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'A tour de force': wildcard novel completes Not the Booker prize shortlist

We now have a complete shortlist for the 2018 Not the Booker prize. Our excellent panel of judges from last year have added Three Dreams in the Key of G by Marc Nash, as our wildcard entry. It sounds like a daring experimental novel that should add considerable interest to our list – but don’t take …

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Nonfiction Book Review: Gods and Robots: The Ancient Quest for Artificial Life by Adrienne Mayor. Princeton Univ, $29.95 (288p) ISBN 978-0-691-18351-0

Gods and Robots: The Ancient Quest for Artificial Life<p>Adrienne Mayor. Princeton Univ, $29.95 (288p) ISBN 978-0-691-18351-0<p>The Greeks thought of …

Book Reviews

Like a conjuring trick, Michael Ondaatje's Warlight leaves you in awe of the magician

In those long lazy summers B C (before children), I made a habit of reading the winner of the Booker Prize and much of the shortlist. Part of the pleasure was the sense of righteous indignation when my favourite was beaten by what I considered to be a less good novel.<p>Wasn’t Penelope Fitzgerald’s …

Man Booker Prize

Beyond Physical Coexistence: Aminatta Forna’s “Happiness”

ON DECEMBER 2017, I went to Sierra Leone for the first time in my 24 years of life. Of course, I was met with pure glee by some, for the mere fact …

Mexico City

Cinnamon Roll Apple Pie

This apple masterpiece may take more time than you're average pie. But it's worth it. Here, we used our perfect pie crust recipe, but if you want to …

Baking

Limoncello Recipe

"Truly worth the time required to create this distinguished ice cold refreshing drink."<p>Ingredients<p>10 lemons<p>1 liter vodka<p>3 cups white sugar<p>4 cups water<p>…

Recipes

Lashings of ginger beer? A Famous Five recipe book is set for release

From lashings of ginger beer to cherry cake and cucumber sandwiches, food always played a vital role in Enid Blyton’s <i>Famous Five</i> stories. Indeed, …

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Sticky asian roast eggplant with basmati rice

Step 1<p>Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan forced. Combine the kecap manis, sambal oelek or chilli paste, white part of the shallot, garlic, ginger and …

Food

Bitter Orange by Claire Fuller, review: a gothic tale of love triangles and voyeurism

We expect lemons to be bitter, but not oranges. We expect dilapidated country houses to be a bit creepy, and possibly the setting for a murder. We expect love triangles narrated by a less experienced woman to be a tale of innocence deceived.<p>All these expectations are set up and subverted in Claire …

Country Houses

Fiction Book Review: Chariot on the Mountain by Jack Ford . Kensington, $26 (320p) ISBN 978-1-4967-1309-4

Chariot on the Mountain<p>Jack Ford . Kensington, $26 (320p) ISBN 978-1-4967-1309-4<p>The stunning travails of Kitty Payne, an actual Virginia slave who …

Book Reviews

Cinnamon Sugar Pull Apart Bread (with Crescent Rolls)

<i>This Cinnamon Sugar Pull Apart Bread is made with crescent rolls, meaning you can get this in the oven in just 10 minutes or less! A quick and easy</i> …

Breakfast

iWonder - Spine-chillers and suspense: A timeline of Gothic fiction

ConsultantDr Catherine SpoonerLancaster University<p>Tales of terror<p>Gothic novels have been scaring us for 250 years. The mid-18th Century - an era of dark, satanic mills at home and nightmarish social upheaval abroad - saw public taste shift from traditional tales of romance and adventure to an …

Literature

Cake Without Milk, Eggs, and Butter Only WATER!

