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Andrew Marr's Head of State

Cock of the Walk

A dirty wind gusted. There were just three days to go before the referendum that would settle Britain’s destiny. The Golden Cockerel …

Book Marks: Sophie Kinsella

Everybody always talks about the rolling boulder in Raiders of the Lost Ark, what's your literary equivalent? And why has it stayed with you? They …

Authors

"Like hell, honey."

My grandmother always spoke in a low, gravelly voice. “I love you like hell, honey,” she would say.

Lest the word “grandmother” mislead you, she was …

Honey

How has publishing changed in the last 300 years?

In the winter of 1716 Alexander Pope – the most celebrated poet of his age – deliberately poisoned a bookseller. It’s fair to say that this was a low …

Authors

I am a book bigamist

I can feel it at all times, you know. The constant knowledge of my unfaithfulness. No matter what I’m doing, it’s there. Whenever I see a couple …

Literature

Book Club: The Year of Reading Dangerously

Andy Miller had a job he enjoyed and a family he loved. But, horrifyingly, there was no time for reading. Despite his busy life, he still wanted to …

Reading

Book Club: The Girls from Corona Del Mar

'From their early years in Corona del Mar, through India and into Turkey, Rufi Thorpe tells the story of an incredibly complex, often painful and at

Kids

The End Papers - 07/06/15

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United Kingdom

Keeping literature alive in Soviet Russia

In the 1970s, when I was a student at Leningrad University, I sat in my apartment close to the city center and typed pages of forbidden books through …

Literature

Cover Reveal: Terry Pratchett's final Discworld novel, The Shepherd's Crown

The cover for Terry Pratchett's final Discworld novel, The Shepherd's Crown, has been revealed! Exact plot details are still scarce, all we know so …

Terry Pratchett

Music to read by: A Book of Scars

William Shaw,authorof A Book of Scars, discusses the music behind his Breen and Tozer series. Explore Sixties London through the music and listen to …

Waterstones

The Year I Met You

In Cecelia Ahern's The YearI Met You, sometimes an ending is just a new beginning. For Jasmine, losing her job feels like she has lost everything. …

Grandparents

This Week's Offers - 4th June 2015

As you'd expect from John Cleese, this is a candid and brilliantly funny story of how a tall, shy youth from Weston-super-Mare went on to become a …

John Cleese

Ali Smith wins the 2015 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction

Tonight, Ali Smith's How to be Both was announced as the winner of the £30,000 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction.

Following a unique dual-narrative, How

Popular Fiction

Alexander McCall Smith reimagines Emma

Beloved author Alexander McCall Smith brings Austen's classic Emma into the modern age with all the wit you'd expect from both authors.

Sometimes it …

Jane Austen

Rediscovered Classics: Bonjour Tristesse

Starting this month, our booksellers will be choosing a classic novel that they've always meant to read but never have. The sort of books which sit …

Great Books

Fifty Shades of Grey returns...

Grey will retell the events of the series but from Christian Grey's point of view. It will be published in two weeks (!) on 18th June. Eagle-eyed …

Fifty Shades of Grey

Fiction Book of the Month - The Versions of Us

We all make hundreds of decisions each day that each set us down a path we wouldn't have otherwise gone down. A constant, ever-changing future …

Popular Fiction

Non-fiction Book of the Month - How Not to Be Wrong

I would always say that I have a 'writing brain'. I like abstract concepts and ridiculous debates about words and whether language can ever truly …

Mathematics

Book Club: The Architect's Apprentice

In sixteenth-century Istanbul: a stowaway named Jahun arrives in the city bearing an extraordinary gift for the Sultan. He brings with him Chota, a …

Sultan

Book Club: The Opposite of Loneliness

It's impossible to talk about this book without mentioning Marina Keegan. A brilliant young woman who, five days after graduating magna cum laude …

Writing

Opening Lines: The Mountain Can Wait

There's nothing more exciting than discovering a new voice, writing at the start of their career. That's why we're highlighting our favourite debut …

Popular Fiction

Weekend Reads - Eye: A renaissance of vision

Ancient Greek opinion was that vision was possible because of a divine fire within the eye – the lens was a kind of transmitter that beamed energy …

Literature

James Bond will return in...Trigger Mortis

Anthony Horowitz joins Sebastian Faulks, Jeffery Deaver and William Boyd in the exclusive club of authors who've written new James Bond novels. …

James Bond

The End of Days wins the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize

The End of Days is a story of the twentieth-century traced through the various possible lives of one woman. Moving from a small Galician town at the …

Historical Fiction

Book Club: Family Life

As The Folio Society has decided not to renew its support of the Literature Prize, Akhil Sharma's Family Life has the honour of being the final winner …

Books (India)

The Second Half

Newly updated, The Second Half is a brutally honest and frank memoir from one of the most iconic and opinionated footballers of recent years. Written …

Run, Ride, Sink or Swim

There are all sorts of things that run through your mind whilst treading water just before the start gun of a triathlon. Wriggling about in a lake …

Triathlons

Book Club: The Peripheral

FlynneFisher thinks she is living the dream that many yearn for - playing elaborate computer games for money. Yet after she witnesses a graphic …

William Gibson