John Updike

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David Baddiel: 'I don't really have shame as an emotion'
The writer and comedian on admiring John Updike, crying over Station Eleven and laughing at Alan Partridge

David Baddiel

03, Jul, 2020 @9:00 AM

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Tips, links and suggestions: what are you reading this week?
Your space to discuss the books you are reading and what you think of them

Guardian readers and Sam Jordison

22, Jun, 2020 @2:00 PM

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'I wanted something 100% pornographic and 100% high art': the joy of writing about sex
As authors from Chaucer to Hollinghurst have shown, sex reveals our emotions, instincts and morals. The question is not why write about sex, claims author Garth Greenwell, it’s why write about anything else?

Garth Greenwell

08, May, 2020 @11:00 AM

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Top 10 novels about adultery | Douglas Kennedy
From Graham Greene’s anguished transgressions to Milan Kundera’s happy-go-lucky erotic adventures, fiction has long adored illicit affairs

Douglas Kennedy

18, Dec, 2019 @10:54 AM

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The Testaments, 34 years in the making: the longest gaps between sequels
The three decades between The Handmaid’s Tale and Margaret Atwood’s much anticipated follow-up makes the wait for George RR Martin’s The Winds of Winter seem brief

David Barnett

09, Sep, 2019 @12:13 PM

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Book clinic: which authors can help me come to terms with getting older?
Novelist Deborah Moggach recommends writers who confront the passing of the years, from John Updike to Virginia Ironside

Deborah Moggach

29, Jun, 2019 @5:00 PM

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Top 10 deaths in fiction
From Dickens to Woolf and Updike, novelists have taken on a dark but compelling challenge: to imagine their characters’ final experience

Thomas Maloney

31, Oct, 2018 @11:00 AM

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The best tennis books: Benjamin Markovits serves up his favourites
As Wimbledon 2018 starts, the novelist tips books on Agassi and Federer – with a volley from Roth and Updike

Benjamin Markovits

02, Jul, 2018 @5:29 AM

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Andrew Davies to defend John Updike with Rabbit TV series
TV writer tells Hay festival he aims to ‘wipe out’ idea Updike was a misogynist

Mark Brown Arts correspondent

27, May, 2018 @10:00 AM

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Book clinic: which current authors produce the most magical prose?
The supernatural, witchcraft or sex can be spellbinding, while others conjure gold from the everyday human struggle

Amanda Craig

28, Apr, 2018 @5:00 PM

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Book clinic: which male authors excel at writing female characters?
From Tolstoy to John Banville, our expert suggests the men who can write from a woman’s perspective

Lara Feigel

14, Apr, 2018 @3:00 PM

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'A nice set of curves if I do say so myself': a Twitter lesson in how not to write women
A male author’s claim to be living proof that men can write authentic female characters has provoked glee online – but he’s not the worst offender

Alison Flood

03, Apr, 2018 @1:56 PM

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