Books

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HarperCollins removes story from David Walliams’ book The World’s Worst Children
After criticism of the ‘casual racism’ of a story about a Chinese boy, the publisher has taken it out of the next print run of the bestselling anthology

Alison Flood

04, Oct, 2021 @12:03 PM

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Burntcoat by Sarah Hall review – sex on the eve of destruction
A sculptor recalls her fling with a restaurateur as the world succumbs to a deadly virus in Hall’s urgent lockdown tale

Anthony Cummins

04, Oct, 2021 @10:00 AM

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A Carnival of Snackery by David Sedaris review – a magpie with an eye for the absurd
The second volume of the American humorist’s diaries is full of his trademark wit but best consumed in small bites

John Self

04, Oct, 2021 @8:00 AM

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The big idea: does practice make perfect?
Prodigies such as Emma Raducanu spend thousands of hours honing their skills, but could anyone deliver a world-class performance with enough dedication?

Steven Poole

04, Oct, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Rationality by Steven Pinker review – it all stands to reason
The cognitive psychologist makes perfect sense in his defence of rational thinking and why our brains often lead us astray

Andrew Anthony

04, Oct, 2021 @6:00 AM

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In brief: Love & Deception: Philby in Beirut; The Tale of the Tailor and the Three Dead Kings; Ghosts of the West – reviews
A fresh take on the Kim Philby saga, a chilling retelling of a medieval tale and the third of Alec Marsh’s colourful mysteries

Alexander Larman

03, Oct, 2021 @2:00 PM

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The Survivors by Alex Schulman review – bloody family reunion
The Swedish writer’s international debut novel uses a tricksy narrative structure to tackle the meeting of three brothers driven apart by tragedy

Stephanie Merritt

03, Oct, 2021 @12:00 PM

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Shutdown by Adam Tooze; After the Virus by Hilary Cooper and Simon Szreter – review
While Tooze brilliantly chronicles Covid-19’s impact on political thinking and our working lives, Cooper and Szreter identify the lessons we must learn from our forebears to rebuild

Will Hutton

03, Oct, 2021 @10:00 AM

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‘My relationship with Simone de Beauvoir was unique. It cannot be reproduced. It was love’
As an autobiographical novel by the writer is published for the first time in English, her adopted daughter Sylvie Le Bon de Beauvoir talks about their bond

Kim Willsher

03, Oct, 2021 @9:00 AM

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Dave and Goliath: maverick writer Eggers makes a stand against Amazon
The author likes small bookshops. So he won’t let the online giant sell his new hardback

Vanessa Thorpe & Edward Helmore in New York

03, Oct, 2021 @8:00 AM

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The Contrarian review - inside the strange world of PayPal founder Peter Thiel
Max Chafkin’s thorough study of the tech titan reveals a man with his eye on the main chance, rather than a visionary

John Naughton

03, Oct, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Akala, Bernardine Evaristo, Ben Okri and more pick 20 classic books by writers of colour
Twenty contemporary writers recommend overlooked novels, essays and poetry that deserve to sit alongside the classics on our bookshelves

Kadish Morris

03, Oct, 2021 @7:00 AM

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