Autobiography and memoir

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Notes on Grief by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie review – the malicious surprise
The author reflects on the loss of her father, mourned at a distance during the pandemic, in an exquisitely written tribute

Catherine Taylor

15, May, 2021 @9:00 AM

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The Three Burials of Lotty Kneen by Krissy Kneen review – memoir as both fairytale and defiant truth
Kneen weaves a magical and honest story about finding freedom but also about naming the things that shape us

Bec Kavanagh

13, May, 2021 @5:30 PM

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In brief: Finding Freedom in the Lost Kitchen, Bear and A Hundred Million Years and a Day – reviews
An American tale of culinary salvation, a 1970s feminist classic revisited, and a quest to claim a dinosaur fossil in the Alps

Hephzibah Anderson

09, May, 2021 @12:00 PM

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Speak, Okinawa review – a struggle to unearth a denied self
Elizabeth Miki Brina’s memoir about coming to terms with her Japanese-American heritage is warm and affecting

Viv Groskop

09, May, 2021 @9:00 AM

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Everybody: A Book About Freedom by Olivia Laing review – free your body and your mind will follow
The Lonely City author explores Wilhelm Reich’s insights into the physical impact of emotional pain in a deft book of many parts

Ashish Ghadiali

09, May, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Notes on Grief by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie review – a moving account of a daughter’s sorrow
The novelist joins the list of great writers reflecting on loss with this eloquent meditation on her father’s death

Nicci Gerrard

09, May, 2021 @6:00 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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Fury by Kathryn Heyman review – a memoir of righteous anger and poetic transformation
Heyman’s novels explore male power, control and violence. Now, she turns her sharp storytelling skills and lyrical prose on her own life

Thuy On

06, May, 2021 @5:30 PM

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Kathryn Heyman on writing her ‘white hot’ memoir – and finding refuge on the Timor Sea
It took hitchhiking to Darwin and a job on a fishing trawler to transform the young novelist-to-be

Jenny Valentish

03, May, 2021 @5:30 PM

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Field Work by Bella Bathurst review – a nuanced record of life at Rise Farm
This beautiful portrait of the people who keep farming alive today is part memoir, part social history

Alex Preston

03, May, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Real Estate by Deborah Levy review – a dialogue between art and life
The third of Levy’s memoirs, which sees her leaving home for a fellowship in Paris, is a drily funny contemplation of what it means to be a female writer

Stephanie Merritt

03, May, 2021 @6:00 AM

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In brief: Fifty Sounds, The Sunken Land Begins to Rise Again, This One Sky Day – reviews
A candid memoir in 50 entries, a darkly fantastical vision of post-Brexit Britain and a lush novel 15 years in the making

Ben East

02, May, 2021 @2:00 PM

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