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Issue 50 / December 2012

June 2010

Books of The Times: Strange Water in Michael Koryta’s ‘So Cold the River’

Michael Koryta’s novel looks at an old Indiana resort and mysterious bottled water.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Wednesday, 30 June, 2010

Penguin Books celebrates its 75th birthday

Publisher holds its birthday in Bristol, the home of its founder, Allen LaneEveryone had a favourite Penguin tale: the time a collection of Jacobean plays fell apart because an electric fire melted the glue binding it together; the pride felt... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Wednesday, 30 June, 2010

HMV looks forward to happy Christmas after World Cup distraction

HMV says it expects better times ahead as Waterstone's sees sales upliftHMV Group claims a quiet start to summer trading, with shoppers distracted by the World Cup, will be more than offset by a strong surge in sales in the... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Wednesday, 30 June, 2010

Wonder Woman gets new outfit after 69 years

Makeover of superhero to celebrate 600th edition of Wonder Woman comics... More...

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Wednesday, 30 June, 2010

Bulwer-Lytton prize for bad writing goes to 'inappropriate' gerbil sentence

Award for world's worst writing goes to author Molly Ringle's comparison of a lovers' kiss with the sucking of a thirsty rodentA sentence comparing a kiss to the sucking of a very thirsty gerbil has won Seattle-based novelist Molly Ringle... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Wednesday, 30 June, 2010

Tarzan set to swing into 21st century with new series of novels

Edgar Rice Burroughs estate backs new series of children's books by author Andy Briggs, designed to bring the bare-chested jungle hero up to dateJane has an iPod and Tarzan is facing up to environmental catastrophe: following literary excursions into the... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Wednesday, 30 June, 2010

Manchester prepares for its first children's book festival

The poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, directs a festival featuring a string of well-known authors that takes children's voices as its theme... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Wednesday, 30 June, 2010

Small Stores See Google as Ally in E-Book Market

Google may soon become the primary source of e-books on the Web sites of hundreds of independent booksellers.... More...

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Wednesday, 30 June, 2010

BBC reunites Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson

The stars of the 1995 Oscar-winning film Sense and Sensibility will appear in a one-off drama about a failed love affair... More...

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Wednesday, 30 June, 2010

The rise of 'Dalit lit' marks a new chapter for India's untouchables

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Wednesday, 30 June, 2010

Wonder Woman, 69, Has Style and Mythos Makeover

DC Comics’ famous Amazon, created in 1941, is getting a new costume and alternative history for her 600th issue.... More...

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Tuesday, 29 June, 2010

Books of The Times: David Means Colors His Stories Dark in ‘The Spot’

A new collection of dark stories from David Means, author of “The Secret Goldfish.”... More...

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Tuesday, 29 June, 2010

Private Trauma Gives Jessica Stern Insights on Terrorism

Jessica Stern, an expert on terrorism, revisits her own early encounter with horrific crime in a new memoir.... More...

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Tuesday, 29 June, 2010

Books on Science: When the Day After Tomorrow Has Come

Some scientists say “geoengineering” ideas should be tested now, before it’s too late.... More...

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Tuesday, 29 June, 2010

JM Coetzee rocks the house | Alison Flood

Notoriously straight-faced South African author had his audience roaring at a recent appearance – and apparently smiledStop the presses, hold the front page: reports are trickling out that the notoriously po-faced Nobel laureate JM Coetzee cracked a rare smile last... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Tuesday, 29 June, 2010

Plato's stave: academic cracks philosopher's musical code

Historian claims Plato's manuscripts are mathematically ordered according to 12-note scale... More...

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Tuesday, 29 June, 2010

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry commemorated by Google doodle

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, French author and aviator best-known for his book The Little Prince, is celebrated by Google doodle – he would be 110 todayThe Little Prince travelled from his home asteroid through the universe to end up in the... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Tuesday, 29 June, 2010

Books: Compelling Stories, if Not Literature

Every patient has a story; how good it is depends on your own experience.... More...

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Tuesday, 29 June, 2010

Books of The Times: In ‘The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet’ David Mitchell Writes of Edo-Era Japan

David Mitchell’s novel describes a young man out to make his fortune who discovers a complicated world in a closed-off country.... More...

