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Book Club: Early One Morning

<b>1. Small acts of heroism during WWII</b><p><i>Early One Morning</i> pivots around one act, one decision, made by a civilian during the Nazi occupation of Rome in …

‘Sounds a bit serious' by Andrew Norriss

A couple of weeks back I found myself in the main hall of a large secondary school watching two hundred Year 7’s file in to listen to me talk. One …

Depression

Q & A: Yvvette Edwards

Yvvette Edwards answers a few questions on her new novel, <i>The Mother</i>, the titular character of which is a mother desperate to discover the truth …

Toni Morrison

Extract: Stephen King's 11.22.63

<i>11.23.66</i> explores the ‘what if’ of time travel; specifically, what if it were possible to travel back to 1966 and prevent the assassination of …

Stephen King

5 Minute Interview: Sathnam Sanghera

Sathnam Sanghera is a journalist, judge of the Wellcome Book Prize 2016, and author of <i>Marriage Material</i> and <i>The Boy with the Topknot</i>. On Thursday …

London

5 Minute interview: Charles Fernyhough

Charles Fernyhough is an author and psychologist whose book <i>The Voices Within: The History and Science of How We Talk to Ourselves</i> is released the …

Sunderland

5 Minute Interview: Marian Keyes

An international publishing phenomenon, Marian Keyes is one of the most successful Irish novelists of all time. She has written 13 novels, been …

Thomas Piketty: Can Growth Save Us?

Can Growth Save Us?<p>September 24, 2013<p>Is it sensible to bet on a return to growth to solve our problems? Of course, 1 percent growth in production and …

Human Geography

Jenni Fagan: Writing In Different Forms

I began writing poetry when I was seven years-old; this was followed by diaries and short stories. In my teenage years I added song lyrics and short …

Poetry

Q & A: M. R. Carey

<b>How was the experience of writing Fellside compared to writing The Girl With All the Gifts?</b><p>It was different in a lot of ways. <i>Fellside</i> took longer in …

Waterstones

Beauty is your Duty: Red lipstick, an official weapon of WWII

During the war years, women were encouraged to take care of their appearance for public morale, including the ‘weaponisation’ of red lipstick. But …

My Sister, the Best Person I know

In the beginning, she was my big sister: three years older, a head taller, and—I knew even then—not like the rest of us. As I grew up, she became my …

Children's Book of the Month: My Brother is a Superhero

Since its release last summer, David Solomons’ rip-roaring adventure for children <i>My Brother is a Superhero</i> soon proved itself as a firm bookseller …

Superheroes

The Book Trail: The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra

The Book Trail is an ingenious website designed to show you how to begin a literary adventure. It allows you to follow in the footsteps of your …

Rediscovered Classic: The Driver's Seat

‘A spiny and treacherous masterpiece’ is how the <i>New Yorker</i> viewed Muriel Spark’s utterly uncompromising short novel <i>The Driver’s Seat</i>. Taut, seductive …

Literature

Thriller of The Month: The Last Good Kiss

Joseph Knobbs, Crime Fiction Buyer for Waterstones, makes his case for an often-neglected masterpiece, The Last Good Kiss by James Crumley, the book …

Thrillers

Non-Fiction Book of The Month: SPQR

Mary Beard belongs to that elite subset of historians who – like Sharma and Starkey – have managed to connect with the public. Her triumphant BBC …

Fiction Book of the Month: The Improbability of Love

Our Fiction Book of the Month is Hannah Rothschild's Improbability of Love, a gloriously knowing novel of art, intrigue and love, in all its many …

Popular Fiction

Reviews: At the Edge of the Orchard/ How to Measure a Cow

Tracy Chevalier’s spares no details in her new novel <i>At the Edge of the Orchard</i>. Set in 19th Century Ohio, the Black Swamp homes pioneer family, the …

North America

Tripfiction: ten books set in Cuba

Cuba is on the brink of change. President Obama, who visted the island this month, will be the second sitting US President in history to go to …

Cuba

15 Million Degrees by Lucie Green

Lucie Green is not just a Professor of Physics, she is a Royal Society University Research Fellow based at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory, …

Physics

Extract: Maggie O'Farrell This Must be The Place

There is a man and the man is me.<p>I am at the back door, tobacco tin in hand, and I am watching something in the trees, a figure, standing at the …

Seat Belt

The Panthers and the Museum of Fire, Beautiful Broken Things and more

<b>Gav picked:</b><p>In the spirit of New Year’s Resolutions, yes I know it’s March, I’ve been reading some personal development non-fiction. Two books in …

Literature

Five things we loved this week

<b>Production draws on into the night</b><p>The<p>adult-colouringbook craze has reached new heights and decimated the world’s supply of pencils; in order to meet …

10 things you never knew about Georges Simenon

1. Georges Simenon is regarded as one of the finest mystery writers that ever lived, rivalled only by Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle and Edgar …

Batman v Superman: five great graphic novels

The Dark Knight Vs the Man of Steel. Clark Kent Vs Bruce Wayne. A God Vs a Man.<p>This is what will be occupying pop culture for foreseeable future …

Batman

The 2016 International Dylan Thomas Prize shortlist is announced

Now in its tenth year, the annual International Dylan Thomas Prize is one of the most prestigious - and richest - prizes for young writers. It awards …

Dylan Thomas

One Minute with Donna Leon

<b>Where are you now and what can you see?</b><p>In Venice, looking at three portraits: a 17th century portrait of Saint Catherine of Alexandria, a 16th …

Love

Q & A: James MacDonald Lockhart

<b>Can you describe Raptor in your own words?</b><p><i>Raptor</i> is about a journey or, more accurately, a series of journeys I made to search for each of the 15 …

Writing