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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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Pandora by Susan Stokes-Chapman review – myth in Georgian London
A young woman living above an antiquarian shop comes across an ancient vase in this vivid debut

Natasha Pulley

16, Feb, 2022 @11:00 AM

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Forget Wordle! Can you crack the Dickens Code? An IT worker from California just did
The writer’s archaic shorthand has baffled experts for over a century. So they launched a deciphering competition for fans – with stunning results that cast new light on his love life and financial peril

Simon Usborne

07, Feb, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Top 10 novels inspired by Greek myths | Susan Stokes-Chapman
From James Joyce to Ali Smith and Chigozie Obioma, the archetypal stories of the ancients have inspired some of our best fiction

Susan Stokes-Chapman

26, Jan, 2022 @12:00 PM

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Top 10 books about self-improvement | Anna Katharina Schaffner
In time for new year resolutions, a cultural historian chooses some of the best guides to making a better life, dating back to some of our earliest literature

Anna Katharina Schaffner

29, Dec, 2021 @11:00 AM

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Top 10 books about the Roman empire | Greg Woolf
From Edward Gibbon to Asterix the Gaul, the astonishing endurance of the largest state Europe has ever known continues to inspire a compelling literature

Greg Woolf

08, Dec, 2021 @11:00 AM

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George Orwell: how romantic walks with girlfriends inspired Nineteen Eighty-Four
Details from 50 newly released letters echo scenes between Winston and Julia in the dystopian novel

Vanessa Thorpe

27, Nov, 2021 @2:00 PM

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Want horror for Halloween? Critics pick music, books, games and more to help
From a creepy Hollywood comedy to trick or treat for gamers, Guardian critics suggest their cultural classics

Peter Bradshaw, Alison Flood, Keza MacDonald, Phil Harrison and Jenessa Williams

31, Oct, 2021 @10:00 AM

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Getting over a breakup? Critics pick music, books, games and more to help
Heartbreak is the ailment, could culture be the cure? Our critics’ suggestions to help ease your pain – or channel your angst

Jenessa Williams, Justine Jordan, Keza MacDonald, Peter Bradshaw and Jonathan Jones

11, Oct, 2021 @9:00 AM

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Mary Beard: ‘Virgil was a radical rap artist of the first century BC’
The classics professor and author on being inspired by Mary Douglas and terrified by Beatrix Potter

Mary Beard

08, Oct, 2021 @9:00 AM

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Age of Antigone: Sophocles’s arresting tale of the debt we owe the dead
With three new versions on stage this month, the ancient Greek classic – and its reflections on authority and devotion – remains as compelling as ever

Michael Billington

04, Oct, 2021 @8:28 AM

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The Guardian view on a hidden history of poetry: it depends where you look | Editorial
Editorial: An ancient Greek graffito points to an overlooked culture of popular verse


12, Sep, 2021 @4:57 PM

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