Raymond Chandler

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Marlowe review – worldweary Liam Neeson makes for low-energy private eye
Raymond Chandler’s gumshoe hero is resurrected in this period adaptation of a novel by John Banville – a film that looks good but lacks a spark

Peter Bradshaw

14, Mar, 2023 @7:00 AM

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Guess who? Val McDermid, Ian Rankin, Sophie Hannah and other crime writers reveal their favourite detectives
At the end of a year when murder mysteries rode high in the charts, we ask crime writers to celebrate the best fictional detectives

John Banville, Ian Rankin, Natalie Haynes, Saima Mir, Mark Billingham ,Dreda Say Mitchell, Ann Cleeves, Kate Mosse, Alyssa Cole, Val McDermid, Stella Duffy, Sophie Hannah, Jean Kwok, Sara Paretsky, David Baldacci,

10, Dec, 2022 @9:00 AM

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Split infinitives: the English ‘rule’ that refuses to quietly die | Letters
Letters: Salley Vickers, Angelica Goodden, John Doherty, Eddy York and Barbara Benedict weigh in on an eternal linguistic debate


01, Jul, 2021 @5:25 PM

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Unseen spoof by Raymond Chandler shows writer's 'human side'
Noir master had a chilly reputation, but self-parodic Advice to an Employer – being published for the first time this month – shows him in a warmer light

Alison Flood

05, Oct, 2020 @2:00 PM

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Guardian Books desk: 'You can tell a lot about a country by how it treats its libraries'
The books site editor on the challenges facing publishers, and who she would invite to her dream dinner party

Sian Cain

15, Jun, 2019 @7:30 AM

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Why we need an award for writers who start later in life
Some authors worry they are past it at 30, forgetting the careers of Chandler, Defoe and many others. Which is where the Christopher Bland prize comes in

Gillian Slovo

03, Oct, 2018 @12:30 PM

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How well do you know your fictional bookshops? – quiz
To mark the end of Independent bookshop week, a celebration of booksellers across the UK and Ireland, test your knowledge of fictional literary havens

Alison Flood

23, Jun, 2018 @7:00 AM

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Michael Chabon: ‘Parent properly and you’re doing yourself out of a job’
The Pulitzer prize-winner on combining writing with raising kids, his freakozoid tendencies and the authors he returns to

Alex Preston

12, May, 2018 @5:00 PM

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Top writers choose their perfect crime
Crime fiction is now the UK’s bestselling genre. So which crime novels should everyone read? We asked the writers who know ...

28, Apr, 2018 @7:00 AM

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May I have a word about … cliches? | Jonathan Bouquet
Let’s draw a line in the sand under over-used phrases

Jonathan Bouquet

25, Mar, 2018 @6:00 AM

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Raymond Chandler attacks US healthcare in newly-discovered story
It’s All Right - He Only Died was found in The Big Sleep author’s archives with a note underlining his contempt for doctors who turned away poor patients

Alison Flood

16, Nov, 2017 @12:30 PM

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Bonnie 'Prince' Billy: 'I’ve never had a hit song, and I never will'
He’s the cult musician who has written songs for John Legend and acted for Kelly Reichardt and John Sayles. Now the artist also known as Will Oldham explains why he turned to country’s Merle Haggard for his new album

Sasha Frere-Jones

16, May, 2017 @10:00 AM

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