WARHOLA

  Andy Warhol was born Andrew Warhola in 1928 to Slovak immigrant parents in Pittsburgh, USA. How a working-class boy came to anatomize his country in a handful of defining images (car crashes, race riots, electric chairs) is the subject of this huge and scrupulously researched biography by Blake Gopnik. At almost 1000 pages, Warhol: A Life as Art makes …

THE LADY MACBETH OF ALBANIA IS DEAD

    To her enemies, Nexhmije Hoxha, who has died aged 99, was known as the Lady Macbeth of Albania, the sinister hidden hand in the 40-year Stalinist regime headed by her husband, Enver Hoxha, until his death in 1985. Towards the end of the regime, when Enver was virtually crippled with diabetes, Nexhmije is believed to have orchestrated single-handedly …