Agnieszka M. Zieleniec

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Man Booker Prize winner Eleanor Catton targets literary sexism

Running on a mere 2½ hours of sleep and exactly 12 hours after winning the Man Booker Prize for her novel "The Luminaries," Eleanor Catton sat down for an interview with the Guardian's Charlotte Higgins and brought her A game.<p>The 28-year-old novelist from New Zealand, the youngest ever to win the …

98 British publishers folded last year due to e-books, discounts

Ninety-eight British publishers closed their doors in the year ending August 2013. The cause? E-books and online discounts.<p>Closures were up 42% over the previous year, according to the Guardian. The companies that folded included the 26-year-old healthcare publisher Panos London, and Evans …

Nora Ephron has the final word with 'The Most of Nora Ephron'

Amid the tributes that poured out after Nora Ephron's 2012 death, one anecdote was repeated often. It was about Phoebe Ephron, Nora's hard-driving screenwriter mother, who became a cirrhotic alcoholic and on her deathbed instructed her eldest daughter, "You're a reporter, Nora, take notes."<p>Ephron …

Malala's book banned in private schools in Pakistan

Malala Yousafzaihas become an international celebrity. In her book "I Am Malala," the Pakistani teen who survived being shot in the head by a member of the Taliban tells her story. Growing up in her father's school, she was a staunch advocate and public voice for girls' education -- a voice that …

Erica Jong overcomes her fear of flying

Author-poet Erica Jong reflected on "Fear of Flying," her landmark novel that helped fuel the sexual revolution, on the occasion of its 40th anniversary, marked recently with a commemorative reissue.<p><b>Let's start with your fear of flying. Do you still have it?</b><p>I sometimes have a little fear when I get …

Graham Robb's 'Discovery of Middle Earth' offers a new look at Celts

"Anyone who writes about Druids and mysteriously coordinated landscapes," Graham Robb admits, "must expect to be treated with suspicion."<p>Indeed, although the Druids were the learned elite of the ancient Celts, they are better known today as the inspiration for such flaky goings on as the gathering …

For John Grisham, a time to reflect on books and politics

John Grisham is the world's most successful author of legal thrillers (and one baseball novel, last year's "Calico Joe") with sales of more than 275 million copies to his credit. He talked by phone from his office in<p>Charlottesville, Va., about "Sycamore Row." His latest novel returns to Clanton, …

Write. Publish. Repeat.

• <b>Author:</b> Johnny B. Truant & Sean Platt<p><b>Write. Publish. Repeat.</b> <i><br>The No-Luck-Required Guide to Publishing</i><br>In 2013, Johnny B. Truant and Sean Platt published 1.5 million words and made their full-time livings as indie authors. In Write. Publish. Repeat., they tell you how exactly how they did it: how they …

2013 Year in Review: Design Store(y)

Our second year of our column, Design Store(y), sent us around the world spending time inside design-focused shops, interviewing shop owners to hear …

Entire Eucalyptus Tree Displayed at Gallery of Modern Art

This site-specific installation aptly named <i>Eucalyptus</i> is a real eucalyptus tree located at the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane, Australia. Although it has been taken out of its natural environment and placed in man's, this tree still retains its inherent serenity. There are seats in the gallery …

In the shadow of the Holocaust

ONE day Hollywood will spin its yarns around Cornelius Gurlitt, the eccentric 80-year-old recluse who lived quietly for decades in a drab Munich flat …

A nightmare for all

“THIS is a nightmare, I want to go back to Syria,” says Youssef (not his real name), who has fled from his war-torn country and is now in a squalid …

Edward Snowden broadcasts Channel 4's alternative Christmas Day message

Edward Snowden, the whistleblower who prompted a worldwide debate when he leaked a cache of top secret documents about US and UK spying, has recorded a Christmas Day television message in which he calls for an end to the mass surveillance revealed by his disclosures.<p>The short film was recorded for …

Britain 'will be Europe's top economy by 2030'

A rising population, a low-tax regime and insulation from the worst of the eurozone's problems leave Britain on course to overtake Germany as Europe's biggest economy within the next two decades, according to a study released on Thursday.<p>The annual world economic league tables from the Centre for …

The best photographs of 2013 – in pictures

Extreme weather, terrorism, political protests, an emotional film star and the exit and entrance of two popes. The Guardian's features picture editor selects the images that defined 2013 ... and the obligatory selfie shot

Killed by a mouse. Crushed by his own invention. Laughed himself to death. 10 truly bizarre Victorian deaths, courtesy of BBC News Magazine: http://bbc.in/1jIN3a9