Books

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The best children’s books of 2022
From a four-legged celebration of the seasons to a fiery tale of women who turn into dragons, our critics look back over the year and pick their favourite titles for children and young adults

Imogen Carter, Kitty Empire and Fiona Noble

04, Dec, 2022 @9:00 AM

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‘Our mission is crucial’: meet the warrior librarians of Ukraine
When Russia invaded Ukraine, a key part of its strategy was to destroy historic libraries in order to eradicate the Ukrainians’ sense of identity. But Putin hadn’t counted on the unbreakable spirit of the country’s librarians

Stephen Marche

04, Dec, 2022 @8:00 AM

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DeSantis and Pence lead Republican wave – of presidential campaign books
The GOP flopped in the midterms but its White House hopefuls still hope to find readers – and conservative group bulk-buyers

Martin Pengelly

04, Dec, 2022 @7:00 AM

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Between Friends: Letters of Vera Brittain and Winifred Holtby review – a strange sisterhood
The two writers’ correspondence is psychologically fascinating, revealing a complex friendship of intellectual striving, power play and passion

Rachel Cooke

04, Dec, 2022 @7:00 AM

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‘I love writing for children’: Emma Thompson and Axel Scheffler on their amazing shaggy dog story
The Oscar-winning actor and the Gruffalo illustrator have teamed up to create a tale about a scruffy hound. They discuss corgis, comic books and how their friendship began

Claire Armitstead

03, Dec, 2022 @6:00 PM

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Midwinter magic: Robert Macfarlane on the enduring power of The Dark Is Rising
Susan Cooper’s 1973 novel, newly adapted for a BBC audio series, has enthralled generations of children and writers with its folkloric tale of an English boy caught in a battle between light and dark

Robert Macfarlane

03, Dec, 2022 @2:00 PM

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The best crime and thriller books of 2022
Ajay Chowdhury and Ian Rankin are among the authors of this year’s standout novels, including cosy escapes, dodgy cops and a murder told backwards

Laura Wilson

03, Dec, 2022 @9:00 AM

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Five of the best science fiction and fantasy books of 2022
A deep space community, a compelling critique of empire, a UFO novel like no other and more

Adam Roberts

03, Dec, 2022 @9:00 AM

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Best science books of 2022
Preventing future pandemics, the secrets of the Higgs boson and the surprising roots of plastic surgery

Alok Jha

03, Dec, 2022 @9:00 AM

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The best food books of 2022
Memories of growing up in a takeaway, eulogies to pressure cookers and snacks, and the best of Jamaican and Indian cuisine

Rachel Roddy

03, Dec, 2022 @9:00 AM

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Five of the best sport books of 2022
A warning about brain damage, a fresh perspective on Geoffrey Boycott, and the rise and tragic demise of a great cyclist

Jonathan Liew

03, Dec, 2022 @9:00 AM

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The best comics and graphic novels of 2022
A pandemic stream-of‑consciousness, an artist in the making and a bird society on the moon are among this year’s favourites

James Smart

03, Dec, 2022 @9:00 AM

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