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The best recent crime novels – review roundup

American author Megan Abbott’s explorations of the dark heart of female adolescence in novels such as <i>Dare Me</i> and <i>The End of Everything</i> are second to none, and in her latest book, <b>Give Me Your Hand</b> (Picador, £14.99), she presents the equally blood-curdling tale of adult frenemies Kit and Diane. When …

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10 Best Summer Wines For Day Drinking

Nothing says Summer quite like patio drinks at 2 o'clock, and no drink is more refreshing for daytime sipping than a nice, light-bodied wine. While Fall and Winter lend themselves to fruity, bold reds, Summer is all about those crisp whites, smooth Rosés, and, contrary to popular belief, even a few …

Flavors

Writer Chidera Eggerue on what #SaggyBoobsMatter is really about

When Chidera Eggerue, now 23, was a teenager, she knew exactly what she wanted for her 18th birthday. “I told my mum: ‘When I turn 18 and get a job, I’m getting a boob job,’” she says, laughing. “Seriously, what hypothetical job for an 18-year-old was ever going to pay for a boob job? They’re, …

Feminism

My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh review – an experiment in oblivion

One of the pleasures of reading Ottessa Moshfegh is that – unusually, these days – she rarely writes in the present tense. Instead, the sense of immediacy, the sense of being inside a character, the sense of things happening and having psychic value, both to the writer and her reader, is provided …

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Top 10 books about self-reinvention

Who among us hasn’t dreamed at times of revolution, of abandoning our routines and starting fresh, shaking our lives like dice in a cup? Even for one whose situation is perfectly satisfactory, imagining a total disruption can beguile. It’s the ultimate rebellion against mortality, for potential is …

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'There's a lot of negative energy': Damian Marley on weed, politics and his father's exploited image

Even by Rasta standards, Damian Marley’s dreadlocks look incredible. He says he has been growing them since 1996 and they now reach the floor, which is not without problems: a few years back, a video went viral featuring Marley preparing to play football by stuffing his dreads into a backpack. …

Music

Nigel Slater’s summer courgette recipes | Nigel Slater recipes

The courgettes keep on coming. Anyone with a plant in a pot will already be wondering when they are going to stop. By August we will all be begging for mercy. I like them best when they are small, halved or sliced lengthways, cooked on the grill, then dropped into a dressing of olive oil, lemon and …

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Thomasina Miers’ recipe for watermelon and chorizo salad

I am so tempted to make wild and wonderful salads in the summer. Crisp, crunchy, fresh tumbles of texture, bite and colour. Rice salads, warm salads, fresh salads, grilled salads. Some are starters, a celebration of seasonal fruit and veg, while others are heartier – vehicles for a wonderful piece …

Recipes

Our Friends in Berlin by Anthony Quinn – review

A release of MI5 files in 2014 showed how, during the second world war, a London-based agent codenamed Jack King posed as a Gestapo spymaster in order to infiltrate homegrown Nazi sympathisers intent on sabotage. Believing he had a hotline to Hitler, hundreds of Britons fed King intelligence, …

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Best summer books 2018, as picked by writers and cultural figures – part two

Maggie O’Farrell<p>I loved Andrew Sean Greer’s Pulitzer prize-winning <i>Less</i> (Little, Brown) and I can’t think of a better book to stash in your suitcase. It follows Arthur Less – who keeps emphatically reiterating that he is absolutely not heartbroken by his boyfriend marrying someone else – from San …

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A Station on the Path to Somewhere Better by Benjamin Wood review – horror through a child’s eyes

He ends up being transfigured into a full-on sociopath, while his increasingly desperate son watches<p>There is a short passage, two thirds of the way through Benjamin Wood’s elegant and disturbing novel, in which Fran Hardesty, a man described as being perennially of “two weathers”, finally becomes …

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Best summer books 2018, as picked by writers – part one

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie<p>Meg Wolitzer’s <i>The Female Persuasion</i> (Chatto) is wonderfully dense and wise, a page-turner that succeeds both at character and ideas. It felt true to life.<p><i>Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A</i> (Bodley Head) by Danielle Allen, a memoir about the loss of a beloved cousin, is …

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Oreo: Marlon James on a crazy, sexy, forgotten gem of black literature

It’s a novel that reads as the smartest and wildest conversation you’ve ever had<p>Before you set out on any voyage, you better damn well know if you’re running from, or going to. The outlook makes all the difference, and the risk for disappointment, disillusionment or even danger doubles if you’re …

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9 Creative Sides For a Barbecue

Now's the perfect time to head outdoors and fire up the grates for a Summer cookout. You could go for the classic sides — or take the lazy way out and grab some bags of chips — but putting in some extra effort won't go unnoticed by your guests, who are looking forward to what you'll be heating up …

Cooking

Tips, links and suggestions: what are you reading this week?

