Books

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The Morning Star by Karl Ove Knausgård review – bloated and inconsequential
His fondness for pulverising detail has always been divisive; here it fatally undermines his return to the novel

Sam Byers

01, Oct, 2021 @6:30 AM

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Warren Ellis on the performance that changed him: ‘The room transformed. I could see flames’
The Bad Seed and Dirty Three bandmember had a life-changing encounter with Nina Simone in 1999. At Guardian Australia’s monthly Zoom book club, he reflected on stealing her chewing gum – and its lingering significance

Michael Sun

01, Oct, 2021 @2:46 AM

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Bodies of Light by Jennifer Down review – remarkably empathetic tale of vulnerability
Down’s second novel solicits the kind of emotional investment in her protagonist that books like A Little Life or Shuggie Bain lobbied for

Declan Fry

30, Sep, 2021 @5:30 PM

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Geoengineering by Gernot Wagner review – a stark warning
Spraying aerosols into the atmosphere may be fraught with risk, but to dismiss it out of hand is irresponsible, a climate scientist argues

Bibi van der Zee

30, Sep, 2021 @10:00 AM

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Magpie by Elizabeth Day review – a clever thriller about baby hunger
Marisa moves into a seemingly perfect house with a seemingly perfect man – but a surprise is in store

Catherine Taylor

30, Sep, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Covid by Numbers review – how to make sense of the statistics
David Spiegelhalter and Anthony Masters delve into the detail behind the data and explore the true human cost of the pandemic

Oliver Johnson

30, Sep, 2021 @6:30 AM

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Guardian Australia’s Book Club: join Warren Ellis to discuss Nina Simone’s Gum
For this month’s Zoom book club, the acclaimed Australian musician will join us from his UK tour with Nick Cave to discuss his life, his career and his deeply original book with Andrew Stafford – and with you

Andrew Stafford

30, Sep, 2021 @5:21 AM

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Origin story of Dennis the Menace’s jumper to be revealed
To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Beano’s longest-running character, comic strip The Epic Yarn of Awesomeness will tell the garment’s backstory

Alison Flood

29, Sep, 2021 @11:01 PM

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Margaret Atwood and JM Coetzee demand release of jailed Iranian writers
A letter by PEN America, signed by dozens of high-profile writers and artistic figures, calls for Baktash Abtin, Keyvan Bajan, and Reza Khandan Mahabadi to be acquitted

Alison Flood

29, Sep, 2021 @4:17 PM

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Gerda Mayer obituary
Other lives: Poet who drew on her experiences as a child refugee from the Holocaust

David Plaice

29, Sep, 2021 @11:44 AM

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Top 10 books about human consciousness | Charles Foster
Authors from Carl Jung to Aldous Huxley and Susan Blackmore explore the deep mysteries of what it means to be a person

Charles Foster

29, Sep, 2021 @11:00 AM

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Palmares by Gayl Jones review – a long-awaited vision of freedom
Set in 17th-century Brazil, this wild and winding epic about a community of Africans who have escaped slavery is a revelation

Yara Rodrigues Fowler

29, Sep, 2021 @8:00 AM

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