Fiction

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Men Don’t Cry by Faïza Guène review – witty novel of everyday French life
The former teenage sensation returns with an acutely observed cast of comic characters

Bidisha

01, Aug, 2021 @10:00 AM

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The Pages by Hugo Hamilton review – a book with a story to tell
A novel smuggled out of Nazi Germany narrates this ingenious work which warns of the danger in ignoring lessons of history

Colm Tóibín

01, Aug, 2021 @8:30 AM

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Eimear McBride: ‘Women grapple with shame because we’re held to a higher standard’
The novelist on her first book of nonfiction – about women and disgust – and the complexities of prize culture

Rachel Cooke

01, Aug, 2021 @8:30 AM

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In brief: Annie Stanley, All at Sea; Some Answers Without Questions; Unexplained Deaths
A charming novel about a woman’s midlife crisis, timely reflections on female creativity and the woman who revolutionised murder investigations

Hephzibah Anderson

01, Aug, 2021 @7:30 AM

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Revealed: the secret trauma that inspired German literary giant
WG Sebald’s writing on the Holocaust was driven by the anger and distress he felt over his father’s service in Hitler’s army

Donna Ferguson

31, Jul, 2021 @5:00 PM

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Other People’s Clothes by Calla Henkel review – a sparkling debut
A whirlwind of screwball comedy, murder and friendship that examines the cannibalisation of experience to feed social media

Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett

31, Jul, 2021 @6:30 AM

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Ethel Carnie Holdsworth: campaigners push to revive fame of working-class novelist
Thought to be the first blue-collar female novelist, Holdsworth once outsold HG Wells. Now reprints and an alternative blue plaque aim to restore her reputation

Alison Flood

30, Jul, 2021 @1:54 PM

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Forget AC-12, meet DS-5: Jed Mercurio on his new graphic novel Sleeper
Fresh from the record-breaking Line of Duty, Mercurio has created a conspiracy thriller set in the 24th-century, with co-writer Prasanna Puwanarajah and illustrator Coke Navarro

Amy Fleming

30, Jul, 2021 @11:00 AM

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David Peace: ‘My comfort read? Old Labour party manifestos’
The novelist on the brilliance of Bulgakov, the Japanese short story that changed him, and wanting to live in Pogles’ Wood

David Peace

30, Jul, 2021 @9:00 AM

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Crime novelist Mo Hayder dies aged 59 from motor neurone disease
Clare Dunkel, who was diagnosed only months ago, wrote 10 thrillers under the pen name and has been remembered as a ‘ferociously inventive’ presence

Alison Flood

29, Jul, 2021 @12:29 PM

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4thWrite short story prize reveals ‘engaging and provocative’ 2021 shortlist
Seeking out the best new Black, Asian and minority ethnic writers, this year’s finalists range across continents to show ‘the best of what stories can do’

Claire Armitstead

29, Jul, 2021 @11:00 AM

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English Magic by Uschi Gatward review – exquisitely eerie withholding
A striking debut collection of unsettling short stories invites us to trust our imaginations

Lara Pawson

29, Jul, 2021 @8:00 AM

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