Books

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Advance copies of Sally Rooney’s unpublished book sold for hundreds of dollars
Uncorrected proofs of upcoming novels have been selling for large sums on eBay and Depop – despite the practice being banned by publishers

Weronika Strzyżyńska

20, Aug, 2021 @12:47 PM

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The best recent crime and thrillers – review roundup
1979 by Val McDermid; A Narrow Door by Joanne Harris; The Turnout by Megan Abbott; Of Fangs and Talons by Nicolas Mathieu; 56 Days by Catherine Ryan Howard; and These Toxic Things by Rachel Howzell Hall

Laura Wilson

20, Aug, 2021 @11:00 AM

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Sarfraz Manzoor on how prejudice works both ways in British Muslim communities
The broadcaster and writer believes mutual respect between different cultures and faith groups in the UK is possible – he hopes his book will change views

Sirin Kale

20, Aug, 2021 @11:00 AM

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Frank Cottrell-Boyce: ‘I read Adrian Mole every year, it gets funnier each time’
The author and screenwriter on why Lord of the Flies is overrated, and the most beautiful words ever written

Frank Cottrell-Boyce

20, Aug, 2021 @9:00 AM

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This Dark Country by Rebecca Birrell review – Bloomsbury’s female artists
Whether painting apples or Staffordshire dogs, these British female artists saw a radical side to domestic life

Kathryn Hughes

20, Aug, 2021 @8:00 AM

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The Women of Troy by Pat Barker review – bleak and impressive
In the sequel to her Iliad retelling The Silence of the Girls, told from the perspective of captured queen Briseis, Barker moves on from war to its aftermath

Lucy Hughes-Hallett

20, Aug, 2021 @6:30 AM

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From Aristotle to Ariana Grande: the expanding meaning of ‘metaverse’
Fortnite virtual concerts are the latest sign of how the world is enjoying a ‘meta’ moment – one that has its origins in ancient Greek

Steven Poole

20, Aug, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Empires by Nick Earls review – a novel plea to pay attention to chance and history
A soldier figurine unites characters across history and culture in this provocative if sometimes uneven new work of fiction from the prolific Brisbane writer

Joseph Cummins

19, Aug, 2021 @5:30 PM

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Blank Pages by Bernard MacLaverty – stories from the far end of life
A matchless observer of human details returns with tales of bereavement and endurance

John Self

19, Aug, 2021 @11:00 AM

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The Right to Sex by Amia Srinivasan review – the politics of sexual attraction
A daring feminist collection considers pornography, desire and the boundaries within student-teacher relationships

Rafia Zakaria

19, Aug, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Red Knight by Michael Ashcroft – an unauthorised biography of Keir Starmer
A two-dimensional portrait of the Labour leader says more about its billionaire author than his subject

Zoe Williams

19, Aug, 2021 @6:30 AM

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Ted Cruz’s campaign may have spent $150,000 on copies of his book
Following One Vote Away’s publication, the Republican senator’s campaign spent large sums of money at US chain Books-A-Million

Alison Flood

18, Aug, 2021 @2:17 PM

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