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28 books to read in 2017

We're only in the first month of the new year, but this much is already clear: There are a lot of good books coming our way. From nonfiction that …

Top 10 books about voyeurs

Reading fiction is a variety of voyeurism already, but these stories brilliantly examine the most sinister varieties of looking<p>In Thomas Harris’s The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal Lecter, incarcerated cannibal and ace profiler, tells FBI trainee Clarice Starling that the serial killer she seeks is …

Bibliomania: the strange history of compulsive book buying

An essayist looks into the curious past of pathological collectors – and considers her own lifelong urge to hoard ever more volumes<p>When I was a young woman, I drew a sort of perverse pride from my willingness to skip a meal or two in order to afford books. Soon enough, with the ubiquity of credit …

Books

Bad Dreams by Tessa Hadley review – enthralling short stories

A sleepless mother and daughter wander their house by night while a girl accepts a ride from a stranger in a collection of breathtaking delicacy<p>The title story of Tessa Hadley’s outstanding new collection sits at the heart of the book. It is exquisite, haunting and serves as something of an index …

32 Mindblowing Documentaries On Netflix To Binge-Watch On Your Day Off

Just in time for the holidays.<p><i>Note: Submissions may have been edited for length and/or clarity.</i>

If I Can't Have You

• <b>Author:</b> Gregg Olsen & Rebecca Morris<p><b>In If I Can't Have You, bestselling author Gregg Olsen and co-author Rebecca Morris investigate one of the 21st Century's most puzzling disappearances and how it resulted in the murder of two children by their father.</b><p>Every once in a great while a genuine murder …

Lost Girls

• <b>Author:</b> Robert Kolker<p>Award-winning investigative reporter Robert Kolker delivers a haunting and humanizing account of the true-life search for a serial killer still at large on Long Island, in a compelling tale of unsolved murder and Internet prostitution.<p>One late spring evening in 2010, Shannan …

Lethal Marriage

• <b>Author:</b> Nick Pron<p>WARNING: This book contains graphic descriptions of violence.<br>Karla Homolka and Paul Bernardo might look like the ideal couple, but they were a nation's most despicable killers. Karla began their depraved sex and murder spree by stealing drugs to knock out her little sister. While …

Little Fish Are Sweet

• <b>Author:</b> Matthew Condon<p>"I recall meeting Lewis on a number of occasions in company with Tony Murphy. I recall conversation getting around to payments of money with Murphy and Lewis. Lewis thanked me on several occasions and said 'Little fish are sweet." —Jack 'The Bagman' Herbert in evidence to the …

In Cold Blood

• <b>Author:</b> Truman Capote<p><b>National Bestseller</b> <br>On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues.<p>As …

Serial Killers

• <b>Author:</b> William Murray<p>Serial Killers<p>A well-liked, respected, caring pillar of the community – or an outsider, socially inept and with a frightening appearance? Wearing many different masks, serial killers are among the most disturbing and dangerous violent criminals in existence.<p>They are …

Little Girl Mended

• <b>Author:</b> Niki Krauss<p>No little girl should ever have to learn about sexual abuse at the hands of her father. But I did, and I survived. This is my story.<p><i>Little Girl Mended</i> is both a story of abuse and a story of redemption, spanning more than fifty years. From the loss of innocence at age seven, …

Is this Britain’s most influential book reviewer?

Screen time stops children reading, according to parents and teachers. Which eight-year-old has time to dip into Enid Blyton, when they are busy playing Pokémon Go and their attention span has been reduced to that of a gnat by endless YouTube videos?<p>But the dire warnings don’t quite stack up. At …