This cake with water (without milk, butter, and eggs) recipe comes from my nonna Angela notebook with recipes. The <i>Torta all’acqua senza uoava, latte</i> …

Dessert

Life of Black Hawk, or Ma-ka-tai-me-she-kia-kiak: Dictated by Himself

Overview<p>Life of Black Hawk, or Ma-ka-tai-me-she-kia-kiak: Dictated by Himself by Black Hawk<p><b>A rediscovered, defiant work of Native American</b> …

Barnes & Noble

Fiction Book Review: Immigrant, Montana by Amitava Kumar. Knopf, $25.95 (320p) ISBN 978-0-525-52075-7

Immigrant, Montana<p>Amitava Kumar. Knopf, $25.95 (320p) ISBN 978-0-525-52075-7<p>The plot of Kumar’s droll and exhilarating second novel (following <i>Nobody</i> …

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The Best Books of 2018 (So Far)

Each product we feature has been independently selected and reviewed by our editorial team. If you make a purchase using the links included, we may …

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The perfect novel for our age of lost honor: ‘The Four Feathers’

Do we care about honor these days? In the current global political climate, all that seems to matter is winning, whatever that means. Once upon a time, though, honor — being faithful to ideals of proper conduct, regardless of personal cost — deeply mattered. How deeply lies at the heart of A.E.W. …

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The Best Recipes from South Carolina

We found the best recipes from South Carolina—all submitted by local home cooks. In this collection, you’ll find traditional Southern comfort food …

Cooking

Ten books to read in August

From a novel within a novel to a surreal thriller set in Cuba, these are the titles that should sit on your shelf this month, writes Jane Ciabattari.

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Bodies and Borders: Six Must-Read Works by Mexican Women

To some, the swell of contemporary women’s voices in translation coming from Mexico right now — headed up by the regularly translated trio of Valeria …

Cherry Pie Bars

How to Make It<p>Step 1<p>Preheat oven to 350°F. Line bottom and sides of a 13- x 9-inch pan with heavy-duty aluminum foil, allowing 2 to 3 inches to …

Baking

20 new books to read in August

August's Hottest Reads

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'A Double Life,' 'The Incendiaries,' And 9 More New Books You Need To Know This Week

There's just about one month left of summer, which means four blessed weeks to use to the term "beach read" with a modicum of sincerity. (As always, …

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Fiction Book Review: Praise Song for the Butterflies by Bernice L. McFadden. Akashic, $15.95 trade paper (224p) ISBN 978-1-61775-626-9

Praise Song for the Butterflies<p>Bernice L. McFadden. Akashic, $15.95 trade paper (224p) ISBN 978-1-61775-626-9<p>More By and About This Author<p>McFadden’s …

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Margaret Fulton's sour cream cheesecake recipe

Sour cream cheesecake<p><i>serves 10–12</i><p>1 1/2 cups plain biscuits, crushed or blended into crumbs<br>6 tbsp ground almonds<br>1/4 cup cream<br>75g butter, melted<p><b>Filling</b><br>500g cream cheese<br>1/2 cup sugar<br>2 eggs<br>grated rind of 1 lemon<br>1 tsp lemon juice<br>1/2 tsp grated nutmeg<p><b>Topping</b><br>1 1/2 cups sour cream<br>2 tbsp sugar<br>1/2 tsp …

Baking

Want the kids to read more? 15 modern classics for all ages

<b>For ages 5+</b><p><i>The Street Beneath My Feet</i> <i>by Charlotte Guillian and Yuval Zommer (Words and Pictures)</i><br>A concertina-book that falls open in yards of pages, taking you to the centre of the Earth and back again; good for budding geologists, treasure-hunters, archaeologists and those who aren’t too keen on …

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‘Dopesick’ Traces the Opioid Crisis, From Beginning to Blow Up

Fewer than 50 pages into Beth Macy’s “Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company That Addicted America,” one of the many opioid users she talks to — this one a mother in Virginia — explains how her addiction started in the early 2000s, after routine gallbladder surgery. “The doctor didn’t …

Macy's

Cormac McCarthy’s existential Westerns

Cormac McCarthy is considered by many to be the greatest living American writer. His novels, set in the Mexican borderlands, are steeped in a violent …

Literature

Simon Hopkinson: the man who changed how I cook

I first read Richard Olney’s The French Menu Cookbook in the early 80s. I have no idea how I came across it. And I had never read anything like it. It’s an extraordinary book, intensely instructive and precise.<p>Olney lived in Solies-Toucas, in the south of France. He wasn’t in any way a …

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9 Great Books You Can Read For Free With Kindle Unlimited

If your wild summer has you too cash-poor to buy new books, don't worry. I've got nine great books you can read on Kindle Unlimited.<p>Kindle Unlimited …

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