Guardian columnist, writes books, comes late to technology.

Joan of Arc: God’s Warrior - review: a vital corrective on the Maid of Orleans — My image of Joan of Arc lies somewhere between the black and white photograph of Dorothy Tutin on the front of my A-level copy of Jean Anouilh's The Lark and Milla Jovovich gangling androgynously through Luc Besson's The Messenger. For all those similarly in need of correction on the subject of the Maid of Orleans, last night was our night.

Book corner | Books | The Guardian — As I briefly explained last week, I have cajoled an extra slot out of Family's editors in order, really, to salve my conscience. There are too many wonderful books still out there for me not to try to gather at least some of them together at the last.

No Offence; The Detectives - review: Paul Abbott’s Channel 4 drama was almost as chilling and moving as the real thing — If it's a wedding reception with swastika cupcakes, you know you're at a Paul Abbott party. One he has written, I mean, not hosting. I'm guessing - I don't know the man. DCs Kowalska and Tanner are undercover at such a wedding reception as the third episode of Abbott's latest creation, No Offence (Channel 4), opens.

Cable girl: Lucy Mangan on Persons Unknown — Persons Unknown (Syfy) is absolutely my new favourite best ever thing ever. EVER. A bunch of people wake up imprisoned in separate hotel rooms. They don't know each other, how they got here, where "here" is, who's kidnapped them or why.

24 Hours in the Past: the randomest collection of participants in the BBC’s weakest historico-reality-doc-thing yet — Question: is the sight of Ann Widdecombe on our screens in a time that now sees Michael Gove presiding over our justice system a more or less exquisite torture than it used to be? Has she been transfigured by recent events into a relatively uplifting reminder of better days?

The in-flight magazine with serious literary aspirations — Would you like to read a new monthly luxury lifestyle and literary magazine, crammed with articles about theatre, art and fine dining, and original essays and stories by the likes of Joyce Carol Oates, Emily St John Mandel (whose novel Station Eleven was a finalist for the National Book Award in fiction last year), Pulitzer prize-winning Anthony Doerr and Rick Moody (author of The Ice Storm)?

The Game review - ‘the whole thing thickens with intrigue’ — The problem I have with cold war dramas is that I never know where to position myself. I can never find the right hook from which to suspend my disbelief. I'm pretty sure it's true that we weren't best mates with anyone who spoke in a guttural accent from under a heavy fur hat and that we and they both spied on each other as a result.

YouTube to the rescue: how it taught us to fix boilers, wash denim and master beauty tips — For several years running, I had to call out a plumber every autumn; the central heating pump would quit shortly after I turned on the system. One year, I had a magnetic filter installed to catch the gunk that kept jamming the pump, but the next year it quit right on schedule.

Lucy Mangan on the prospect of merging books with her husband — They say you don't really know someone until you marry him or her. I had always assumed that They must be wrong, at least since cohabitation became commonplace, but now I may have to revise my opinion. For just two months into our marriage Toryboy has asked me to agree to something so ...

Safe House review - nobody broods better than Christopher Eccleston — Spring is here! Trees are coming into verdant leaf, plants are in full bud, begging to be let bloom, all is fresh, green, vibrant, full of hope and promise ...
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May 28, 2015

@deedsmeister You're very kind - thank you :)

May 28, 2015

Should have been comma not excl mark in last tweet. See, this is what happens when I start feeling happy. No good.

May 28, 2015

Just has an email from young @guardian reader in California so lovely it will keep me going for rest of YEAR *prints out! hugs to chest*

May 28, 2015

End of fkng days if not. “@KateBussmann: Is this a joke? Please tell me this is a joke…

May 27, 2015

@LLMonts What, oh WHAT, was the Red Riding Hood-based book you recommended yesterday?

May 27, 2015

My @guardiang2 review of Joan of Arc doc +Festivals,Sex &Suspicious Parents.… Short version-good & shite,respectively

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