Fiction

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‘I’m always drawn to absences’: Hannah Kent on her new queer historical romance
The Australian author of Burial Rites looks homeward with Devotion, a hymn-like love letter traced from 1830s Prussia to the South Australian frontier

Walter Marsh

25, Oct, 2021 @4:30 PM

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Alan Garner: ‘You don’t want to have a brilliant idea for a novel at the age of 87’
As the much-loved fantasy writer publishes yet another 'final’ novel – about a healer who can cure everything but jealousy – he talks about being made a pariah by Oxford and almost dying three times

Alison Flood

25, Oct, 2021 @7:00 AM

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In brief: B: A Year in Plagues and Pencils; The Gardener; A Curious Boy – reviews
Lockdown drawings from Edward Carey, a new novel of growth and green fingers from Salley Vickers, and a naturalist’s memoir from Richard Fortey

Hephzibah Anderson

24, Oct, 2021 @3:00 PM

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The Selfless Act of Breathing by JJ Bola review – a traveller misses connection
The poet’s lyrical second novel charts the odyssey of a disillusioned teacher who flees London for the US

Hephzibah Anderson

24, Oct, 2021 @2:00 PM

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The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles review – love letter to the road trip
This sweeping book is as much about the literary history of the road novel as it is about one engaging journey

Alex Preston

24, Oct, 2021 @12:00 PM

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Oh William! by Elizabeth Strout review – Lucy Barton’s return brings intense pleasures
The Pulitzer prize-winner delves deeper into the rich cast of characters that have made her a bestseller

Jonathan Myerson

24, Oct, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Jocelyn Nicole Johnson: ‘My book is me nudging forward from very real fears’
The American debut novelist on the lessons she learned from teaching art, her mixed feelings about Virginia and her experience of white supremacists

Killian Fox

23, Oct, 2021 @5:00 PM

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Children’s books roundup – the best new picture books and novels
Schnauzers in trousers, a Diwali sparkler and Lenny Henry’s kids’ fiction debut, plus the best new YA

Imogen Russell Williams

22, Oct, 2021 @11:00 AM

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Curtis Sittenfeld: ‘Sweet Valley High is not respected – but I found the books riveting’
The American Wife author on The Snowman, Saturday Night Live and her lifelong love of Alice Munro

Curtis Sittenfeld

22, Oct, 2021 @9:00 AM

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Love and Virtue by Diana Reid review – sex, shame and the social minefields of campus life
Reid’s debut is a multilayered page-turner on power, unrequited love and campus rape culture, wrapped in a coming-of-age narrative

Zoya Patel

21, Oct, 2021 @4:30 PM

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Realists of a larger reality wanted: Ursula K Le Guin prize for fiction to launch in 2022
Award aims to honour imaginative fiction that champions ‘hope and freedom, alternatives to conflict and a holistic view of humanity’s place in the natural world’

Alison Flood

21, Oct, 2021 @5:00 AM

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Claire Keegan: ‘I think something needs to be as long as it needs to be’
The acclaimed Irish writer on writing short works, the Magdalene Laundries and her new hobby, horse training

Claire Armitstead

20, Oct, 2021 @2:01 PM

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