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Summer fiction: the best new novels, thrillers, crime books and short stories

Stuck for holiday reading? Whether you’re looking for literary fiction, thrilling page-turners or hardboiled mysteries, our critics have the answer<p>Novels<p>Kudos by Rachel Cusk<p>Few fictional projects have been as subtly shape-shifting as Cusk’s trilogy, starting with Outline (2014) and Transit (2016), …

Creative Writing

9 Page-Turning Spy Novels to Keep You on the Edge of Your Beach Chair

Marked by an exhilarating pace, plenty of dramatic twists and turns, and richly drawn, complex protagonists, spa novels are about as riveting as it …

Yotam Ottolenghi’s recipes for tinned pulses

A can of pulses is the best pantry friend you can have. Yes, there are other serious contenders for that title, but, for me, there is no other bagged, jarred or tinned food that offers such a headstart in creating a quick meal that tastes as if it has been cooked slowly, carefully and thoughtfully …

A cunning plan: Yotam Ottolenghi’s main course recipes for a Christmas party

The secret to cooking for a festive get-together? Organisation, so you can join in with all the fun, too<p>Feeding a crowd is fun, but it requires a fair bit of organisation. Three practical tips, then. First, plan and prepare as much as you can in advance: marinate meat, make sauces and dressings, …

Food

The best crime books and thrillers of 2017

Mark Lawson welcomes the return of George Smiley, drunken spooks and the recreation of a real-life murder trial<p>In literature, as in boxing, great champions have compromised their reputations by going on too long. But entering the ring for the 24th time, at the age of 86, John le Carré remained an …

Books

The Social Muscle

Loneliness and social isolation are deeply physical ailments, on par with obesity and smoking for negative health outcomes. They have a damning effect on productivity, innovation, and organizational commitment, and they exact a high price on individuals, organizations, and our entire society. …

A Patient Fury by Sarah Ward review – classic police procedural

A maverick cop who just won’t let a case go is catnip for crime lovers in the third DC Connie Childs book<p>Crime fans are spoiled for choice these days. But sometimes, what a devoted crime reader wants isn’t anything too fancy. Sometimes, what we want is a good, solid police procedural, preferably …

Prioritize Your Opportunities with This Checklist

How do you evaluate a business opportunity? The world is replete with SWOT mechanisms for evaluating a prospective new product offering, as well as with opportunity assessment templates for evaluating a project against overall business goals, customer impact, strategic potential, and competitive …

Management

5 Key Actions for a Successful Global Career

According to a recent McKinsey Global Institute report, the number of people in the global labor force will reach 3.5 billion by 2030<b>.</b> As a young …

What We Can Learn About Resilience from Female Leaders of the UN

It’s difficult enough to stay resilient in the face of high demands and changing circumstances. Imagine adding extreme physical conditions, threats to personal safety, natural disasters, armed conflict, large numbers of traumatized people, minimal infrastructure, and complex, multi-stakeholder …

Chin Chin's slow-roasted lamb marinated in curry leaf and stir-fried chickpeas recipe

A weekend away doesn’t have to mean eating out every night, with recipes from Melbourne’s favourite restaurant to cook wherever you stay<p>Getting out of town doesn’t have to mean resorting to takeaway food and roadside meat pies. With a bit of preparation, Chin Chin chef Benjamin Cooper says, a meal …

Fish

The best recent thrillers – review roundup

The Susan Effect by Peter Høeg; Suburra by Carlo Bonini and Giancarlo De Cataldo; The Accordionist by Fred Vargas; A Patient Fury by Sarah Ward; and The Frozen Woman by Jon Michelet<p>The late Henning Mankell once said that the book he most wished he’d written was Peter Høeg’s <i>Miss Smilla’s Feeling for</i> …

The Hungry Empire by Lizzie Collingham review – how food shaped the world

An innovative study of British imperial history, structured around 20 dishes, from West African jollof rice to the plum pudding<p>Saturday 18 July 1545 was fish day on the Mary Rose. The crew ate on the cramped gun deck, sitting wherever they could find room. Fish days were not popular, but on this …

The Etsy Shops You Should Buy From, According to the Site's Trend Expert

When I want a unique or vintage item, the first place I check is Etsy. I've found the coolest DIY shorts there, a rose gold bar necklace, and beautiful succulents. But as much as I love browsing the site on my own, Etsy has a huge selection of independent sellers, and it can be tough to navigate …

