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Putin: His Life and Times review – the collapse that shaped the man who would be tsar
Philip Short’s meticulous new biography forces us to look at Vladimir Putin’s most appalling acts from a Russian perspective

Angus Macqueen

03, Jul, 2022 @6:00 AM

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How to read: a guide to getting more out of the experience
Most of us can read, but is there a way to do it better? Faster? With more comprehension or even … joy?

Donna Lu

02, Jul, 2022 @8:00 PM

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A look under the bonnet: why our fascination with the Regency era endures
Whether it’s the new Persuasion adaptation or the counterfactuals of Bridgerton and, er, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, we just can’t seem to shake Jane Austen’s world of dances and drawing rooms

Charlotte Higgins

02, Jul, 2022 @10:55 AM

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‘My “sad girl” fans concern me’: Ottessa Moshfegh in conversation with Carmen Maria Machado
The author of My Year of Rest and Relaxation talks to fellow US writer about memoir v fiction, depicting tyrants and the power of fairytales

Alex Clark

02, Jul, 2022 @8:00 AM

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Denmark Vesey’s Bible review: searing history with lessons for a troubled America
The leader of a would-be South Carolina slave rebellion was hanged 200 years ago today. A new account is a must-read

Michael Henry Adams

02, Jul, 2022 @7:00 AM

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I’m Sorry You Feel that Way by Rebecca Wait review – family tragicomedy
An investigation into sibling dynamics, mental illness and intergenerational trauma, written with unusual clarity and wit

Ella Risbridger

02, Jul, 2022 @6:30 AM

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Maddie Mortimer wins the Desmond Elliott prize for Maps of Our Spectacular Bodies
The ‘sprawling and ambitious’ debut centres on the author’s relationship with her mother, who died of cancer in 2010

Sarah Shaffi

01, Jul, 2022 @6:59 PM

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The Paper Lantern by Will Burns audiobook review – a compelling contemplation of country life
Community, class and the proliferation of men called Pete at the pub are explored as we follow our narrator on his daily walks in the countryside

Fiona Sturges

01, Jul, 2022 @12:00 PM

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The best recent poetry – review roundup
Poukahangatus by Tayi Tibble; Rookie by Caroline Bird; One Language by Anastasia Taylor-Lind; Sonnets for Albert by Anthony Joseph; High Desert by André Naffis-Sahely

David Wheatley

01, Jul, 2022 @11:00 AM

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In Search of Us by Lucy Moore review – the first anthropologists, warts and all
The eccentric adventures, academic insights and many prejudices of 12 pioneering scholars

Fara Dabhoiwala

01, Jul, 2022 @6:30 AM

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Big Snake Little Snake by DBC Pierre review – like a pub conversation about life, fate and the universe
The Booker prize-winner continues to indulge himself in a rage against metrics – but after a couple of decades of choppy form, that’s not necessarily a bad thing

Imogen Dewey

30, Jun, 2022 @5:30 PM

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Dredd zone: the anarchic world of comic-book artist Steve Dillon
His groundbreaking work on such seminal characters as Judge Dredd, Preacher and Punisher is being celebrated with a posthumous show of his remarkable legacy

David Barnett

30, Jun, 2022 @1:00 PM

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