Lucie Cook

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North Korea: State of Paranoia by Paul French, review

Is time running out for the world’s most secretive state?<p>One of the most fascinating sections in this highly readable <b>book</b> is about everyday life in Pyongyang, capital of the secretive Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, aka the Hermit Kingdom, the last Stalinist state or, simply, “the suicide …

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The truth about the Tiananmen Square massacre

The events of Tiananmen Square have been erased from Chinese history. On the 25th anniversary of the massacre, eyewitness accounts are tackling this public amnesia<p>To those who watched it unfold – the massive demonstrations across Chinese cities; the sea of protesters’ tents in Tiananmen Square; the …

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Today marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Tiananmen Massacre. Read Liao Yiwu’s essay “Nineteen Days,” in which he chronicles his imprisonment after the atrocity: http://tpr.ly/1oXgaIG.

D-Day Historian Craig Symonds Talks About History’s Most Amazing Invasion

Pre-eminent naval historian Craig L. Symonds talks about how the Allies devised, executed, and then survived the D-Day invasion.<p>June 6, 1944—70 years …

Eimear McBride: a genius easily missed

People are full of praise for our decision to publish A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing. But it would not have been hard to pass News: Eimear McBride wins Baileys prize for A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing<p>Just over an hour before I started writing this article, I was in the Royal Festival Hall in London. …

Book News: Experimental Debut Novel Wins Prestigious Baileys Prize

<i>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</i><p>With her first novel, Eimear McBride has won the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction (formerly the Orange Prize), one of the U.K.'s most prominent literary awards. <i>A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing</i> is a gorgeously odd novel …

Inside the diaries of polygamous wives: Life as an early Mormon woman

Research has uncovered a stunning collection of writings that reveal the complexities of a polygamous life<p>By 1860, Angelina Farley, a farmer’s wife, and Henrietta Williams, a doc­tor’s wife, had plenty of opportunities to cross paths. Both had been born in the Northeast—Angelina in 1830 in New York …

“Writing is neither a happy nor an unhappy occupation—it is something in-between. It is almost a second life ... You have to live first, experience life, and later write about it.” —Ismail Kadare http://tpr.ly/qdvnby

Check-In Interview: Brandon Sanderson - Unbound Worlds

<b>Firefight</b> by Brandon Sanderson will publish January 6, 2015.<p>I’m really looking forward to it. It is the sequel to <b>Steelheart</b> and you’ve probably heard …

Terry Brooks Answers Your April Questions - Unbound Worlds

<b>Gary Kelly writes:</b> Why are you letting MTV do your TV series and not the SyFy channel?<p><b>Terry Brooks replies:</b> $$$$$$.<p>Okay, just kidding. Sort of. First …

The Year of Reading Dangerously: How Fifty Great Books Saved My Life review

Andy Miller's 12-month-long immersion in the classics renewed his zest for life – and produced an inimitable memoir<p>Believers used to put their trust in a single, sacred Good Book, some of it thought to have been personally dictated by God. More recently, American universities based their curriculum …

“Anybody who writes knows you don’t simply write what you believe. You write to find out what you believe, or what you can afford to believe.” —Adam Phillips, from his Art of Nonfiction interview now available in full online: http://tpr.ly/1kPa6wN.

What's the One Key Ingredient Every Great Story Needs?

"You complete me," says the Joker to Batman in <i>The Dark Knight</i>, displaying not just an uncanny grasp of cinema knowledge (he's quoting <i>Jerry Maguire</i>), but an uncharacteristically shrewd grasp of story structure too. Something is confronted by its opposite; Batman meets the Joker, and together both …

7 Tips for Outwitting and OutguessingAlmost Anybody

People are predictable even when they try not to be. Witness the "mind-reading machine" built by computer pioneer Claude Shannon in 1953. A human made a simple mental choice (to throw a switch "left" or "right") and the computer guessed which. When the computer guessed correctly, it won a point; …

THE WRITING LIFE: Writing and Mental Health

<i>by Joseph Jaynes Rositano</i><p>Writers have it tough. It’s not just the endless rejection letters and the slim chances of making a living from their …

Can't Read? Go To the Library

The impending doom of bookstores and libraries is a hot topic these days. For me, a bookseller, the issue is even hotter. Sometimes it feels as though I am surrounded by a modern-day Greek chorus lamenting the demise of my industry. Even Terry Deary, author of the beloved <i>Horrible Histories</i> series …

How Do You Choose a Book Cover That Tells Your Story?

