Books

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Lewis Minkin obituary
Scholar of the Labour party, its constituent trade unions and how they voted at the annual conference

David Howell

05, Apr, 2021 @5:19 PM

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Beverly Cleary obituary
Children’s writer who drew on her experience of growing up in Portland, Oregon, for her Ramona books

Julia Eccleshare

05, Apr, 2021 @11:55 AM

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Poem of the week: Think, now, whose hand … by Patricia McCarthy
This work moves beyond its immediate inspiration, the coronavirus pandemic, to tell a more universal story

Carol Rumens

05, Apr, 2021 @11:00 AM

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Dreamland by Rosa Rankin-Gee review – seat-edge tension in Margate
A former Londoner and her family fight for survival in the seaside town of the future in a sparkling apocalyptic novel

Hephzibah Anderson

05, Apr, 2021 @8:00 AM

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From sisterly love to frenemies: the best female friendships in books
Whether it is Vera Brittain or Elena Ferrante, women’s relationships have provided succour in troubled times, writes Lucy Jago

Lucy Jago

05, Apr, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Come Join Our Disease by Sam Byers review – gloriously nauseating
The faddish desires and moral certainties of modern life are dealt a hefty blow in this bold, unflinching novel about a true nihilist

Jonathan Myerson

05, Apr, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Adam Zagajewski obituary
Poet and leading voice of Poland’s Generation of ’68, who wrote ‘to understand the world’

Katarzyna Zechenter

04, Apr, 2021 @4:16 PM

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In brief: Howul: A Life's Journey; Revolutions; Thinking Again – reviews
David Shannon’s prose shines with sweet innocence, women cycle their way to freedom, and Jan Morris’s spry memoir captures the later days of an incredible life

Ben East

04, Apr, 2021 @12:00 PM

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Henry 'Chips' Channon: The Diaries 1918-38 review – priceless interwar gossip
Editor Simon Heffer brings us the first, sensationally unexpurgated volume of the musings of the Chicago-born socialite and social climber

Anthony Quinn

04, Apr, 2021 @10:00 AM

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Raceless; Brown Baby reviews – meditations on racial identity
Georgina Lawton recalls her search for the truth about her heritage, while Nikesh Shukla examines the trials of parenting in a racist world and coming to terms with his mother’s death

Kadish Morris

04, Apr, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Gay, communist, female: why MI5 blacklisted the poet Valentine Ackland
A biography of the Dorset poet, who was a lover of the novelist Sylvia Townsend Warner, traces her struggle ‘to live as herself’

Vanessa Thorpe

04, Apr, 2021 @8:00 AM

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The Impossible Office?; The British Prime Minister in an Age of Upheaval reviews – power failures at No 10
Two timely books – by Anthony Seldon and Mark Garnett – make us think about what it takes to be a successful prime minister, and why so few have been up to the job

Andrew Rawnsley

04, Apr, 2021 @6:00 AM

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