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Gladstone’s Library: a retreat for readers and writers

The vibrant residential library founded on the bequest of the former prime minister can be both productive and restorative, finds Emma Rees

Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, by Caryl Churchill

A staging of the 1647 Putney Debates poses inconvenient questions about political means and ends, says Liz Schafer

The seldom seen world of women without men

Films about female kinship and community are rare, precious exceptions to cinema’s enduring focus on groups of men, says Davina Quinlivan

Perhaps I’ll draw and you complete the story...

Anthony Trollope’s style is characterised by equivocation. How could Simon Grennan replicate this visually in a graphic novel adaptation?

Force Majeure, directed by Ruben Östlund

The repercussions of a man’s cowardice at a French ski resort entertain Duncan Wu in a most uncomfortable way

The Jew of Malta, by Christopher Marlowe

Justin Audibert’s sparkling production showcases the tragedy’s uneasy blend of offence and elation with just a hint of Tarantino, says Peter J. Smith

Love Bites: Caricatures by James Gillray

An exhibition of Georgian satirical prints is a timely study of the medium’s enduring power, finds Alexander Massouras

Joshua Reynolds: Experiments in Paint

An artist often portrayed as an orthodox portraitist is depicted as having an ‘unquenchable thirst’ for innovation and experiment, finds Shahidha Bari

Film

Film review: Timbuktu, directed by Abderrahmane Sissako

Timbuktu, directed by Abderrahmane Sissako

Murderous deeds in Islam’s name cannot exterminate love and courage in this moving Mali-set drama inspired by real events, writes Duncan Wu

Television

The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies

Roger Michell faced ethical as well as artistic issues in dramatising the vilification of an innocent eccentric questioned over a murder, he tells Richard Howells

Exhibitions

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Love Bites: Caricatures by James Gillray

An exhibition of Georgian satirical prints is a timely study of the medium’s enduring power, finds Alexander Massouras

Joshua Reynolds: Experiments in Paint

An artist often portrayed as an orthodox portraitist is depicted as having an ‘unquenchable thirst’ for innovation and experiment, finds Shahidha Bari

Potential Architecture: Ambika P3, London

Bold new works exemplify the ethos of a university’s unique underground experimental exhibition space

The Institute of Sexology, Wellcome Collection, London

The pioneers who examined human sexual desire took personal risks to uncover the realities of sex, this exhibition shows. Fern Riddell writes

Alibis: Sigmar Polke 1963-2010 at Tate Modern, London

The German artist critiqued Western ideals with humour and a sharp eye for their subjective nature, says Eliane Glaser

Anselm Kiefer at the Royal Academy: cataclysmic, transformational, stupendous

Alex Danchev on the artist’s extraordinary and formidable work

Disobedient Objects at the V&A: knit your own revolution

Shahidha Bari on a thoughtfully assembled tour of dissent in all its handcrafted, inflatable, gorilla-masked, badge-bedecked glory

Liverpool Biennial 2014

There’s much to enjoy at this year’s arts events, says Matthew Reisz, even if its central theme is a bit tenuous

Culture

Film review: Timbuktu, directed by Abderrahmane Sissako

Timbuktu, directed by Abderrahmane Sissako

Murderous deeds in Islam’s name cannot exterminate love and courage in this moving Mali-set drama inspired by real events, writes Duncan Wu

‘Everything in the world is about sex’

Twenty-five years after its publication, Camille Paglia’s Sexual Personae is still an energising ‘cultural bible’

Most commented

Black scholar at UCL claims that he lost out on a permanent job after his proposed course ‘scared’ the academy

Sussex researcher speaks of ‘disbelief’ at comments over paper on gender bias

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Is there a way for the two tribes to rub along? An academic and an administrator consider the rules of engagement

London centre that hosts Moodle environment affected

Diana Beech explains why her choice at the ballot box was an act of defiance against other academics