Watergate review – why the grisliest true crime ever still resonates

Charles Ferguson’s riveting four-hour documentary picks over Nixon’s squalid and pointless burglary – and the lessons still to be learned

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The best recent crime novels – review roundup

Give Me Your hand by Megan Abbott, A Noise Downstairs by Linwood Barclay, Take Me In by Sabine Durrant, City of Sinners by AA Dhand and Sticks and Stones by Jo Jakeman

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The best recent crime novels – review roundup

This Is What Happened by Mick Herron, The Blood Road by Stuart MacBride, The Quaker by Liam McIlvanney, The Poison Bed by EC Fremantle and A Shot in the Dark by Lynne Truss

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Akram Khan: Xenos review – a work of defining greatness

Sadler’s Wells, London
Khan’s final solo performance, as an Indian ex-soldier reliving the horror of the trenches, is a dazzling test of endurance

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The One Who Wrote Destiny by Nikesh Shukla review – funny and fascinating

This tale about a British-Asian family tackles trauma and intergenerational relationships with wit and wisdom

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Indian Summer School review – five terrible teens are sent to India’s equivalent of Eton

It’s really about tossing some lazy kids way out of their comfort zone and hoping for tantrums, tears and entertaining bad behaviour

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Womadelaide 2018: all singing, all dancing festival of joy

Crowds delight in extraordinary range of talent, colour and atmosphere in botanic gardens
Highlights from the festival – in pictures
• Dustyesky review – Russian folk songs and accent comedy

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Adelaide fringe festival: Fleabag, the Manchester club scene and a glittery clitoris

An underwater music show, an 80s dance party and a sparkle-enhanced anatomy lesson are among the gems on offer

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New Zealand festival: ‘guided by the stars’, Aotearoa remembers its voyaging past

In Wellington a fleet of Māori waka open the festivities, which also feature a ballet take on The Piano and a staging of Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises

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Pad Man review – one man’s life-affirming crusade for women

The tale of one man’s mission to bring sanitary towels to millions in India gets the Bollywood treatment

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Civilization: A New Dawn brings the empire-building video game to your dinner table

The revered game of clashing cultures gets a slick, strategic board-game adaptation – and we look at two family-friendly new releases.

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The Beautiful Cure by Daniel M Davis review – how our immune system has shaped world history

A terrific book by a consummate storyteller and scientific expert considers the past and future of the body’s ability to fight disease and heal itself

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Padmaavat review – Indian drama that sparked riots is a fabulous tale of love and plunder

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s extravagant medieval epic, which has been the subject of controversy in its home country, makes for a gloriously stirring spectacle

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