The Radio 2 Arts Show with Claudia Winkleman
But Sheikha Al-Mayassa, who climbed the list after coming in 11th place last year, came first because of her “sheer buying power”, ArtReview said. The Museum of Islamic Art in Doha is pictured on April 8, 2007 (AFP Photo/Karim Jaafar) The QMA bought French post-impressionist Paul Cezanne’s masterpiece “The Card Players” for $250 million last year, making it the most expensive painting sold to date. “If and when Doha finds it has bought enough art, there’s going to be a hole in the market that no one else can fill,” ArtReview said. The wealthy Gulf state, which has just 1.5 million inhabitants, is trying to establish itself as the region’s cultural hub.
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Testament of Mary by Colm Toibin is published by Penguin, out now. 2. The Circle It imagines a time in the near future when all social media giants have merged into one enormous corporation: The Circle.This bookis 1984 written for the dot.com generation. Young Mae Holland, can’t believe her luck when a college friend lands her a job at The Circle but doesn’t embrace thecompany’s ethic and following an incident she is asked to go clearand wears a camera around her neck at all time so that a life can be led in complete transparency Sheencourages all people to live life in the open. Both a satire on the culture of the modern workplace, particularly those of the social media giants, and a dystopian portrait of where that culture is leading us, The Circle by Dave Eggers is published by Hamish Hamilton, available now 3.Crossing to Safety Thisbook follows the life of two couples from their early life as young academics all the way to the decline of their later years.Very little drama actually occurs barring one incident, which is central to the development of the book’s second half, the events which occur are largely of the everyday variety. Stegner manages to evoke the internal drama which his characters feel so deeply and which his readers will recognise so keenly.
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