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Facebook is 'dead and buried', replaced by simpler networks, study finds

"Where once parents worried about their children joining Facebook, the children now say it is their family that insists they stay there to post about …

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Our 10 Favorite Books Of 2013

This was the year Seamus Heaney died, widely acclaimed as one of the major poets of the 20th century. It also was the year Alice Munro became the 13th woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature.<p>For me personally, it was the year I did something I don't often do -- buy the hardcover copies of a …

Best science fiction books of 2013

It was the year that two science fiction giants, Jack Vance and Doris Lessing, died in the fullness of their age; and the year that robbed us of the myriad-minded Iain Banks, much too young. It was the year in which a number of old masters put out major books: Stephen King's <b>Doctor Sleep</b> (Hodder & …

A Year in Reading: Alice McDermott

I can barely take how good <b>Matthew Salesses</b> is on adoption (1, 2, 3), a fraught and complex subject if you are not adopted, but if you are, which …

The Snow Child

• <b>Author:</b> Eowyn Ivey<p><b>A bewitching tale of heartbreak and hope set in 1920s Alaska, Eowyn Ivey's THE SNOW CHILD was a top ten bestseller in hardback and paperback, and went on to be a Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.</b><p>Alaska, the 1920s. Jack and Mabel have staked everything on a fresh start in a remote …

The Bone Season

• <b>Author:</b> Samantha Shannon<p><b>A dreamer who can start a revolution</b><p>For the past two hundred years the Scion government has led an oppressive campaign against unnaturalness in London.<p>Clairvoyance in all its forms has been decreed a criminal offence, and those who practise it viciously punished. Forced …

The Left Hand of God

• <b>Author:</b> Paul Hoffman<p><b>The Left Hand of God by Paul Hoffman is the gripping first instalment in a remarkable trilogy.</b><p>"Listen. The Sanctuary of the Redeemers on Shotover Scarp is named after a damned lie for there is no redemption that goes on there and less sanctuary."<p>The Sanctuary of the Redeemers is …

The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul

• <b>Author:</b> Deborah Rodriguez<p>In a little coffee shop in one of the most dangerous places on earth, five very different women come together.<p>SUNNY, the proud proprietor, who needs an ingenious plan - and fast - to keep her café and customers safe.<p>YAZMINA, a young pregnant woman stolen from her remote …

Wolf Hall

• <b>Author:</b> Hilary Mantel<p>The greatest literary sensation of recent times – and now the inspiration for a major BBC series, starring Mark Rylance and Damian Lewis and directed by Peter Kosminsky.<p>In this staggeringly brilliant novel, Hilary Mantel brings the opulent, brutal world of the Tudors to bloody, …

The Circle

• <b>Author:</b> Dave Eggers<p><b>NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE starring Tom Hanks, Emma Watson and John Boyega</b><p><b>A thrilling and compulsively addictive novel about our obsession with the internet</b><p>When Mae is hired to work for the Circle, the world's most powerful internet company, she feels she's been given the …