Books

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Ferdinand Mount: ‘You couldn’t not be frightened of Margaret Thatcher!’
The literary editor and novelist on his timely novel exploring the dark arts of the political class

Rachel Cooke

12, Sep, 2021 @11:00 AM

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The Letters of TS Eliot Volume 9: 1939-1941 review – of poetry and purgatives
Culinary delights, bodily fluids and finding financial security in cats feature in a 1,000-page volume that inches just two years further into the poet’s correspondence

Peter Conrad

12, Sep, 2021 @10:00 AM

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The spy writer who held a grudge against Le Carré comes in from the cold
Willem Frederik Hermans thought the Briton’s famous book was based on his. Now one of his best works is coming out in the UK

Dalya Alberge

12, Sep, 2021 @10:00 AM

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All In: An Autobiography by Billie Jean King review – a true gamechanger
The tennis superstar and first openly lesbian professional writes candidly about a career that led the way for women’s sports as we know them

Tim Adams

12, Sep, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Broken Heartlands by Sebastian Payne review – a tour of the red wall’s ruins
The Gateshead-born journalist toured former left strongholds, talking to politicians and local people, to write this illuminating study of a seismic shift in British politics

Julian Coman

12, Sep, 2021 @6:00 AM

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‘Kids need two things – love and education’: how Ian Wright and Musa Okwonga are inspiring young people through fiction
The football star, with help from the author, has turned his experiences of triumph over adversity into a novel for pre-teens, Here the friends discuss fathers, racism and the redemptive power of sport

Tim Adams

12, Sep, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Travels with George review: Washington, America’s original sin … and its divided present
In what seems a valedictory to his work on the American revolution, Nathaniel Philbrick considers the legacy of the first president – and of slavery

John S Gardner

12, Sep, 2021 @5:16 AM

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Lauren Groff: ‘I often get very lonely because my job is very lonely’
The author of Fates and Furies on being endorsed by Barack Obama, the climate crisis and discovering medieval humour for a new novel about 12th-century poet Marie de France

Johanna Thomas-Corr

11, Sep, 2021 @5:00 PM

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Twenty years on from 9/11, is US democracy working?
From 9/11 to the storming of the Capitol, a new book by Biden biographer Evan Osnos covers a tumultuous period of US history. He talks to David Smith about Trump, Afghanistan and the beginning of a new era

David Smith in Washington

11, Sep, 2021 @10:00 AM

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On the Cusp: Days of ’62 by David Kynaston review – dizzyingly varied
Kynaston’s impressive history of Britain comes to the year 1962, when Harold Macmillan pulled out the long knives and the Beatles released ‘Love Me Do’

Nicholas Wroe

11, Sep, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Malorie Blackman: ‘Hope is the spark’
Malorie Blackman, the former children’s laureate, talks to Sian Cain about finishing her Noughts & Crosses series after 20 years, being namechecked by Stormzy and what inspired her to keep going through years of rejection

Sian Cain

11, Sep, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Susanna Clarke: ‘I’d really ceased to think of myself as a writer’
The author on how the celebration of solitude in her Women’s prize-winning new novel, Piranesi, grew from her experience of a long illness

Lisa Allardice

11, Sep, 2021 @7:30 AM

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