She was, perhaps, the greatest jazz singer of them all, a remarkable performer whose versions of the Great American Songbook, and in particular the works of Cole Porter, have never been bettered.
She was born Myra Ellen Amos on August 22, 1963, in North Carolina. In 2004, by then long since re-imagined as the queen of kook rock Tori Amos, she was asked by Q magazine what was wrong with being called Myra Ellen. (She changed it when she was 20.) Her reply was typically Tori.
By week two I was heartily sick of reading that Shakespeare wrote King Lear while in quarantine. His quill must have been worn down to its last scrappy feather, as he supposedly also used the time to come up with both Macbeth and Antony and Cleopatra.
Hilary Mantel's The Mirror and the Light was set to be the big British release of the summer - until it was knocked off the top spot of the Sunday Times bestseller list last month by The Eve Illusion, the second instalment in a young adult fantasy series from Tom Fletcher, of the pop band McFly, and his wife, Giovanna, author and host of the Happy Mum, Happy Baby podcast.
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In the Academy, the top school for the Capitol's elite, 24 bright young things compete for a scholarship to the University. The ambitious Coriolanus Snow can't afford to lose this one. His family, one of the oldest in the Capitol, has fallen on hard times since the death of his parents, and with property taxes rising, this is his only chance for an expensive university education.
In the cesspits of the internet, men's rights activists and white supremacists have been ranting for years about their "red pill moment". Initially a reference from The Matrix, this has been warped to mean the instance when misogynists realise the world is apparently biased in favour of women.