Books

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Wole Soyinka: ‘This book is my gift to Nigeria’
The Nobel laureate has produced plays, poems, essays and even inspired a pop duo but he hasn’t written a novel for nearly half a century - until now

Chibundu Onuzo

25, Sep, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Dinner Party: A Tragedy by Sarah Gilmartin review – family’s subtle poison
A finely observed Irish debut about a monstrous mother and dysfunctional siblings

Shahidha Bari

25, Sep, 2021 @8:00 AM

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My Secret Brexit Diary by Michel Barnier review – a British roasting
The EU’s chief negotiator found his UK counterparts bizarrely unfocused during the long haul to fix a Brexit deal – and believes they still don’t know what they’ve done

Jonathan Powell

25, Sep, 2021 @6:30 AM

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The Cause: a history of the American revolution for our own troubled time
In his new work on 1776 and all that, Joseph Ellis sees the roots of anti-government intransigence and conspiracy theories

John S Gardner

25, Sep, 2021 @5:00 AM

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Children’s books roundup – the best new picture books and novels
Foxes on the run; a feathered detective; the rescue of the Titanic; plus the best new YA novels

Imogen Russell Williams

24, Sep, 2021 @11:00 AM

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A Hunter-Gatherer’s Guide to the 21st Century review – self-help laced with pseudoscience
Heather Heying and Bret Weinstein attempt to show how human nature is at odds with modern society, but their science, and style, grates

Stuart Ritchie

24, Sep, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr review – a joyous epic of love and survival
The Pulitzer winner follows an ancient text from the siege of Constantinople to a spaceship escaping the ruined Earth

Elizabeth Knox

24, Sep, 2021 @6:30 AM

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Muslim Australian writers have a lot to say. Our books ought to be as common as Vegemite
Muslim writers are defined by the urge to share what is good and beneficial, but we are frequently rejected by mainstream publishers

Ozge Sevindik Alkan, Aksen Ilhan and Annie McCann

24, Sep, 2021 @3:54 AM

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Corporal Hitler’s Pistol by Tom Keneally review – a rollicking historical crime thriller
Set in his home town amid the traumas of the interwar period, the first-rate storyteller draws on experience and folklore in his 35th novel

Susan Wyndham

23, Sep, 2021 @5:30 PM

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Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead review – a delicious heist novel
The double Pulitzer winner turns to crime with a tale of 1960s New York gangsters, rendered with superbly observed, affectionate, page-turning brio

Ian Williams

23, Sep, 2021 @8:00 AM

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‘I Know Who Caused Covid-19’ review – the global blame game
Zhou Xun and Sander Gilman show how fear and poor terminology have fuelled racial prejudice during the pandemic

Devi Sridhar

23, Sep, 2021 @6:30 AM

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When the librarian’s on the wrong page | Brief letters
Brief letters: Nuptials | Religion | Mumbo jumbo | Horror | Civilisation | Swimming

Letters

22, Sep, 2021 @3:44 PM

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