Books

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Poem of the week: Homesick by Hugo Williams
As a patient in a British hospital, the poet observes nursing staff from overseas who may be longing for home as much as he is

Carol Rumens

29, Nov, 2021 @10:08 AM

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The Falling Thread by Adam O’Riordan review – stately family saga
This poised, Jamesian debut novel about a Manchester family in the lead up to the first world war is a masterclass in detail and atmosphere

Alex Preston

29, Nov, 2021 @9:00 AM

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The big idea: Should we worry about artificial intelligence?
Could AI turn on us, or is natural stupidity a greater threat to humanity?

Steven Poole

29, Nov, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Daring to Hope by Sheila Rowbotham review – on the frontline of 70s feminism
The historian recounts her fight for liberation in a memoir that underlines her radical credentials and her refusal to forsake utopia

Yvonne Roberts

29, Nov, 2021 @7:00 AM

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In brief: 1922: Scenes from a Turbulent Year; The Retreat; Greenlights – reviews
A breakneck account of events a century past, a thriller set in an artists’ retreat, and actor Matthew McConaughey’s winning memoir

Alexander Larman

28, Nov, 2021 @4:00 PM

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A Ghost in the Throat by Doireann Ní Ghríofa review – incandescent treasures
In this dazzling prose debut, the poet presents a reimagining of 18th-century life entwined with her own existence

Hephzibah Anderson

28, Nov, 2021 @3:00 PM

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Empire of Pain by Patrick Radden Keefe review – all the moral power of a Victorian novel
This prizewinning account of a band of brothers who struck gold with the opioid OxyContin is a masterfully told story of corruption and greed

Andrew Anthony

28, Nov, 2021 @1:00 PM

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Greek Myths: A New Retelling by Charlotte Higgins; Medusa: The Girl Behind the Myth by Jessie Burton – review
Weaving women and goddesses burst into life in two compelling new versions of the Greek myths

Hephzibah Anderson

28, Nov, 2021 @11:00 AM

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The Gate to China by Michael Sheridan; The World According to China by Elizabeth C Economy – review
Two authoritative books reveal Hong Kong’s role in reviving China’s economic fortunes and Beijing’s attempts to impose its will abroad

Isabel Hilton

28, Nov, 2021 @9:00 AM

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Betrayal: The Final Act of the Trump Show by Jonathan Karl review – a tyrant’s last stand
The ABC News correspondent offers a sobering glimpse of a man unfit to govern and the chaos wreaked by an ego unable to grasp its own ineptitude

Peter Conrad

28, Nov, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Lydia Davis: ‘I write it the way I want to write it’
The author on flash fiction, translation as a route to creativity, and why we need to prioritise the climate crisis over ‘business as usual with writing’

Anthony Cummins

27, Nov, 2021 @6:00 PM

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Cain’s Jawbone: how crime novel’s puzzling plot still keeps us guessing
In 87 years, only four readers have solved the fiendish murder mystery devised by former Observer crossword setter Edward Powys Mathers

Andrew Anthony

27, Nov, 2021 @4:00 PM

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