Clothing

Lonely Label

Censorship, Fear & Genocide Memorials

<i>Anjan Sundaram |</i> Bad News: Last Journalists in a Dictatorship | Doubleday <i>| January 2016 | 27 minutes (7,197 words)</i><p><i>Below is an excerpt from</i> Bad News<i>,</i></i> …

Healthier fries: Baked and roasted veggie recipes that'll satisfy your french fry cravings

Fried foods may be one of life's greatest pleasures, but eating them can have some pretty dire consequences.<p>You don't need us to lecture you about …

Anna Jones’ soup recipes get the year off to a fresh start | The modern cook

Shake up your meals with healthy, fortifying food that tastes great too. Take these broths: one Thai-inspired, the other a ‘not-chicken soup’: remedial and delicious in equal measure<p>The first column of a brave new year. I am an eternal optimist, a believer in new beginnings: we can turn over new …

What to Make With the Can of Black Beans Sitting in Your Cabinet

Canned black beans are just one of those items we always have in our kitchen cabinet. No matter how many times we thwack ourselves on the head after …

4 Ways to Improve Your Strategic Thinking Skills

If you’ve ever received feedback that you “need to be more strategic,” you know how frustrating it can feel. To add insult to injury, the feedback rarely comes with any concrete guidance on what to do about it. One of my coaching clients, Lisa, a vice president of HR, was in this situation and …

I Used a Happiness Planner for 100 Days and This Is What Happened

There’s only one person on earth who could give me a happiness planner without insulting me, and that’s my best friend. She knows I’ve always …

10 Breakout Beauty and Hair Bloggers You Should Follow In 2017

We've been following these beauties all year and hope you do the same after the ball drops.

30 Common Shopping Mistakes We Make — According To Personal Shoppers

At the beginning of 2016, I made a vow to only buy 10 articles of clothing this year (not including basic necessities like underwear and socks). I …

Beauty: Christmas gifts for him indoors

Men love a quality grooming gift, provided it’s not of the novelty variety<p>While beauty departments are stuffed, capon-like, with too many great present ideas, men are frequently sold short with faux vintage razor and bowl sets, or grooming products corralled incongruously into a mug. But in my …

The best recent crime novels – review roundup

The Dry by Jane Harper; The Hermit by Thomas Rydahl; The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer; The Watcher by Ross Armstrong; The Beautiful Dead by Belinda Bauer<p>Parched and crackling after a two-year drought, the Australian town of Kiewarra is the highly combustible setting for Jane Harper’s first novel <b>The</b> …

Books

The 10 best makeup and skincare products for darker skins

From concealers, foundations and facial masks to eyeliners and soaps, here are our favourites from 2016<p>This foundation does “glow” in a way that no other foundations have before. Using pearlised pigments, it creates a satiny sheen to the skin that looks healthy, without being shiny or oily. It is …

The best children’s books of 2016

From tales of migration and crime to wolves, bugs and the difficulty of sharing – Julia Eccleshare’s picks of the year<p><b>We Found a Hat by Jon Klassen</b> (Walker, £12.99)<p>The award-winning author of <i>I Want My Hat Back</i> tells big stories simply. He is at his glorious best in <i>We Found a Hat</i>, which, with a …

Books

Inside Italy’s ultras: the dangerous fans who control the game | Tobias Jones

When a key figure in a powerful ‘ultra’ group killed himself in July, police suspected the mafia was using the ultras to get into the game<p>On 7 July this year, Raffaello Bucci’s body was found at the bottom of the so-called “viaduct of suicides”. Just a day before, he had been interviewed by police …

The best SF and fantasy books of 2016

In a year in which new and important voices from around the world made themselves heard, Adam Roberts reflects on SF’s ever-expanding universe<br>• Vote: What was your favourite book of the year?<p>In 2016, SF and fantasy went global. It wasn’t a question of success – both genres have been globally …

The best crime books and thrillers of 2016

Mark Lawson finds murder in the Scottish Highlands, terror in Paris and visions of war at the Vatican<br>• Vote: What was your favourite book of the year?<p>Crime writing turned up in unexpected places this year. The usually mystery-sniffy Man Booker prize shortlist found a place for Graeme Macrae …