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Auction for Banksy artwork depicting MPs as chimpanzees 15 Sep 10:50am Auction for Banksy artwork depicting MPs as chimpanzees
Devolved Parliament expected to sell for £1.5m-£2m, potentially becoming most expensive Banksy sold Banksy’s withering view of the UK parliament, showing a Commons chamber packed full of chimpanzees, is to appear at auction for what could be a record amount of money. The artist painted Devolved Parliament in 2009, when the word Brexit would have baffled people.
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A Single Thread by Tracy Chevalier review – hidden hurts and secret longings 15 Sep 8:00am A Single Thread by Tracy Chevalier review – hidden hurts and secret longings
A thirtysomething spinster looks for purpose and companionship in a bittersweet evocation of Britain after the great warJust twice in Tracy Chevalier’s bittersweet new novel does its heroine, Violet Speedwell, think to herself: “I want to do that.” Her wishes are self-sacrificing enough: to embroider a kneeler in Winchester Cathedral and to ring its bells. Given that the year is 1932, the first is more easily realised than the second, yet both, in their way, are radical. Don’t be fooled by the ecclesiastical backdrop. For Violet, who lost first her fiance and then a brother to the trenches, God died in the great war. More than 16 years have since passed but only now, as a 38-year-old spinster, has she finally plucked up the nerve to leave behind her overbearing mother and their Southampton home and make a life of her own.
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