• Stage review: Bull at Maria, Young Vic – corporate Darwinism at its most brutal
“You thought that bad people like me would fall at the wayside and good people like you would triumph. Oops,” says guiltless Isobel.
• Book review: The Compatibility Gene – how the body spots friend and foe
"This book has something of a misleading title. It suggests something pre-ordained about our favoured sexual partners but the titular gene is related to tissues not human so hold on to your eHarmony account a little longer."
• Travel: Guernsey – how time has healed the wounds, 70 years on
"Less than a fortnight later the Government declared the Channel Islands were of no strategic importance and would not be defended. Thus 'without a shot being fired' and, to the chagrin of Churchill, British soil was surrendered to the Germans."
• Film review: Birdman – a delirious comedy of mid-life crisis
"In the most affecting (and accomplished) sequences, the delusionary Thomson breaks free from his mid-life crisis and takes to the skies, reminding himself of his youthful cloud-free certainties, now only available at the bottom of a bourbon bottle."