘Cabra’ by Jean-Michel Basquiat and currently owned by Yoko Ono, will be auctioned in New York on November 16th. The estimate is $9 million-$12 million. Photograph: Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Sotheby’s

What’s happening? Sotheby’s will auction a painting from the private collection of Yoko Ono entitled Cabra by Jean-Michel Basquiat in New York on Nov(...)

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