Elif Batuman

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Patrick Ness: ‘Terry Pratchett makes you feel seen and forgiven’
The author celebrates the most perfect sentence by Toni Morrison and his struggles with Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch

Patrick Ness

14, May, 2021 @9:00 AM

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Elif Batuman: ‘My stress read? Epictetus during a dental procedure’
The American author on speed-reading The Second Sex, the book that made her cry and how Marie Kondo changed her life

Elif Batuman

27, Apr, 2018 @8:59 AM

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The best debut fiction from Megan Hunter, Gail Honeyman and more – reviews
Motherhood, coping and coming of age are some of the themes explored in these impressive debut novels

Natasha Tripney

18, Jun, 2017 @6:00 AM

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The Idiot by Elif Batuman review – life lived through a Russian novel
Set in the 1990s, this humorous story follows a young woman as she tries to figure out adulthood – and email – as an undergraduate at Harvard

Lara Feigel

16, Jun, 2017 @6:30 AM

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Elif Batuman interview: ‘I thought racism and sexism were over. I was in for a rude awakening’
The journalist-author on fictional truth, fake news and setting a coming-of-age novel in the ‘end of history’ mid-1990s

Paul Laity

26, May, 2017 @1:00 PM

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World Book Night adds poetry to mass giveaway next April
Twelve and a half thousand copies of an anthology featuring poets from TS Eliot to Les Murray will be distributed free in the spring to promote reading

Alison Flood

02, Dec, 2014 @8:00 AM

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The top 10 books about reading
Top 10: Books about books, where literature is integral to life, are a genre in themselves, as terrific titles by authors from Nicholson Baker to Geoff Dyer very readably show

Rebecca Mead

12, Nov, 2014 @5:12 PM

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2013: the year ahead in books

From a full programme of film and stage adaptations to a new James Bond novel, unpublished works by RS Thomas and WG Sebald and a new prize for women writers, 2013 is set to be a real page-turner

04, Jan, 2013 @10:55 PM

The Possessed by Elif Batuman - review

If you liked Eat, Pray, Love, you'll hate Elif Batuman's The Possessed, cautions Ian Sansom

Ian Sansom

29, Apr, 2011 @11:05 PM

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The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them by Elif Batuman – review

Elif Batuman's comical treatise on reading Russian literature introduces an exciting, if not entirely original, new talent, writes Francis Spufford

Francis Spufford

10, Apr, 2011 @1:00 AM

Buying books is fun, with a glass in your hand

Author, author: Elif Batuman

Elif Batuman

01, Oct, 2010 @11:08 PM

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