Kill Your Friends by John Niven

London, 1997: it is the fag end of Britpop, and record company A&R man Steven Stelfox is looking for a hit record. No great surprise there since so is everyone else he knows. But Stelfox is also a murderer (insert ‘killer tunes’ joke here), keen to make his way up the greasy corporate pole by any means necessary.…

Cleansed by Sarah Kane

Sarah Kane wrote five plays and a short film and killed herself at the age of 28. Cleansed is her third work. It has just finished at the National Theatre, where five people fainted during the first six performances. Theatre PR teams would kill or maim for such publicity, which is somehow appropriate. Killing and maiming takes up…

But You Did Not Come Back by Marceline Loridan-Ivens

  The European response to the ongoing Syrian migrant crisis has been, at times, devoid of compassion or humanity. There can never be a bad time to read But You Did Not Come Back but now seems particularly pertinent. Marceline Loridan-Ivens’ memoir of the Holocaust is one of the clearest, most humane pieces of writing – brilliantly translated by Sandra Smith –…