Dan Biggs

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Man Booker prize goes to second American author in a row

George Saunders’ Lincoln in the Bardo described as ‘unique’ and ‘extraordinary’ by head of 2017 judging panel<p>The American short story writer George Saunders has won the Man Booker prize for his first full-length novel, Lincoln in the Bardo.<p>The book is based around a real event: the night in 1862 …

Books

Man Booker Prize 2017: The Shortlist

The shortlist for the Man Booker Prize 2017 – the UK’s most prestigious literary honour – was revealed earlier today. First handed out in 1969, the …

Books

From baths to bookshelves: 10 reasons ebooks suck

So ebooks are not, in fact, the end of Western Civilisation. This is despite what some doom-mongers predicted when the Amazon Kindle e-reader launched in 2007. There were fears that beautiful old libraries would become obsolete, and our homes would become minimalist prisons empty of well-thumbed …

Writing

The 100 best nonfiction books: No 64 – Walden by Henry David Thoreau (1854)

This account of one man’s rejection of American society has influenced generations of free thinkers<p>On Independence Day 1845, an idealistic young American (Thoreau was just 28) turned his back on what he saw as his country’s depressing materialism, its commercial and industrial soullessness and took …

Literature

Here's what happens when a theme park company designs a library

Virtual reality simulations, talking robots and a magic school bus — this is what happens when a theme park company designs a library.<p>Landmark …

Makerspaces

This public library is offering 'Adulting 101' classes for Millennials

When you're a kid you think grownups have it all figured out. Then you become an adult and realize most people have no clue what they're doing.<p>The …

“A Certain Riddle of the Sphinx”: The Enduring Mystery of the Voynich Manuscript

THE JULY 1921 ISSUE of <i>Harper’s</i> featured an article provocatively titled “The Most Mysterious Manuscript in the World,” written by one John Matthews …

The best recent science fiction, fantasy and horror novels – reviews roundup

Under a Watchful Eye by Adam Nevill, The Core of the Sun by Johanna Sinisalo, Sherlock Holmes and the Shadwell Shadows by James Lovegrove, The Iron Tactician by Alastair Reynolds, Gilded Cage by Vic James, Defender by GX Todd<p>Adam Nevill’s riveting ninth novel, <b>Under</b> <b>a Watchful Eye</b> (Pan, £12.99), …

86 Books Barack Obama Recommended During His Presidency

The entries were pulled from places like Obama’s summer reading lists, his childhood favorites, and recommendations made for his daughter, Malia. …

Books

New year, new voices: four debut novels that should be on your 2017 reading list

Orlando Bird picks some superb debut novels, which flit from Sixties campus radicals to spoilt brats in Rio de Janeiro<p>New year, new fiction – and the biggest noises are coming from the other side of the Atlantic. No surprises there, you might think, with a weary shrug. (In 2016, they were over …

Jasper Jones trailer: Toni Collette and Hugo Weaving star in film adaptation – video

In Rachel Perkins’ new adaptation of Craig Silvey’s award-winning novel, a girl goes missing in an isolated and racially divided Australian town. Expecting to be blamed for her murder, 14-year-old Indigenous outcast Jasper Jones (Aaron McGrath) enlists schoolmate Charlie Bucktin (Levi Miller) to …

New chapter in Auckland Libraries' evolution

Across the world, libraries are changing, and so is the demand for library services. Where once you visited a sturdy old building full of books to …

Libraries

$13 million boost to State Library an early Christmas present for Victorians - State Library Victoria

A partnership between the Victorian State Government and the John and Myriam Wylie Foundation is delivering a funding boost of $13 million to State …

Australia

Libraries promise to destroy user data to avoid threat of government surveillance

New York Public Library changed its data retention policies, and the American Library Association apologized for ‘normalizing’ the Trump administration<p>Public and private libraries are reacting swiftly to the election of Donald Trump, promising to destroy user information before it can be used …

The 100 best nonfiction books: No 43 – My Early Life: A Roving Commission by Winston Churchill (1930)

Churchill delights with candid tales of childhood and boy’s own adventures in the Boer war that made him a tabloid hero<p>Winston Churchill is renowned as an archetypal Great Briton (statesman, war leader, speechmaker and political maverick), with all the good and bad associations of such a …

David Bowie’s 100 favorite books

“David Bowie Is” is a traveling art exhibition featuring over 300 pieces from David Bowie’s personal archives of instruments, sketches, stage …

Words in your ears: the 10 best books podcasts

A bookseller and writer chooses his favourite audio options for those occasions when actually reading a book would be ill-advised<p>You can’t read books all the time; trust me, I’ve tried (and like I said to the officer, at least I wasn’t texting and driving). The next best thing is a good books …

Text Messaging

A World Gone Mad: The Diaries of Astrid Lindgren 1939-45 review – the jackboots before Pippi’s long stockings

The children’s author’s empathy for and insight into the horrors of war, even in neutral Sweden, is striking<p>Before Astrid Lindgren became the JK Rowling of her day – her red-haired, freckled and fearless Pippi Longstocking adored by children the world over – she was a 32-year-old secretary turned …

The Shrugged Atlas

“LIKE ALL MEN of the Library, I have traveled in my youth.” And some of us, no longer by any measure in our youth, are trying to keep up the good …

Terry Pratchett's 10 best Discworld characters

In a distant and secondhand set of dimensions, in an astral plane that was never meant to fly…” <b>Terry Pratchett</b> began his Discworld sequence with The Colour of Magic in 1983; it's extraordinary that a series which began as a mickey-taking parody of medieval-fantasy cliché blossomed, over 40 books, …

The 100 best nonfiction books: No 41 – How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie (1936)

The original self-help manual on American life – with its influence stretching from the Great Depression to Donald Trump – has a lot to answer for<p>The selling of the American self, and its dream of a better future, began with the Declaration of Independence and founding father Benjamin Franklin, who …

Selling

The 13 Best Books of 2016

Catch up on the year's most remarkable, influential and simply page-turning reads.<p>2016 may be coming to a close, but there's still time to catch up on the year's most remarkable, influential and simply page-turning reads. From the memoir of a rock music icon to a debut restaurant world …

7 Spooky Short Stories to Read for Halloween

You may have your Netflix queue all filled up with scary movies to watch for Halloween, but what about your bookshelf? Here are seven scary short …

Book Review: The President’s Hat by Antoine Laurain.

<b>Type</b>: Paperback, 208 pages<p><b>Publisher</b>: Gallic Books, September 3, 2013 (first published in January 11, 2012)<p><b>Original Title</b>: Le Chapeau de Mitterand<p>When …

All 88 Of The Books On The ‘Gilmore Girls’ Reading List That You Really Need To Read

Rory would approve<p>Over the course of beloved television series <i>Gilmore Girls</i>, one thing became crystal clear: Rory Gilmore really loves to read. While viewers didn't need to be particularly perceptive to pick up on this personality trait, it did take a certain kind of viewer, one with an obsessive …

26 Chapter Books That Will Make You Say, "OMG, I Remember That"

Take me to the Scholastic book fair right this second.

A Nobel In Literature For Bob Dylan, Whose Words Transcend Form

Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature this week. His selection was surprising. He is the first artist to receive the award for a body of work that is almost entirely songs. But while there were critics, there was also a lot of acclaim, even from outstanding longtime novelists, …

Great Opening Lines of Great Novels

Great opening lines are very important for any work of literature. Whether you are writing a novel, a short story, a blog post or a newspaper …

Literature