All That Is by James Salter, and the Iraq War

The acclaimed US novelist James Salter is often described as "the writer's writer". He's now written his first novel in 30 years, at the age of 87: All That Is. Will his exquisite prose work for readers as well as writers?

Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar has just won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama in America. A play about ambition, culture and faith set in New York, its topicality is undeniable. Now it opens at the Bush Theatre in London with Hari Dhillon and Kirsty Bushell.

Michael Landy has been associate artist at the National Gallery for two years. His new exhibition of extraordinary kinetic sculptures of saints, Saints Alive, has been inspired by what he's seen there.

The Iraq War is a series of 3 films made by Norma Percy and Brian Lapping. As before in their work, they've managed to persuade nearly all of the major players in the conflict to talk on camera, often sharing thoughts for the first time.

And Something in the Air is the director Olivier Assayas' film set in the early 70s in the aftermath of what happened in France in May 1968. He's said it started with autobiographical anecdotes but wants it to mean something broader. Has he succeeded?

The writers Tom Holland and Naomi Alderman and the anthropologist Kit Davis join Tom Sutcliffe.

Producer: Sarah Johnson.

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Sat 25 May 2013 19:15


Disgraced continues at Bush Theatre, London, until 29 June 2013.

Something in the Air

Something in the Air is in cinemas in key cities, certificate 15.

The Iraq War

The Iraq War begins on Wednesday 29 June 2013, on BBC Two.

All That Is

All That Is by James Salter is published by Macmillan.

Michael Landy: Saints Alive

Michael Landy: Saints Alive continues at The National Gallery, London until 24 November 2013.