Books

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‘Epoch-making’ paper on importance of handwashing goes to auction
A scientific journal covering a Hungarian doctor’s discovery is up for sale, alongside a letter from Edward Jenner, apologising for a delay in vaccine supply

Alison Flood

08, Apr, 2021 @1:40 PM

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The Adventures of Miss Barbara Pym by Paula Byrne – the ‘modern Jane Austen’?
This excellent cradle-to-grave biography of a much loved novelist who goes in and out of fashion captures her alarming habits and tormented love affairs

Kathryn Hughes

08, Apr, 2021 @6:30 AM

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Jordan Peterson ‘shocked’ by Captain America villain Red Skull espousing ‘10 rules for life’
Ta-Nehisi Coates’s new comic sees Red Skull mobilising young men against ‘the feminist trap’ and other Petersonian targets

Alison Flood

07, Apr, 2021 @11:19 PM

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Granta names world’s best young Spanish-language writers
List celebrating authors under-35 includes Cubans for first time and more authors of colour

Sam Jones in Madrid

07, Apr, 2021 @6:47 PM

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Women’s prize condemns online attack on trans nominee Torrey Peters
Open letter had claimed that the longlisting of the Detransition, Baby author signalled that female writers were unworthy of their own prize

Sian Cain

07, Apr, 2021 @4:51 PM

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In Memory of Memory by Maria Stepanova review – a family history
A compendious family scrapbook that tells the story of a turbulent century of Russian life

Tessa Hadley

07, Apr, 2021 @11:00 AM

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‘This is not an easy treasure hunt’: puzzle book offers readers chance to win €750,000 golden casket
Clues in The Golden Treasure of the Entente Cordiale could lead readers in the UK and France to a historic treasure presented by Britain to the French president in 1903

Alison Flood

07, Apr, 2021 @11:00 AM

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The Dangers of Smoking in Bed by Mariana Enríquez review – unsettling tales
A gripping collection that draws on the Argentinian military dictatorship to mix daylight horrors with supernatural shocks

Chris Power

07, Apr, 2021 @8:00 AM

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The Passenger by Ulrich Alexander Boschwitz review – on the run in Nazi Germany
Eighty years on, this uncannily prescient tale of a Jewish businessman, forever travelling but going nowhere, is part John Buchan, part Franz Kafka

Jonathan Freedland

07, Apr, 2021 @6:30 AM

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Gabriel Pearson obituary
Other lives: Teacher of literature who was instrumental in the creation of what became the New Left Review

Caspar Pearson

06, Apr, 2021 @5:29 PM

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Words of wisdom for teenage girls | Brief letters
Brief letters: Teen fiction | Boris Johnson | Conservative dentist | Schitt’s Creek | First swallows

Letters

06, Apr, 2021 @4:26 PM

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Sharp rise in parents seeking to ban anti-racist books in US schools
The American Library Association’s annual Top 10 ‘most challenged’ books is usually dominated by LGBTQ+ reading, but 2020 registered other anxieties

Alison Flood

06, Apr, 2021 @12:01 PM

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