I just wish Hitler could hear the cheering! That was one little girl’s take on VE Day

HISTORY LONDON 1945 by Maureen Waller (John Murray £12.99, 560pp) Twenty-four hours of manic rejoicing flanked at both ends by years of queuing and hardship: that’s the overwhelming impression given by Maureen Waller’s superbly well-researched and detailed portrait of London in 1945, reissued in paperback to commemorate today’s anniversary of VE Day. It really happened: … Read more

Build your own island getaway!

Build your own island getaway! Author explores the globe’s blissful utopias in a fascinating new book Alastair Bonnett explores islands around the world in a new geography book He visits The World, a collection of 300 islands off the coast of Dubai  British author is met by staff complaining about the size of India’s representation … Read more

PSYCHO THRILLERS  | Daily Mail Online

PSYCHO THRILLERS By Christena Appleyard for the Daily Mail Published: 22:02 BST, 7 May 2020 | Updated: 22:02 BST, 7 May 2020 THREE PERFECT LIARS by Heidi Perks (Century £12.99, 448 pp) THREE PERFECT LIARS by Heidi Perks (Century £12.99, 448 pp) This book opens with a vivid description of an unnamed woman watching an … Read more

Can hope and happiness cure the incurable?

SCIENCE CURED    by Jeffrey Rediger (Penguin £16.99, 400 pp) When Jeffrey Rediger, a psychiatrist at Harvard Medical School, began writing this compelling book about illness and wellness, he can hardly have imagined that it would have been published in the middle of a catastrophic pandemic. Rediger offers many clinically documented examples of people stricken with … Read more

Unspeakable truth of life as a eunuch

Author who had an orchidectomy due to testicular cancer reveals the unspeakable truth of life as a eunuch in a gripping memoir Laurence Dillon has penned a memoir about the history of eunuchs  Author was inspired after having an orchidectomy for testicular cancer Facing a life of being infertile, he reflects on opportunities that he didn’t … Read more

Shostakovich: Symphony No 11 review: It’s brilliantly orchestrated here by the BBC Philharmonic

Shostakovich’s Symphony No 11 is a remarkable piece with a powerful statement and it’s brilliantly orchestrated by the BBC Philharmonic By David Mellor for Event Published: 22:02 BST, 2 May 2020 | Updated: 22:02 BST, 2 May 2020 Shostakovich: Symphony No 11 ‘The Year 1905’  BBC Philharmonic, conducted by John Storgårds     Chandos, out now … Read more

From Grounded With Louis Theroux to Her Spirit, This Is Money and Babbage: This week’s top podcasts

From Grounded With Louis Theroux to Louise Minchin and Annie Emmerson on Her Spirit, This Is Money and Babbage, this week’s top podcasts By Leaf Arbuthnot Published: 22:01 BST, 2 May 2020 | Updated: 22:01 BST, 2 May 2020 Grounded With Louis Theroux In his new podcast series, the cult documentary-maker Louis Theroux calls up … Read more

‘You gotta win,’ Donald Trump told me. But right now, he’s losing’

Sunday, April 19 I made my comeback on CNN today, six years after leaving the network, and passionately ripped into President Trump and Boris Johnson for both failing to react fast enough to the coronavirus crisis. The interview created quite a stir. Actress Mia Farrow messaged me from Los Angeles to say: ‘Your moral outrage … Read more