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BBC Radio 6 Music - 6 Mix, Ben Watt

DJ and producer Ben Watt returns to the 6 Mix exploring leftfield dance and electronic music past, present and future.<br>In his latest show for 6 Music, Ben picks some of his favourite tracks of the year so far and plays some music which has influenced his new solo works; the first in over 30 …

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Romany and Tom by Ben Watt – review

Ben Watt, best known as one half of Everything But the Girl, says that one of the reasons he chose to study at Hull University at the start of the 1980s was because Philip Larkin was a librarian there. The melancholic poet's voice can be heard in the very first line of <i>Romany and Tom</i>: "We only ever …

Romany and Tom by Ben Watt – review

Most famous for being one half of pop duo Everything But the Girl with his wife, Tracey Thorn, musician and DJ Ben Watt has plunged into his past before. In 1996, he wrote <i>Patient</i>, documenting his battle with Churg-Strauss syndrome, an autoimmune disease that often proves fatal. In short, perfect …

Ben Watt - Hendra: exclusive album stream

Too often musicians succumb to second album syndrome, spending just months to write a follow-up to a record they spent the best part of their lives dedicated to. That’s not the case for Ben Watt - one half of Everything But The Girl - who releases his second album Hendra next Monday, 31 years after …

Ben Watt On His New Album and Playing Backgammon With Dave Gilmour - PAPER

(Photo by Edward Bishop)<p>The synthesizer swell that opens <i>Hendra</i> gives the brief impression that Ben Watt might be revisiting the clubby turf that made his erstwhile band Everything But the Girl global superstars -- but it's an acoustic guitar, not a gleaming '90s dance beat, that starts the song in …

Ben Watt / 'Hendra' (Official Video | by Rahim Moledina)

A Dark Adapted Eye - Mirror Book Club book of the week

As we go into the second month of Mirror Book Club our members have found themselves drawn into the subtlety and suspense of Barbara Vine's murder …

Dissident Gardens by Jonathan Lethem, review

A novel of the revolutionary Left heralds the arrival of a new American master, says David Annand<p><b>Philip Roth</b> retired in November 2012. I don’t know if he got a carriage clock or anything, but he certainly deserved one, not least for what David Foster Wallace called his “Dostoevskian golden period”, …

Barcelona Shadows, by Marc Pastor, review

The Spanish author weaves a garish fictional tale of a deadly female serial killer<p>Barcelona in 1911: a city reeling from bloody street fighting between police and citizens, filled with wounded veterans of Spanish military campaigns in Morocco. The lowly inhabitants of El Raval’s red light district …

Romp with the girls’ school rebels

<b>The Following Girls by Louise Levene (Bloomsbury Circus, £16.99)</b><p>I suppose the days are long gone when visiting bores at school speech days would …

Book review: Dissident Gardens, by Jonathan Lethem

The idea of The Great American Novel feels like an albatross around the neck of that country’s literature. Sooner or later every white middle-class …

Book review: The Strangler Vine by MJ Carter

The publishers have done this book a disservice in calling it a “rip-roaring caper”. True, it has lots of fast-moving drama, but it also has a …

BEGGAR’S FEAST BY RANDY BOYAGODA (Viking £8.99)

It all started when Jerry and his wife Pen found a house they could afford and turned it into a dream home. But they woke up - and when they got …

BY ADAM FOULDS (Cape £16.99)

Prize-winning author Adam Foulds’ new novel is set mainly in Sicily during World War II and Churchill’s disastrous attempt to open up what he called …

THE TOY TAKER BY LUKE DELANEY (HarperCollins £12.99)

Ulster-born McKinty, who went to work in New York after graduating but now lives in Australia, has rightly developed an international reputation with …

Books

Decoded by Mai Jia – review

Mai Jia is described in the publisher's blurb of this absorbing and unusual book as "the most popular writer in the world that you've never heard of". Now, with the translation of his 2005 debut being published in the west, English-language speakers will have a chance to see why Mai deserves this …

Shovel Ready by Adam Sternbergh – review

Ever since cyberpunk in the 1980s, science fiction has been only too ready to slap on the noir paint. Down these mean streets a man must walk, and if the streets are located (as here) in a half-deserted future New York where Times Square has been dirty-bombed and climate catastrophe has sunk the …

Seven Terrors by Selvedin Avdić – review

Sometimes the only way to write about something horrible is to do it obliquely. In <i>Seven Terrors</i> we see the Bosnian war of the early to mid-90s glimpsed fleetingly, out of the corner of the eye, like a ghost passing between two worlds. I choose that metaphor carefully, because this is a book in …

Falling Out of Time by David Grossman – review

In his Arthur Miller Freedom to Write lecture, delivered in New York in 2007 – a lecture that should be read by anyone interested in undertaking the emotional labour of making any kind of true art – the great Israeli novelist David Grossman said: "The consciousness of the disaster that befell me …