Books

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Poem of the week: Montale’s Lemons by Ishion Hutchinson
An intense encounter with the light-filled verse of Eugenio Montale is complicated by more wintry feeling

Carol Rumens

15, Nov, 2021 @10:00 AM

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The Sinner and the Saint review – the story behind Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment
Kevin Birmingham’s clear and gripping new study of the Russian writer digs deep into the inspiration for Raskolnikov

Ian Thomson

15, Nov, 2021 @9:00 AM

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The big idea: are we really so polarised? | Dominic Packer and Jay Van Bavel
In many democracies the political chasm seems wider than ever. But emotion, not policies, may be what actually divides us

Dominic Packer and Jay Van Bavel

15, Nov, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Viral by Alina Chan and Matt Ridley review – was Covid-19 really made in China?
Two champions of ‘rigorous science’ fail to provide a shred of evidence that Covid-19 was engineered and leaked from a lab

Mark Honigsbaum

15, Nov, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Unstuck in Time: the Kurt Vonnegut documentary 40 years in the making
Robert Weide reached out to his literary idol at the age of 23 and four decades later, his film about their friendship is finally here

David Smith in Washington

15, Nov, 2021 @6:20 AM

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In brief: The Uncomfortable Truth About Racism; The Manningtree Witches; The City of Mist
An impassioned polemic from John Barnes; historical fiction with contemporary relevance; and a parting shot from Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Ben East

14, Nov, 2021 @4:00 PM

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Peaces by Helen Oyeyemi review – all aboard the mystery train
A couple’s romantic journey turns into a trip of a different sort in this dazzling if inscrutable novel

Hephzibah Anderson

14, Nov, 2021 @3:00 PM

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Wilbur Smith obituary
Bestselling author of adventure novels with African settings such as When the Lion Feeds and The Sunbird

Mike Ripley

14, Nov, 2021 @2:28 PM

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The Book of Emotions review – how does it feel?
Editor Edgar Gerrard Hughes’s volume of quizzes, ideas, tests and tricks is an amusing – and sometimes alarming – diversion

Kate Kellaway

14, Nov, 2021 @1:00 PM

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Things We Do Not Tell the People We Love by Huma Qureshi review – tales of everyday tragedy
Young women of Pakistani heritage struggle to connect with their partners and mothers in an evocative and striking collection

Holly Williams

14, Nov, 2021 @11:00 AM

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Swan Dive by Georgina Pazcoguin review – riveting exposé of the toxic world of ballet
Despite its sometimes puerile prose, the New York City Ballet soloist’s unflinching account of a rotten industry is as addictive as it is disturbing

Bidisha

14, Nov, 2021 @9:00 AM

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My Body by Emily Ratajkowski review – revelatory essays
Uncomfortable honesty from the model and actor in an examination of what it means to be paid for your beauty and the boundaries of power

Eva Wiseman

14, Nov, 2021 @7:00 AM

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