Fiction

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How women conquered the world of fiction
From Sally Rooney to Raven Leilani, female novelists have captured the literary zeitgeist. But is this cultural shift something to celebrate or rectify?

Johanna Thomas-Corr

16, May, 2021 @6:00 AM

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On my radar: Richard Osman’s cultural highlights
The gameshow maestro and bestselling novelist on AJ Tracey’s rhymes, the newfound joys of Radio 3, and longing for the return of live comedy

Alice Fisher

15, May, 2021 @2:00 PM

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Brit Bennett: ‘Trump colonised our brains for years. Suddenly he’s just gone? It feels surreal’
The author of the Women’s prize-shortlisted The Vanishing Half talks about race, the dangers of nostalgia and writing only what pleases her

Emma Brockes

15, May, 2021 @11:00 AM

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Out of office: how the pandemic is rewriting the workplace novel
A new crop of novels are exploring work culture and burnout – yet for many, the office feels like a distant memory. In the light of coronavirus, where will this literature go next?

Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett

15, May, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Last Days in Cleaver Square by Patrick McGrath review – memory, ageing and guilt
A veteran of the Spanish civil war is visited by the ghost of Franco in a deftly handled story of past trauma and deceit

Nicholas Wroe

15, May, 2021 @8:00 AM

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The Rules of Revelation by Lisa McInerney review – an ‘unholy trinity’ concludes
The third in McInerney’s brilliant series about Cork’s underbelly brings the comic melodrama to a satisfying finale

Sarah Ditum

14, May, 2021 @6:30 AM

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The Woman in the Window review – broken thriller is barely worth a look
Amy Adams gives a flat performance as an agoraphobe unravelling a dull mystery in Joe Wright’s cursed misstep now being dumped on Netflix

Benjamin Lee

13, May, 2021 @11:00 PM

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Raven Leilani wins Dylan Thomas prize for ‘fearless’ novel Luster
US author wins £20,000 award for writers under 39 – the age Thomas died – for her debut about a black woman who starts dating an older white man in an open marriage

Alison Flood

13, May, 2021 @6:45 PM

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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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Satanic bikers, time portals and the Fall: the story of Mark E Smith’s secret screenplay
While the Fall’s songs were suffused with hauntings and the occult, it is only now that Smith’s talent for strange fiction, in the form of an unmade film The Otherwise, has been revealed

John Doran

13, May, 2021 @3:00 PM

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Lean Fall Stand by Jon McGregor review – beyond words
Disaster in the Antarctic necessitates heroism at home, in this beautifully restrained interrogation of language, care and loss

Alexandra Harris

13, May, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Top 10 books about duels | Dan Glaister
Bewitching writers of a certain romantic, invariably male, predisposition, duels have inspired the likes of Pushkin, Casanova and Chekhov, and some excellent history titles

Dan Glaister

12, May, 2021 @9:25 AM

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