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Top 10 literary hoaxes

From Edgar Allan Poe’s account of a transatlantic balloon-crossing to JG Ballard’s hair-raising ruminations on Ronald Reagan, here are 10 narratives that blurred the boundaries between fact and fiction<p>The derivation of the word hoax, like the concept it describes, is slippery. The OED suggests a …

The top 20 books every student should read before leaving secondary school

Which books should every teenager have read before they leave secondary school?<p>The Times Educational Supplement has compiled a list of novels for …

21 Beloved Movies, Reviewed By People Who Haven't Seen Them

Ever been publicly shamed for not seeing "Star Wars" or "The Godfather"? Been there. Enter the safe space.<p>You're undoubtedly familiar with the following scenario: You're sitting at brunch, or in class, or chatting with a group of randoms at a party when the conversation turns to that one movie …

Want to write a book? You can if you've got 75 minutes spare

A group of people will attempt to write a book in a little over an hour at Nine Worlds Geekfest this weekend. Don’t expect it to be in next year’s Booker longlist<p>Every year, writers across the world struggle through the month of November to hit a seemingly impossible target: write a whole novel in …

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