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Monday, 28 June, 2010

Authors fear cut in income from library loans

Budget for Public Lending Right scheme, which pays just over six pence per loan, is already being reduced by 3% this yearMinor romantic novelists might not be the first group to come to mind when you consider deprived victims of... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Monday, 28 June, 2010

Harper Lee breaks silence - just - for Mockingbird anniversary

Reclusive author talks to Mail on Sunday for 50th anniversary of To Kill a Mockingbird, but reporter had to promise not to mention her Pulitzer-winning novelAlong with Thomas Pynchon and the late JD Salinger, Harper Lee is one of the... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Monday, 28 June, 2010

Novel by Fox News's rightwing star tops bestseller lists

Rightwing Fox News host Glenn Beck's apocalyptic political thriller The Overton Window debuts at top of New York Times bestseller list, despite critical maulingFox News host Glenn Beck's apocalyptic political thriller has shrugged off a pile of bad reviews to... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Monday, 28 June, 2010

82-year-old lands first book deal

'Gobsmacked' Myrrha Stanford-Smith makes novel debut with The Great LieAn 82-year-old woman is celebrating after landing a book deal for her debut novel.... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Monday, 28 June, 2010

The iPhone apps throwing light on best-selling books

Authors such as Iain Banks and Martina Cole are increasingly supplementing book releases with apps full of bonus material... More...

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Monday, 28 June, 2010

Books of The Times: Patricia Morrisroe vs. Insomnia in ‘Wide Awake’

In “Wide Awake,” Patricia Morrisroe chronicles her insomnia and the search for a good night’s sleep.... More...

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Sunday, 27 June, 2010

As literary world's floodgates open, who must wade through the slush? Yes, us

Writers are self-publishing to get around the gatekeepersThe current revolution taking place in publishing is much celebrated. But Laura Miller pointed out in Salon.com last week it is worth looking at who exactly is "lining up to dance on the... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Sunday, 27 June, 2010

Scene Stealer: Why Hollywood Marketers Still Flock to Comic-Con

Big studios make animated and fantasy films for the masses, but that doesn’t stop them from attending the insider phenomenon known as Comic-Con.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Saturday, 26 June, 2010

Roll-Up Computers and Their Kin

Will e-readers eventually be implanted in our retinas? Maybe not, but you might be able to unfurl them on the subway.... More...

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Saturday, 26 June, 2010

30 Seconds With Patrick McEnroe: Little Brother, Big Plans

John McEnroe’s younger brother, Patrick, has recently had his new book, “Hardcourt Confidential,” published.... More...

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Saturday, 26 June, 2010

About New York: Marie Ponsot, the Poet, Hunts for Language Lost

Marie Ponsot is trying to figure out what it is that she no longer knows.... More...

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Saturday, 26 June, 2010

Noticed: The New Power of Petite Women

In books, movies and TV shows, tiny women are shattering stereotypes and appearing as aggressive characters spoiling for a fight.... More...

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Friday, 25 June, 2010

Book Review - Still on Call - By Richard Stern

The Chicago writer Richard Stern’s essays cover many topics, including departed contemporaries.... More...

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Friday, 25 June, 2010

Book Review - The Devil’s Casino - Friendship, Betrayal, and the High-Stakes Games Played Inside Lehman Brothers - By Vicky Ward

A look at the internal rivalries that undermined Lehman Brothers, one of Wall Street’s most powerful firms.... More...

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Friday, 25 June, 2010

Book Review - Mr. Peanut - By Adam Ross

Adam Ross’s daring first novel is a bleakly convincing portrayal of the eternal contest that often passes for a marriage.... More...

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Friday, 25 June, 2010

Risk Mismanagement

Stories and analysis of the banking crisis from a former chief of Bear Stearns and a financial journalist.... More...

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Friday, 25 June, 2010

David Mitchell Bends Fiction

In his genre-bending fiction, the British writer shows that the novel can still be reinvented.... More...

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Friday, 25 June, 2010

Book Review - Dear Money - By Martha McPhee

In Martha McPhee’s novel, a writer succumbs to the lure of wealth on Wall Street.... More...

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Friday, 25 June, 2010

Book Review - Crisis Economics - By Nouriel Roubini and Stephen Mihm

The man who saw the crash coming gazes into the economic future.... More...

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Friday, 25 June, 2010

Book Review - More Money Than God- By Sebastian Mallaby

Sebastian Mallaby’s smart history of the hedge fund business glorifies its moguls and their financial machines.... More...

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Friday, 25 June, 2010

Paperback Row

Paperback books of particular interest.... More...

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Friday, 25 June, 2010

Editors’ Choice

Recently reviewed books of particular interest.... More...

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Friday, 25 June, 2010

Fiction Chronicle - Books by Gabrielle Burton, Lee Smith, Anchee Min, Stephanie Cowell and Sarah Moss

Books by Gabrielle Burton, Lee Smith, Anchee Min, Stephanie Cowell and Sarah Moss.... More...

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Friday, 25 June, 2010

Essay: Borges on Pleasure Island

To truly understand Borges, we may need to read Robert Louis Stevenson — as he himself did, obsessively.... More...

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Friday, 25 June, 2010

Book Review - Double Happiness - Stories - By Mary-Beth Hughes

A 21st-century malaise has taken hold of these stories’ characters, many of whom are skeptical of their own goodness.... More...

