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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 …

Books

‘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 …

C.S. Lewis

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 …

Authors

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 …

Books

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 …

Literature

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 …

Books

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 …

Economics

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 …

Writing

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 …

Books

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 …

Lipstick

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 …

Adorable

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

Simply reserve online and pay at the counter when you collect. Available in shop from just two hours, subject to availability.<p>Thank you for your …

Books

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 …

Bollywood

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

Eight years ago, James Crumley passed away, aware that his reputation as possibly the world’s greatest crime writer only extended as far as his …

Crime Fiction

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 …

Books

Fiction Book of the Month: The Improbability of Love

The wonderfully multitalented <b>Hannah Rothschild</b> – filmmaker, company director and, amongst other institutional posts, Chair of the Trustees of the …

Books

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 …

Books

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

<b>Tim Peake has a bird’s eye view of the Sun from the International Space Station. But does being closer to Sun give him a better perspective?</b><p>Tim Peake …

NASA

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 …

Language

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 …

Books

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 …

Books

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 …

Rowan Atkinson

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 …

Books

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 …

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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 …

Birds

The Shepherd's Life

Simply reserve online and pay at the counter when you collect. Available in shop from just two hours, subject to availability.<p>Thank you for your …

Design