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The 50 best books for Christmas 2016

2016 has been a fantastic year for literature, from tales of post-punk rebellion and fish-out-of-water detectives to politically incorrect satire and secrets from the Hollywood studio system. Here our top critics count down the year's best, from 50 to 1.<p>50. <b>The Making of Donald Trump</b> by David Cay …

9 Page-Turners You'll Finish Over the Long Weekend

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Five books for the beach - and five to save for a rainy day

Improving reading is best not done on the beaches or beside a swimming pool<p>THERE’S something strange about the idea of saving our reading for holidays. After all, we watch films and listen to music all year round. But something about that long stretch of free time by the pool or the beach tempts us …

Best crime fiction books for 2015

<b>A guide to the best crime fiction of 2015. Updated monthly</b><p>I Came to Find a Girl by Jaq Hazell<p>This is an unusual thriller set on the fringes of the modern art world that is dark, haunting, twisted - and, in its own way, unforgettable. It centres on Mia, an art student in Nottingham, who gets seduced …

The Must-Read Short Stories Behind 16 Great Movies

The sci-fi psychological thriller “Arrival” has been lighting up the internet since the trailer’s, <i>ahem</i>, arrival this week. The November 2016 movie of alien contact (not, as some originally may have thought, a comedy of manners surrounding a visit from distant out-of-town relatives) has already been …

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20 best audiobooks of all time

Following the announcement that sales have doubled in the past five years, Carole Mansur picks the 20 best audiobooks of all time:<p><b>1 A Delicate Truth written and read by John le Carré</b> <br>(10 hrs 30 mins, Penguin/Audible download £13.10)<br>Le Carré’s 23rd novel, a post-Iraq inquest into the privatisation …

The 15 best poetry books of all time

The Swerve: How the World Became Modern

• <b>Author:</b> Stephen Greenblatt Ph.D.<p>Winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction <br>Winner of the 2011 National Book Award for Non-Fiction<br>One of the world's most celebrated scholars, Stephen Greenblatt has crafted both an innovative work of history and a thrilling story of discovery, in which one …

The 15 best comedy books of all time

From Bridget Jones to Three Men in a Boat - are these the funniest books ever?<p><b>Gargantua and Pantagruel</b><p>François Rabelais (c 1532)<p>A series of rambunctious novels blending mad vulgarity with slingshot satire, Gargantua and Pantagruel is a family saga involving giants and their adventures – swallowing …

34 Riveting First Lines From Literature

While you may recognize “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” you might not recall some of literature’s other, equally gripping …

Henry David Thoreau

Summer reading: 76 books to pack for your holiday

History<p><b>West of Eden by Jean Stein</b><br>A selective, sly history of studio-era Hollywood by a film mogul’s daughter. One of the best books ever written about the movies. Jonathan Cape, £20<p><b>The Romanovs by Simon Sebag Montefiore </b>“It was hard to be a tsar,” Montefiore writes at the beginning of this joyful …