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Bestselling books of 2019: cleaning guides and diet books hit big
This year saw domestic cleaning overtake domestic noir, and women winning all the top spots in literary fiction

John Dugdale

31, Dec, 2019 @12:00 PM

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Prose and cons: Boris Johnson’s long history of fictional cameos
The new PM saw literary potential in his career – as did his own father and a string of other writers. So how does he come across?

John Dugdale

25, Jul, 2019 @7:00 AM

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The 100 bestselling books of the year: from Eleanor Oliphant to Michelle Obama
Eleanor Oliphant is still completely fine – but where have all the other female writers gone?

John Dugdale

29, Dec, 2018 @9:00 AM

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From Muriel Spark to Angela Carter: which women should get blue plaques?
English Heritage wants to boost the number of female recipients of its prestigious blue plaques. It could honour more scientists and ethnic-minority achievers, too

John Dugdale

01, Nov, 2018 @11:08 AM

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Why Killing Eve is keeping our love of TV adaptations alive
Based on Luke Jennings’ novella series, Killing Eve has delivered a body blow in the battle between TV adaptations and original drama

John Dugdale

21, Sep, 2018 @2:00 PM

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After American Animals: the literary robberies Hollywood is yet to snatch up
With Bart Layton’s new true-crime film, literary robbery stories have finally found Hollywood’s spotlight. There are others lurking in the library

John Dugdale

07, Sep, 2018 @6:00 AM

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False conceit: why is Vanity Fair's scheming heroine misread on screen?
In William Makepeace Thackeray’s novel she’s an amoral social climber – yet in adaptions Becky Sharp is warm and relatable

John Dugdale

01, Sep, 2018 @2:00 PM

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'Quite a bit of nude sunbathing': how will Jane Austen's Sanditon stand up under Andrew Davies' male gaze?
News that the veteran adapter of Pride and Prejudice and Bridget Jones is turning his hand to the unfinished Sanditon seems out of tune with the times

John Dugdale

11, Jul, 2018 @5:00 AM

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So Jonathan Franzen is ‘retiring’ – which author hasn’t said that?
Many writers, including Stephen King and Alice Munro, have announced ‘last novels’ before turning out many more

John Dugdale

27, Jun, 2018 @2:53 PM

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Colonel Sun: is Kingsley Amis's Bond novel the weirdest of all?
Fifty years ago, the literary giant wrote a James Bond novel under a pseudonym. With all the shoddy spies and friendly Soviets, it is staggeringly un-Fleming-like

John Dugdale

28, Mar, 2018 @10:42 AM

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Is Sylvia Plath's driver's license worth more than a letter from Dickens?
Even Wordsworth and Napoleon couldn’t compete with Plathinalia going under the hammer this week – including clothes, a typewriter and her thesaurus

John Dugdale

22, Mar, 2018 @11:31 AM

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Robert Burns: was the beloved poet a 'Weinsteinian sex pest'?
Ahead of this year’s Burns Night, the 18th-century bard has come under harsh scrutiny from Liz Lochhead over his treatment of women

John Dugdale

24, Jan, 2018 @6:00 AM

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