The Golden Gate

A group of Californian yuppies walk the treadmill of life in this virtuosic novel in verse by Vikram Seth.

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Yuletide

A clandestine affair, a revenge tale, and the truth about Santa Claus feature in this trio of festive films.

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Hejira

Tyres turn on sandy highways and jazz inflections abound in this road trip album by Joni Mitchell.

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Tilted Arc

Richard Serra's curved steel sculpture towered over New York commuters in the eighties, provoking awe and ire.

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Alias Grace

A Victorian media sensation convicted of murder tells her story in this historical novel by Margaret Atwood.

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Junkyard

Scrap hawkers and giant steel statues feature in this trio of artworks related to the word 'Junkyard'.

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The Shipping News

A dysfunctional family relocates to the craggy expanse of a Canadian island in this novel by Annie Proulx.

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Untitled #97

Cindy Sherman sits, slumped against hand, clutching a bathrobe to her body in this frank photograph.

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Nigeria

Swaddled sons, village customs, and civil protest feature in this selection of four Nigerian artworks.

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Angel of the North

Antony Gormley's arresting, celestial sculpture towers over the A1, carrying the mythology of its homeland.

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Maus

The horrors of the Holocaust become a cat-and-mouse metaphor in this graphic novel by Art Spiegelman.

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The Translator

A Sudanese woman adjusts to life in Aberdeen in this touching novel about exile and friendship by Leila Aboulela.

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