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The Sisters Mao review – dazzlingly ambitious yet modestly human
Gavin McCrea’s second novel juxtaposes revolutionaries in London and China as it explores the roles of art and motherhood in communism

Lara Feigel

16, Sep, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Listen by Kathryn Mannix review – a wise guide to finding the right words
From adoption to sexuality, early pregnancy to death, a palliative care doctor explores the discussions we often try to avoid

Joanna Cannon

16, Sep, 2021 @6:30 AM

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Newly discovered Tennessee Williams story published for the first time
The 1952 work by the Streetcar Named Desire playwright was found in Harvard University’s archives

Alison Flood

15, Sep, 2021 @11:35 AM

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Top 10 books about lies and liars | Aja Raden
The untruths we believe in all to easily drive books by authors from Shakespeare to F Scott Fitzgerald and Neil Gaiman

Aja Raden

15, Sep, 2021 @11:00 AM

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Index, a History of the by Dennis Duncan review – a delightfully readable A to Z
Can a good index be compiled by computer software, or is there an art to this overlooked endeavour?

Keith Kahn-Harris

15, Sep, 2021 @10:00 AM

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Exponential by Azeem Azhar review – bridging the technology gap
A bullish survey of AI, biotech, renewable energy and more explains how change is leaving us behind, and what we can do about it

PD Smith

15, Sep, 2021 @8:00 AM

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A Calling for Charlie Barnes review – tragicomedy of the American Dream
Joshua Ferris’s story of a fraud, fool and faithless husband narrated by his novelist son is funny, moving – and surprising

Sam Leith

15, Sep, 2021 @6:30 AM

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Top general feared Trump would launch nuclear war, Woodward book reports
General Milley worried about Trump’s ‘trigger point’ after the election and monitored him to prevent catastrophic military strike

Martin Pengelly in New York

14, Sep, 2021 @5:13 PM

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Analysis: the 2021 Booker shortlist tunes in to the worries of our age
Alex Clark weighs up the urgent concerns of the six novels in the running for Britain’s most prestigious fiction award

Alex Clark

14, Sep, 2021 @4:28 PM

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Nadifa Mohamed is sole British writer to make Booker prize shortlist
The author of The Fortune Men will now compete with five other novelists from South Africa, Sri Lanka and the US for the 2021 award

Alison Flood

14, Sep, 2021 @3:25 PM

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Sally Rooney’s Beautiful World, Where Are You tops UK book charts
In its first week on sale, Rooney’s new novel has outsold Jamie Oliver and beaten day-one sales of her previous book Normal People by 1,200% at Waterstones

Alison Flood

14, Sep, 2021 @2:20 PM

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Rebecca & Lucie in the Case of the Missing Neighbor by Pascal Girard review – postpartum PI
The fierce love and deathly boredom of maternity leave is addressed playfully in a delightful mystery for adults and kids

Rachel Cooke

14, Sep, 2021 @8:00 AM

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