How crime fiction murdered its competition

This month’s Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival celebrates a genre that is outselling its literary rivals

10 films to see this summer

Featuring an Incredibles comeback, Jason Statham fighting a mega-shark and Spike Lee’s KKK comedy

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Edinburgh Festival 2018: Comedy shows to book now

Natalie Palamides, Dylan Moran and Arthur Smith are among the acts to catch at this year’s Fringe

Sir Peter Blake interview: ‘I’m a jobbing artist, a journeyman’

The Pop Art pioneer chats to William Cook about childhood, the importance of drawing and teaching Ian Dury

It’s time young women stopped being so nice to each other

The Love Island generation has been infantilised by social media – and their lame ‘girl code’ is the result

What does it take to get a horse to Royal Ascot?

Camilla Swift visits Andrew Balding’s Park House Stables in the build up to the famous meeting

The art that got away

Throughout history, masterpieces have been stolen or destroyed, but it’s the ones that vanish which hold a special fascination

My ‘Cat Person’ memories

The hit New Yorker story reassured me I was not alone in making bad decisions about who to sleep with

Horrible bosses, not just sexual abusers, are on the run in Hollywood

The #MeToo movement has a new abuser in its sights: the studio screamer

The portrait that Churchill couldn’t face

When Graham Sutherland’s painting was unveiled in 1954, it was dismissed as ‘filthy’ by its illustrious subject

Eddie Marsan: The unsung anti-hero

Why does one of our most in-demand actors always play the villain? Lloyd Evans asks him

‘Harth’, by Amba Sayal-Bennett, courtesy of Carbon 12

The new exhibitionists

Some of art’s biggest names on the rising stars to look out for in 2018

An English gent is getting greyhound racing back on track

With dog tracks closing across the country, Lord Hesketh is on a mission to revive the sport

A trivial history of the World Cup

From the physio who had to be stretchered off to Gary Lineker’s unfortunate accident

Five films to see at Sheffield Doc/Fest

What to watch at this year’s edition of the long-running documentary festival

Why you are never too old for online dating

Dating tips for the over-50s courtesy of expert Kate Taylor

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018: in pictures

Highlights from this year’s celebration of beautiful blooms and innovative gardens

Jeune Femme review: A young woman to be reckoned with

Laetitia Dosch excels in this superb Paris-set character study

Don’t worry Meghan, it doesn’t matter who walks you down the aisle

My father skipped my wedding – and it wasn’t the end of the world

Music review: The Belcea Quartet at Menuhin Hall

Mozart, Janáček and Mendelssohn performed to perfection

Royal wedding: Prince Harry and Meghan should be wary of a transatlantic culture clash

From the best man’s speech to sentimental sing-alongs, somethings might get lost in translation on the big day

London Craft Week 2018: The best of British design

Highlights from this year’s celebration of homegrown craftsmanship

Five literary ballets to book ahead for

From a graceful Jane Eyre to dancing musketeers

In pictures: Spectator Life’s sixth birthday party

Prue Leith, Mary Killen and Piers Morgan were among the guests at The Hari hotel