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Ali Smith wins Orwell prize for novel taking in Covid-19 and Brexit
Summer, written at speed last year, takes political fiction award while Joshua Yaffa’s Between Two Fires takes matching nonfiction honour

Alison Flood

25, Jun, 2021 @2:15 PM

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Dreaming of a better future? Ali Smith, Malcolm Gladwell and more on books to inspire change
As our thoughts turn to life after the pandemic, authors from this year’s Hay festival choose books that have inspired lasting change in them

Ali Smith, Malcolm Gladwell, Imbolo Mbue, Sathnam Sanghera, Alice Roberts, Guvna B, Horatio Clare, Val McDermid, Kehinde Andrews, Jon McGregor, Tahmima Anam, Nina Stibbe, Hafsa Zayyan, Maaza Mengiste, Monique Roffey, Peter Scott-Morgan, Hollie McNish, Mel Giedroyc and Maggie Shipstead

29, May, 2021 @7:00 AM

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This month’s best paperbacks: Richard Osman, International Booker nominees and more
Here are some outstanding new paperbacks for May, including Osman’s bestselling crime caper, Adam Buxton’s memoir and a fascinating study of eels

07, May, 2021 @12:29 PM

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Salman Rushdie and Bernardine Evaristo on shortlist for more diverse UK exam texts
OCR board asks teachers to vote on books to make A-level and GCSE English courses more inclusive

Richard Adams Education editor

01, May, 2021 @8:55 AM

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First trans woman makes Women's prize longlist, alongside Dawn French and Ali Smith
Torrey Peters among 16 finalists, with chair of judges Bernardine Evaristo lamenting lack of older writers

Alison Flood

10, Mar, 2021 @6:00 PM

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'I am a pessimistic optimist': Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie answers authors' questions
Named the ‘winner of winners’ of the Women’s prize, Bernardine Evaristo, Maggie O’Farrell and others ask the author about the #EndSars protests in Nigeria, writing about Trump, and the culture that got her through 2020

04, Dec, 2020 @9:00 AM

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Johnson urged to extend public's right to roam over English countryside
Letter signed by 100 people including Stephen Fry and Ali Smith points out freedom to roam only extends to 8% of country

Matthew Taylor

30, Nov, 2020 @11:11 AM

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He Who Must Not Be Named: why is Trump unnamed in so many books?
‘The dictator’, ‘this man’, ‘the president’ – over the last four years, authors have gone out of their way to avoid Trump’s name. But why?

Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett

23, Nov, 2020 @2:17 PM

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Summer by Ali Smith review – clear-sighted finale to a dazzling quartet
The last in Smith’s series of seasonal novels explores politics, pandemic and the possibility of forgiveness

Sara Collins

08, Aug, 2020 @6:30 AM

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The Covid novels are arriving. And they'll be a warning to future generations | Laura Spinney
We remember the horrors of the first world war but not the 1918 Spanish flu, which was mostly ignored by literature, says the author Laura Spinney

Laura Spinney

07, Aug, 2020 @12:00 PM

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Summer by Ali Smith review – a remarkable end to an extraordinary quartet
The last of Ali Smith’s seasonal series, a set of books that defines our fraught era, is also the first serious coronavirus novel

Alex Preston

02, Aug, 2020 @6:00 AM

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'The nearest to God we get': stars pick the Beethoven work they cherish
Ali Smith does an opus a month, Tony Hall saw Fidelio on Robben Island, and Lady Brenda Hale used to march to his Grosse Fuge. As the Proms celebrate Beethoven’s 250th anniversary, stars reveal a favourite work

Compiled by Imogen Tilden

16, Jul, 2020 @5:00 AM

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