Leo Tolstoy

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The 20-page rule: how much time should you give a devastatingly boring book?
Novelist Mark Billingham advises readers to angrily launch a book across the room after 20 non-gripping pages – but almost 40% of people will keep going right to the end

12, Oct, 2021 @1:36 PM

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Top 10 bookworms in fiction | Cathy Rentzenbrink
If you’re reading a novel, the chances are you’ll be able to relate to characters who love reading, too. These works showcase some of literature’s finest bibliophiles

Cathy Rentzenbrink

11, Aug, 2021 @11:00 AM

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Helen McCrory shone as Anna Karenina | Brief letters
Brief letters: Supply teachers | Texting the PM | Helen McCrory | European Super League | Picking up the Guardian

Letters

22, Apr, 2021 @5:14 PM

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Country diary: cutting-edge technology from the stone age
Wellington, Somerset: The blade is shaped like a toucan’s bill and the long wooden handle has the pleasing curve of a well-balanced spine

Anita Roy

22, Mar, 2021 @5:30 AM

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Christopher Plummer remembered: 'It was a privilege to stand so close to greatness'
Michael Hoffman, who directed Plummer and Helen Mirren in Tolstoy biopic The Last Station, recalls the actors’ joyful connection and how Plummer turned the script into gold

Michael Hoffman

08, Feb, 2021 @10:17 AM

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A Swim in a Pond in the Rain by George Saunders review – rules for good writing, and more
The spell of words ... a wonderful book in which a Booker prizewinner explains what makes classic short stories work so well

Tessa Hadley

06, Jan, 2021 @7:30 AM

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George Saunders: 'These trenches we're in are so deep'
The Booker-winning author on what Russian short stories can teach us, late-life realisations and why he doesn’t like social media

Killian Fox

02, Jan, 2021 @6:00 PM

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'It had been on my shelf for years': readers share their lockdown reads
Publishers report that coronavirus has boosted sales of long, classic novels. You reveal the great baggy monsters you’ve found the time to tackle

Guardian readers and Rachel Obordo

06, Nov, 2020 @10:00 AM

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Have you been using the pandemic to catch up on long classic novels?
Sales of War and Peace, Don Quixote and Middlemarch are booming, and the appeal of a seriously long read has never been more alluring

Alison Flood

27, Oct, 2020 @1:27 PM

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Top 10 best-dressed characters in fiction | Amanda Craig
Authors from Charlotte Brontë to Suzanne Collins have imagined clothes for their characters that are almost as expressive as their wearers

Amanda Craig

01, Jul, 2020 @1:18 PM

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Why the UK is the sick man of Europe again | Letters
Letters: British neoliberalism, social inequality and arrogance have left us trailing in Germany’s wake in the fight against coronavirus, argue John Green and Glyn Turton, while Jinty Nelson says the UK has been losing ground in other areas for years

Letters

28, Jun, 2020 @5:45 PM

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The Guardian view on lockdown reading: more than escapism | Editorial
Editorial:It’s no surprise that people read a lot when stuck at home. But novels are more than a way to kill time

Editorial

19, Apr, 2020 @5:25 PM

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