Books

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French Braid by Anne Tyler review – rifts and reunions in Robin’s nest
The author continues to deftly mine the tensions and resentments of family life with a tender and sprawling saga set across six tumultuous decades

Anthony Cummins

07, Mar, 2022 @7:00 AM

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A decent and fair Australia? The solution may lie in the old fashioned notion of community | Melissa Lucashenko
Writing about Julianne Schultz’s book on Australian identity, Melissa Lucashenko asks how we can change a nation where forgetting is essential

Melissa Lucashenko

06, Mar, 2022 @4:30 PM

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In brief: Cold Enough for Snow; The Magician; God Is Dead – reviews
A wistful, Tokyo-set novella, a dramatisation of the life of Thomas Mann and a compelling biography of a doomed Belgian cyclist

Ben East

06, Mar, 2022 @4:00 PM

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The Leviathan by Rosie Andrews review – a potent brew of civil war and witch trials
Mystery and fantasy weave a tangled web in this richly atmospheric debut novel set in turbulent 17th-century Norfolk

Stephanie Merritt

06, Mar, 2022 @3:00 PM

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When We Were Birds by Ayanna Lloyd Banwo review – a deeply satisfying debut
This spirited Trinidadian love story about a gravedigger and a medium has echoes of Dickens

Hephzibah Anderson

06, Mar, 2022 @1:00 PM

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Five of the best books about Russia and Ukraine
As Russia wages war, the historian Orlando Figes offers a guide to the literature that illuminates the tensions and the myths of the region

Orlando Figes

06, Mar, 2022 @11:00 AM

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True Story review – drama lessons from reality TV
A sociologist binge watches the genre that dominates the schedules. But do her findings ring true?

Peter Conrad

06, Mar, 2022 @9:00 AM

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Fantasy fans crowdfund record £17m for author Brandon Sanderson’s new novels
Bestselling writer insists he won’t forsake his publishers after dramatic overnight success on Kickstarter

David Barnett

06, Mar, 2022 @8:15 AM

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Nine Quarters of Jerusalem by Matthew Teller review – a new map of a contested city
The journalist and documentary-maker draws on interviews and millennia of history to challenge traditional models of Jerusalem’s Old City

Ian Black

06, Mar, 2022 @7:00 AM

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Take Up Space review: the irresistible rise of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
The New York congresswoman is the subject of an admiring biographical portrait. Love her or not, her story is impressive

Charles Kaiser

06, Mar, 2022 @7:00 AM

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Karen Joy Fowler: ‘I’m a bossy writer; I’m not going to not tell you’
The 2014 Booker nominee on her new novel about the family of Abraham Lincoln’s assassin, the ‘horrible secret’ of her sci-fi writing and her long period of despair

Anthony Cummins

05, Mar, 2022 @6:00 PM

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How Shirley Hughes explored the dramas of children’s lives in a changing world
The author and illustrator behind the Alfie and Dogger series thrilled parents and grandparents as well as the young, writes former children’s laureate Michael Rosen

Michael Rosen

05, Mar, 2022 @5:00 PM

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