How are book covers made? How do art departments capture an entire story in a single image? It can't be easy. Book cover designers -- especially at big publishing houses -- get descriptions of books by the dozen and have to sort through images and fonts, colors and, well, "feel," for lack of a …

Who should win tonight's Baileys prize for fiction?

Donna Tartt is the bookies' favourite, but that's no guarantee – which other nominees would you have a flutter on?<p>Already the winner of the Pulitzer prize for fiction, Donna Tartt is the bookies' favourite to collect £30,000 as the first winner of the Baileys women's prize for fiction. She will be …

Is your book a self-published masterpiece?

The books have been read, in their dozens, and after heated debate the judges have agreed on the first Guardian/ Legend Times book of the month. We are pleased with our winner – a sparky and funny novel with some wonderful writing in it.<p>So what has this process – the first bout in what will be a …

Books do furnish a room – but not for much longer if Jeff Bezos has his way

The Kindle prophet's vision of a world without paper and its technologies will see the end of 500 years of culture. Hallelujah!<p>"Our vision," wrote the great prophet Bezos, introducing the Kindle way back when, "is that you should be able to read any book in any language that's ever been printed, …

7 Best Book-To-TV Adaptations

Whenever I have a novel out (<i>The Lemon Orchard</i> in trade paperback, May 27) my thoughts turn to casting. I can't help it. A lot of writers dream of feature films, but television--by way of TNT, CBS, Lifetime, and Hallmark Hall of Fame--has always called my name. And after seeing <i>True Detective</i> can …

Thousands call for Michael Gove to go in wake of GCSE English literature row

Petition demanding sack for education secretary sees surge of support bringing signatures close to 110,000<p>More than 100,000 disillusioned members of the public have flocked to sign a petition calling on David Cameron to remove Michael Gove from office following news last week that authors including …

Cameron McAllister's top 10 amazing machines in children's books

The author of The Tin Snail picks his favourite books featuring vehicles, vessels and vavavoom!<p>Like many overgrown schoolboys, I have a thing about cars (in fact pretty much most things with an engine in them). So it only follows that I've written a book based around one. The Tin Snail is inspired …

Are fairytales damaging to children?

Richard Dawkins has denied claims that he said fairytales are harmful to children. Do they encourage supernaturalism or scepticism? Or are they simply entertaining stories?<p>Richard Dawkins has provoked a debate about the impact of fairytales after speaking at the Cheltenham Science …

“It’s Really Insane, Please Don’t Judge Me”: How Indie Author and Publisher Michael J. Seidlinger Does It All

It’s the week after the annual publishing industry extravaganza Book Expo America, and all I keep hearing from friends in the business is just how …

'The Fault In Our Stars' Explainer: Why Everyone You Know Is Freaking Out

"The Fault in Our Stars" has officially reached phenomenon status. You might have just heard about the book-turned-movie about two teens with cancer who fall in love, or perhaps you've been counting down to the movie's release date since the book was announced. Some version of #TFIOS has been …

“What’s it like to write a novel in prison?” Interviews from Black Balloon Publishing and, of course, The Millions. http://www.themillions.com/2014/06/writing-a-novel-in-prison.html

The rejection letters: how publishers snubbed 11 great authors

Baileys Prize winner Eimear McBride isn't the only successful author to have faced rejection<p>After nine years of rejection from publishers, <b>Eimear McBride's debut, A Girl is a Half Formed Thing, won the 2014 Bailey's Prize on Wednesday</b>. But the Irish writer won't be the last to laugh in the face of …

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