Welcome to this week’s blog. Here’s our roundupofyour comments and photosfrom last week.<p>First up, MildGloster with a generous take on Paul Auster’s <i>4321:</i><p>Really, really long but also really, really easy to read (intellectually — physically it’s actually difficult to hold up sometimes).It is the story …

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Anna Jones’s cherry recipes

Cherries are hands down my favourite fruit. During these summer weeks, I buy a bag most days. They’re almost always best eaten straight out of the bag, but there are a few recipes where cooked cherries rival fresh. One is this cherry cobbler, an intensely sweet-sour party between cherry and its …

Recipes

Strange Stories of Extraordinary Brains---and What We Can Learn From Them

Sharon remembers the first day it happened, in 1952. She was 5 years old and blindfolded while her friends ran around her, laughing, trying not to be caught in a game of blindman’s bluff. But when she whipped off the scarf, panic set in. The house, the street, even the mountains were in the wrong …

The Brain

25 Must-Read Books That Will Make July Fly By

Do you hear that? It's the sound of your beach bag begging you to stuff it with the Summer's best new books. June already blessed us with a ton of great reads, so it's time to take a peek at what's been arriving on shelves in July. Need a spine-tingling thriller? How about a breezy romance or some …

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Chicken shawarma salad with tahini dressing recipe

Even before they went gourmet, I was a fan of kebabs. As teenagers, my friends and I would dance into the early hours before hitting a particular kebab shop favoured by my best friend, who was Greek and wise enough to know about these things. We’d buy mouthwatering grilled chicken shawarma dressed …

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The Neuroscience of Pain

Brain imaging is illuminating the neural patterns behind pain’s infinite variety.<p>On a foggy February morning in Oxford, England, I arrived at the John Radcliffe Hospital, a shiplike nineteen-seventies complex moored on a hill east of the city center, for the express purpose of being hurt. I had an …

Pain

Ina Garten's Easy Cauliflower Side Is Just as Tasty as You Imagine

Like most cruciferous vegetables, cauliflower can be a tough sell for picky eaters, but we can think of few that wouldn't love this simple, cheesy side. First off, its name is ridiculously charming (cauliflower snowflakes — named such because the pieces resemble that). Secondly, thanks to being cut …

Recipes

Give Your Breakfast a Low-Carb Boost With This Veggie-fied Twist on Toast

<i>This low-carb zucchini toast is thick and delicious and takes less than 40 minutes to make, via PaleoHacks.</i><p>Struggling to find the perfect low-carb bread alternative? What about one that includes Paleo-friendly ingredients and hassle-free cooking? Check out this golden crisp Zucchini Toast to find …

Breakfast

The King and the Catholics by Antonia Fraser review – the emancipation 1829

Fraser is excellent on Ireland. She writes beautifully, and she includes just the right amount of smut<p>Antonia Fraser’s last history book was about the “perilous question” of parliamentary reform in 1832. <i>The King and the Catholics</i> takes on the “abominable question” of Catholic emancipation three …

Christianity

One Store You Aren’t Shopping at but Should Be

If you're a fan of a clean, streamlined aesthetic, and you haven't heard of Muji, prepare to suddenly want to buy a lot of things. Founded in 1980 in …

17 Ways to Put Wine in Your Blender This Summer

Tired of rosé? We don’t fully empathize since we’re all for the pink drink, but if you’re on the hunt for alternative summer-friendly beverages, we …

8 Non-Cookbook Food Books to Read This Summer

Beach reads, train reads, plane reads—they’re all here.<p>One of the underrated things about being an adult is that there’s no such thing as required summer reading—no <i>Beowulf,</i> no <i>The Catcher in the Rye,</i> and no <i>Great Gatsby</i> to read and be ready to discuss in September. You can read whatever you want, …

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The Crossway by Guy Stagg review – a long walk towards wellness

In our increasingly secular times, people may have stopped going to church, yet growing numbers are embracing another religious tradition: the pilgrimage. Guy Stagg quotes a striking statistic. When Spain joined the EU in 1986, fewer than 10 people a year were walking the Camino de Santiago, the …

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Summery Zoodle Recipes to Keep Dinner Healthy and Light

Summer means longer days, weekend getaways, grilling-season, and, of course, the introduction of so many in-season fruits and veggies that make their way into our meals. Zucchini is one of those yummy veggies that is so versatile it can even be eaten as a pasta substitute (aka zoodle). These 15 …

Healthy Eating

20 Chapter Books to Read Aloud With Your Kids

Reading with your child is a great way to increase her interest in books and create a bonding experience. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, reading aloud daily to children helps build language acquisition and literacy skills. With every passing paragraph, you connect with your child …

‘Droll, savvy and soulful’: five new funny writers who'll make you laugh

I’m always surprised when people suggest the golden age for comic writing was the era of Amis (father or son), or Wodehouse, or even Swift. The genre has never been as healthy or as vibrant as it is now, largely because more young women, such as Sloane Crosley, Negin Farsad and Phoebe Robinson, are …

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