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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 …

Goebbels review – the man behind the Nazi myth revealed

Peter Longerich’s life of Goebbels, the first to benefit from access to his complete diaries, may want for colour but is meticulous in its detail<p>The very last social call Adolf Hitler made, before he retreated for ever into his bunker as the Red Army closed in on Berlin in April 1945, was on Joseph …

World History

5 Must-Read Books From Around the World

A few years ago, I made a shock discovery: Although I thought of myself as a fairly cosmopolitan, cultured person, my bookshelves told a rather different story about me. Pretty much everything on them was by British and North American writers and there was almost nothing in translation.<p>Baffled …

Books

19 Books That Will Fuel Your Wanderlust

They say reading takes you places. So do plane tickets.

47 Books Every College Grad Should Read

The reading doesn't end with class.

Books

E-Readers vs. Book Books: A Book Lover Weighs the Pros and Cons

I love books. From a very young age I've been surrounded by them, and the feel and even the smell of books is something I find incredibly comforting. …

Books

22 Contemporary Authors You Absolutely Should Be Reading

These writers are not to be missed.

Books

Top Ten Best-Selling Ebooks--Week of April 4

For a tenth week running, the Paula Hawkins thriller <i>The Girl on the Train</i> clings to the top of the Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller List.<p>Meanwhile, the Nos. 2 and 3 titles on this week's rankings haven't budged since the previous week, either.<p>One thing that has changed is the average price of a …

Books

Crime novel inspired by tweet nets £800k book deal

Novelist T R Richmond found the idea for his psychological suspense story What She Left lurking on his Twitter timeline<p>Budding novelists take note - inspiration really can strike anywhere.<p>In 2012, journalist Tim Relf (pseudonym T R Richmond) was scrolling through his Twitter feed when he spotted …

eBooks

What's Your Point? Five Questions Authors Should Ask

What's the point of your book marketing campaign? That's the question at the core of all successful book promotion efforts.<p>It's likely that you hope to increase your book sales through a combination of your online book marketing and conventional book promotion efforts. There's a lot of competition …

“Islam is not a religion of peace”: Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Ayaan Hirsi Ali explains why Western liberals need to speak up — and why Islam needs a reformation now<p>On ______, a group of ______ heavily armed, black-clad men burst into a ______ in ______, opening fire and killing a total of ______ people.<br>The attackers were filmed shouting “Allahu …

Religion

The best young adult books of 2015

<b>How many of our best YA books of the year did you read in 2015?</b><p><b>Reveiws by Martin Chilton (and Rebecca Hawkes, where stated). The list is in no particular order.</b><p>See also: <b>best YA books of 2016</b><p><b>1. THE ART OF BEING NORMAL BY LISA WILLIAMSON (DAVID FICKLING BOOKS)</b> <br>Lisa Williamson's debut YA novel The Art …

Books

Reading the revolution: books to look out for in 2015

Elections, empires and the "extreme present" in culture editor Tom Gatti's guide to the coming literary year.<p>Last year 85 per cent of Scots turned …

Books

This Is The Book President Obama Thinks You Should Read

A book recommendation from the Commander-in-Chief himself.

Michael Booth - The Almost Nearly Perfect People - Book Review

The Almost Nearly Perfect People<p>By Michael Booth<p>Picador<br>$26.00<br>ISBN 9781250061966<br>Published 01/27/2015<p>Nonfiction / Society<p>Buy the book<p>Trending Book …

5 Stunning Debut Novels To Add To Your To-Read Pile

A writer's debut is her crucial first chance to introduce her style and themes to a potential readership -- a task that undoubtedly results in absurd amounts of pressure. (A lukewarm review of David Foster Wallace's debut led to several agonizing days holed up in his bedroom.) A critical flop may …

Alan Watts on What Reality Is and How to Become What You Are

This past holiday season, I attended a meditation retreat at a remote but renowned center for “deep change in self and society,” where I was struck — more sharply than I have been before — by our culture’s conflicting values of material success and self-transcendence. That disconnect was manifested …

Alan Watts

7 Books to Get You Through Travel Delays, Bad Company, and Other Holiday-Time Situations

The Most Highlighted Passages From Classic Books

Earlier this year, Amazon's Kindle team revealed which passages are highlighted most frequently across all of their ebooks. Unsurprisingly, lines from Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games trilogy topped off the list of most-highlighted quotes, followed by passages from Jane Austen's <i>Pride and …

Bill Bryson: ‘When I came here the UK was poorer but much better looked after’

The author speaks to Nicholas Wroe about his childhood, the need for higher taxes in Britain and how he never wanted to be a travel writer<p>The news that Bill Bryson is to publish a follow-up to his 1995 travelogue around the UK, <i>Notes from a Small Island</i>, this autumn will bring cheer to readers and …

Books

When Angels Cry: Jennifer Edward's New Novel Promises More Than Fifty Shades of Grey...Sexual Healing

By Nancy Chuda founder and Editor-in-Chief of LuxEcoLiving and co-founder of Healthy Child Healthy World<p>The movie, <i>Fifty Shades of Grey</i> is meant to be released on Valentines Day weekend and the pundits who think the book will still outsell theatrical ticket sales better think twice. E.L James wrote …

Shades of Grey

The 15 New Books to Read in 2015

There are few better ways to start a new year than picking up some fresh perspectives to put into action. Here's a sneak preview of 15 exciting books on business and behavior that will hit the shelves in the first half of the year. I've had the pleasure of reading eight of them so far. If the other …

Self-improvement

Download The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe on His Birthday

Edgar Allan Poe was born on this day 206 years ago. BoingBoing suggests celebrating Poe's birthday with these Vincent Price wines. But seeing that …

Literature

Most-shared books: the favourites we give again and again

Whether for birthdays, words of comfort, or World Book Night, here are the books we can't stop giving<p>While doing my tax return, I totted up the number of books I had bought last year and counted a whopping seven copies of Winifred Watson's 1938 novel <b>Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day</b>.<p>Seven! I hadn't …

The top 10 novels about lost friendships

From JD Salinger to Jonathan Coe, novelist Chris Killen lists the favourite books he’s stuck by while failing to keep up with his real-life connections<p>Read the Guardian’s review of In Real Life by Chris Killen<p>Ian, one of the protagonists of my novel In Real Life, is just as useless a friend as I …

Books

Why Virginia Woolf Should Be Your Feminist Role Model

Although Virginia Woolf is now accepted as a major writer and an early feminist, her work wasn't embraced or widely anthologized until nearly 50 years after her novels were published. Though many of her stories don't adhere to the informal strictures of modernism -- she often voiced her distaste …

Feminism

New Releases 1/13/15 - Unbound Worlds

<b>HARDCOVER</b><p><b>The Deep</b><br>by Nick Cutter<p><b>The Just City</b><br>by Jo Walton<p><b>Near Enemy: A Spademan Novel</b><br>by Adam Sternbergh<p><b>The Providence of Fire</b><br>by Brian Staveley<br>Hardcover<p>…