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Top tips for young writers – from past winners of the young writer award

<b>Sarah Waters</b> – <b>winner in 2000 for Affinity</b><p><b>1.</b> While you’re writing, read like mad – but read analytically. You will never be able to put a book together without an understanding of how other books work. I suspect that this is more a matter of instinct than anything else – but you can nurture that …

Writing

The most wonderful thing in the world – in pictures

A dog performing card tricks, a piece of frozen sky, mermaids doing somersaults… just what is The Most Wonderful Thing in the World? Vivian French talks us through some of the beautiful illustrations by Angela Barrett from their heart-warming fairytale about our values

Barrett

This Book Of Illustrated Quotes From Authors Will Inspire You

"Sometimes you just have to commit yourself to absurdity."

Books

What’s Coming Up for the Rumpus Poetry Book Club

The Rumpus Poetry Book Club is finishing up this month’s book, Reginald Dwayne Betts’s incredible <i>Bastards of the Reagan Era,</i> and getting ready for …

Books

Anna March’s Reading Mixtape #7: Guns

Guns are pervasive in American society. Whether it is the prominent role they frequently play in various forms of entertainment or the epidemic of …

Guns

15 terrifying tales for Halloween

Since the beginning of the 21st century, publishers’ autumn schedules have hardly been an unequivocal delight for lovers of ghost stories, weird tales and things that go bump in the night.<p>All too often the face glimpsed at the window has turned out to be just another identikit vampire; the groan …

Top 10 memorable meals in literature

Ten classic tales served by literary masters ranging from Marcel Proust to Virginia Woolf, Günter Grass to Nora Ephron and TC Boyle<p>Alexandre Dumas, in his Grand Dictionary of Cuisine<i>,</i> defined dinner as “a major daily activity, which can be accomplished in worthy fashion only by intelligent people. …

Literature

15 scary books to terrify you this Halloween

Top 10 haunted houses in fiction

Everyone needs a home and ghosts are no exception. The fact is, they’re going to need it for a lot longer than most. Whether it’s a creepy castle or a gloomy graveyard, the ideal home is dead important when you’re a spook. Here are 10 of my favourites.<p><b>1. Hogwarts Castle in the Harry Potter series …

Books

Paris bookshop Shakespeare and Company opens cafe

The humble stationery shop adjacent to George Whitman’s, Shakespeare and Company – the successor to the legendary interwar bookstore of the same name where Hemingway et al used to congregate – was some of the hottest real estate in Paris. According to David Delannet, co-manager of the store, …

France

11 Books That Will Introduce You To The Beauty Of Hinduism

Start here if you want to learn more about this ancient spirituality.<p>Hinduism, one of the world's oldest religions, can be hard to understand or even define.<p>There is no central ancient text that succinctly sums up the religion's basic tenets, no single leader that Hindus can call the founder of …

Hinduism

22 Brilliant New Books You Should Read This Autumn

Required reading in October and November. UK release dates.<p>– Audrey Niffenegger<p>– Noy Holland

Books

This Halloween, Channel “My So Called Life”

5 reasons why we're sad to see Raf Simons leave Dior

Raf Simons departure was announced yesterday – to the shock of the fashion world – and takes place with immediate effect.<p>His three-and-a-half year tenure at the brand has brought the storied fashion house, founded in 1946 by the late Christian Dior, back to the forefront of fashion. His directional …

The new skirt rules

No one loves a pencil skirt more than I do. Not even a pencil. But sometimes one has to flutter out of the rut. It’s tough. Initially everything else seems so girlish. Or Lady in the Van-ish. I’m going to put this out there, before the film is released: the homeless bag lady is not a good look.<p>Back …

Drake Inspires Tom Ford's Newest Shade of Lipstick

I got my eyes on you… we're going home.<p>We've got Drake on the brain—and not just because today is his birthday. (Happy 29th though, Drizzy!) Earlier this week we were reminded of our infatuation when his smooth voice—and even smoother dance moves—took over the Internet with the release of his …

Modern Folklore: Seventies bohemia meets city woman

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia Spring 2016

Pops of red and statement jackets ruled the streets of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia. See the best looks here.

Fashion Week

Florals for Fall: Dried Flowers are Beauty's Prettiest Trend

It’s no secret that keeping flowers around will significantly improve one’s mood, particularly when winter sets in, but for a new crop of oils, salts, and steams, packed with dried flowers, their healing boost is as much about their inherent beauty benefits as their added aesthetic allure. From …

Behind the Rainbow Hair Takeover at Seoul Fashion Week

From the specks of gold glitter on lids at Kye to clusters of freckles dotted on darkly at Cres. E Dim., the imaginative beauty proposals at Seoul Fashion Week have put us in a playful mood. A more compelling statement, however, has woven its way through the shows, one that points to a larger, …

16 Brilliant Wedding Day Hair Accessories

You’ve booked the perfect hairstylist, chosen wisely between a low chignon and brushed waves, but the thoughtful detail that will upgrade your wedding day hair from basic to meaningfully personal lies in a well-calculated hair accessory. Simply consider your wedding’s location and your dress: Does …

The History of the Ballet Body: From Anna Pavlova to Misty Copeland

“Ballet is woman,” said George Balanchine, the inimitable Russian choreographer who is credited with bringing ballet into the great American artistic oeuvre. It’s a legacy that tonight the American Ballet Theatre will continue to push forward with the debut of its fall season. Among its talented …

Art

Glossier HQ's Hair Polaroids

<b>Update:</b> New season, new office hairstyles. Click through for even more enviable hair from those we know, love, and work next to.<p>Is there anything …

6 Iconic Women Who Turned a Hair Ribbon Into the Ultimate Beauty Win

In the 1970s, the film critic Pauline Kael called Catherine Deneuve the French Grace Kelly for her severe beauty. “But something is hidden,” she added, “a suggestion of humor and of depth.” Deneuve, who turns 74 today, is better known than her American counterpart for moments of playful mystery, at …

Here's Why Facial Steaming Is Trending Right Now

If you're someone who arrives early to spa appointments to maximize your steam-room time—or if you've ever enjoyed the warmth wafting out of a cup of just-poured tea, the concept of facial steaming is probably pretty appealing to you. Touted as a gentle, natural alternative to harsh exfoliating …

How to make… an autumnal owl collage

As the evenings draw in, let’s get cosy and creative with Britta Teckentrup’s beautiful step-by-step guide

Collage

‘I pine away’ … Charlotte Brontë’s romantic obsession

In 1913, a Belgian doctor and scientist called Paul Heger and his sister Louise donated to the British Library four letters that the novelist Charlotte Brontë had written to their late father, Constantin, in 1844 and 1845, when Constantin was a well-known figure in Brussels and a teacher at the …

Literature

A Dark And Stormy Night: Why We Love The Gothic

<i>Crimson Peak's</i> previews hardly bothered with the ghosts haunting its dilapidated mansion. It didn't need them. Mia Wasikowska runs down moonlit stairs in a nightgown with a ten-foot train — that's all you need to know. By now, the Gothic speaks for itself, and it's trained us to listen.<p>Though their …

Horror

Extremely rare Wicked Bible goes on sale

One of 10 remaining copies of 1631’s Sinners Bible, with its infamous typo imploring readers to commit adultery, is to be auctioned next month<p>Top five embarrassing misprints<p>To commit adultery, or not to commit adultery – for hundreds of readers in the 17th century, the answer depended on which …

Bible

The Krystallos pendant by Noor Fares

A mystical allure for a sharply-cut amethyst pyramid, set onto a triangle of gold, by Noor Fares.