Books

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Franz Kafka drawings reveal ‘sunny’ side to bleak Bohemian novelist
Surreal drawings by author of The Trial – which he demanded be burnt after his death – to be published

Philip Oltermann

29, Oct, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Greek Myths: A New Retelling by Charlotte Higgins review – gloriously interwoven tales
The classical stories of eight weaving women are depicted on their looms’ warp and weft in this thoughtful, dazzlingly illustrated collection

Edith Hall

29, Oct, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Skin by Sergio del Molino review – a meditation on psoriasis and the psyche
A sufferer writes about how the skin condition affected figures as diverse as Joseph Stalin, John Updike and Cyndi Lauper

Houman Barekat

29, Oct, 2021 @6:30 AM

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John Hitchin obituary
Other lives: Publisher and bookseller who became Penguin retail director and president of the Booksellers Association

Megan Hitchin

28, Oct, 2021 @7:33 PM

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7½ by Christos Tsiolkas review – sumptuous but unsettling autofiction that eschews the political
Responding to rolling catastrophes, the Australian author turns inwards, with a celebration of eroticism and beauty that occasionally undermines itself

Fiona Wright

28, Oct, 2021 @4:30 PM

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Top 10 books about neocolonialism | Susan Williams
Decades of economic imperialism and conditional aid have inspired authors from Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o to Graham Greene to explore insidious western control

Susan Williams

28, Oct, 2021 @3:18 PM

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Free by Lea Ypi review – a memoir of life amid the collapse of communism
The Albanian academic describes coming of age at a turning point in history, and the family secrets exposed in its aftermath

Stuart Jeffries

28, Oct, 2021 @10:00 AM

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Cosy crime and Greek myth retellings: the Waterstones book of the year shortlist
Janice Hallett’s murder mystery has pipped Richard Osman to a spot on the bookseller’s list

Alison Flood

28, Oct, 2021 @9:01 AM

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Harlots, Whores and Hackabouts by Kate Lister review – a history of sex for sale
A study of the sex industry from ancient China to New Orleans’s red light district is undermined by its own salaciousness

Kathryn Hughes

28, Oct, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Life Without Children by Roddy Doyle review – stories about lockdown and loss
Tender and humorous tales explore our need for connections with others in a world made strange by Covid

Katy Guest

28, Oct, 2021 @6:30 AM

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The Earthspinner by Anuradha Roy – love, loss and longing
The story of a Hindu potter’s love for a Muslim girl is full of myth, history and the chance to turn earth into something new

Sana Goyal

27, Oct, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Black Paper by Teju Cole review – a spark of hope in dark times
From Caravaggio to Edward Said and Black Panther, this astonishing collection of essays explores art, politics and belonging

Simukai Chigudu

27, Oct, 2021 @6:30 AM

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