Books

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The Falling Thread by Adam O’Riordan review – deeply satisfying
The poet’s debut novel follows the drama-filled lives of three siblings in Manchester, in the lead up to the first world war

Nicholas Wroe

05, Nov, 2021 @7:30 AM

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Devotion by Hannah Kent review – historic queer love story overwhelmed by solemn ecstasy
While Devotion skims over its knottier racial issues, Kent’s fans will find a lot to savour in her lush and sensory third novel

Imogen Dewey

04, Nov, 2021 @4:30 PM

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Report shows fourfold rise in minority ethnic characters in UK children’s books
The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education welcomes steep increase in representation, but warns there are ‘no quick fixes’

Alison Flood

04, Nov, 2021 @2:36 PM

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The Selfless Act of Breathing by JJ Bola review – an existential roadtrip
This powerful if overwrought novel considers one man’s search for release from systemic racism

Michael Donkor

04, Nov, 2021 @11:00 AM

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The month’s best paperbacks: Mariah Carey, SJ Parris and more
Looking for a new reading recommendation? Here are some excellent new paperbacks, including the pop superstar’s fascinating autobiography, a history of the Louvre and a masterly poetry collection

04, Nov, 2021 @10:01 AM

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Licensed to thrill: Kim Sherwood set to ‘expand the James Bond universe’
Known for her debut novel Testament, the Ian Fleming fanatic has been approved to write new novels set in 007’s world but without the agent himself

Alison Flood and Lucy Knight

04, Nov, 2021 @9:49 AM

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The Retreat by Alison Moore review – a tale of two islands
A would-be artist and an aspiring writer seek seclusion, in haunting but underdeveloped reflections on creativity and escape

Alice Jolly

04, Nov, 2021 @9:00 AM

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Patient 1 by Charlotte Raven review – living with Huntington’s
The former journalist’s unsparing account of her life before and after the diagnosis of a rare neurodegenerative disease

Kathryn Hughes

04, Nov, 2021 @7:30 AM

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Damon Galgut’s layered feat of fiction is a clear Booker winner | Justine Jordan
The Promise, about a toxic family in a toxic society, feels like the book this author was born to write

Justine Jordan

03, Nov, 2021 @7:55 PM

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Damon Galgut wins Booker prize with ‘spectacular’ novel The Promise
The novelist takes the £50,000 prize with a ‘strong, unambiguous commentary on the history of South Africa and of humanity itself’

Alison Flood

03, Nov, 2021 @7:54 PM

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Senegal’s Mohamed Mbougar Sarr wins top French literary prize
Prix Goncourt goes to 31-year-old’s novel The Most Secret Memory of Men, praised for its ‘stunning energy’

Jon Henley in Paris

03, Nov, 2021 @3:58 PM

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Top 10 postmodern books
From opaque theory to giddily playful fiction by Chris Kraus and Salman Rushdie, the era that followed modernism is as much about politics as art

Stuart Jeffries

03, Nov, 2021 @12:00 PM

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