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Friday, 25 June, 2010

Book Review - How Pleasure Works - By Paul Bloom

An evolutionary psychologist explains what drives humans to seek the pleasures they do, sometimes in unexpected places.... More...

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Friday, 25 June, 2010

Book Review - Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man - By Bill Clegg

A New York literary agent’s account of his disastrous surrender to crack rings true in blunt, brutal strokes.... More...

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Friday, 25 June, 2010

Book Review - Imperial Bedrooms - By Bret Easton Ellis

A quarter of a century on, Bret Easton Ellis returns to Los Angeles and the out-of-control characters of his first novel, “Less Than Zero.”... More...

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Friday, 25 June, 2010

Book Review - The Passage - By Justin Cronin

Justin Cronin’s dystopian epic imagines a military-engineered race of vampires unleashed on the world.... More...

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Friday, 25 June, 2010

The Muslim Past

Two historians examine Islam’s role in the Middle East, present and past.... More...

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Friday, 25 June, 2010

TBR: Inside the List

Glenn Beck’s new political thriller knocks Stieg Larsson out of No. 1. But weep not for the Swede.... More...

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Friday, 25 June, 2010

Alan Plater dies at 75

Playwright and author of TV dramas including The Beiderbecke Affair, Fortunes of War and A Very British Coup... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Friday, 25 June, 2010

Up Front: Scott Turow

Despite his success as a novelist, Scott Turow has never given up his day job as a lawyer.... More...

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Friday, 25 June, 2010

Today's vampire – a needy, neurotic wimp

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Friday, 25 June, 2010

Drunk writers were better sober, says psychiatrist

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Friday, 25 June, 2010

Antiques: Antiques Beach Reading (Yep, That’s Right)

This year’s crop of books includes “Lost Rights,” about a copy of the Bill of Rights, and “The Art Detective,” in which mislabeled paintings are unmasked.... More...

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Thursday, 24 June, 2010

Books of The Times: Jessica Stern’s ‘Denial’ Returns to a Dark Past

A memoir from Jessica Stern, an expert on terrorism who has also experienced a form of it: she was raped at 15.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Thursday, 24 June, 2010

Paperback Nonfiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. EAT, PRAY, LOVE, by Elizabeth Gilbert2. THREE CUPS OF TEA, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin3. ARE YOU THERE, VODKA? IT'S ME, CHELSEA, by Chelsea Handler4. MY HORIZONTAL LIFE, by Chelsea Handler5. BLINK, by... More...

From: NYT > Books

Thursday, 24 June, 2010

Paperback Mass-Market Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, by Stieg Larsson2. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE, by Stieg Larsson3. BLACK HILLS, by Nora Roberts4. THE BOURNE DECEPTION, by Eric Van Lustbader5. MEDUSA, by Clive Cussler with... More...

From: NYT > Books

Thursday, 24 June, 2010

Paperback Trade Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, by Stieg Larsson2. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE, by Stieg Larsson3. LITTLE BEE, by Chris Cleave4. SWIMSUIT, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro5. BEST FRIENDS FOREVER, by Jennifer... More...

From: NYT > Books

Thursday, 24 June, 2010

Hardcover Nonfiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. ---- MY DAD SAYS, by Justin Halpern2. MEDIUM RAW, by Anthony Bourdain3. THE BIG SHORT, by Michael Lewis4. THE LAST STAND, by Nathaniel Philbrick5. SPOKEN FROM THE HEART, by Laura Bush... More...

From: NYT > Books

Thursday, 24 June, 2010

Hardcover Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. THE OVERTON WINDOW, by Glenn Beck2. THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST, by Stieg Larsson3. THE LION, by Nelson DeMille4. THE PASSAGE, by Justin Cronin5. WHIPLASH, by Catherine Coulter... More...

From: NYT > Books

Thursday, 24 June, 2010

Neil Gaiman wins Carnegie medal | Alison Flood

The science fiction and fantasy novelist Neil Gaiman has added the UK's top children's literature prize to his roster of awards, as The Graveyard Book wins the Carnegie medalA novel he came up with 25 years ago but put aside... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Thursday, 24 June, 2010

Literary critic rails at 'Jedward' of novelists

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Thursday, 24 June, 2010

Books of The Times: Bret Easton Ellis’s ‘Imperial Bedrooms’

Bret Easton Ellis’s new novel returns to the characters of his debut novel, who are now 25 years older.... More...

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Wednesday, 23 June, 2010

David Cronenberg to direct Lethem's As She Climbed Across the Table

Cronenberg returns to The Fly territory with strange tale of a man who loses his love to a shapeless voidIn recent years, he's successfully moved into more mainstream, if indubitably classy, fare but David Cronenberg's latest project looks like a... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Wednesday, 23 June, 2010

Bookstore in Capital Seeks Its Next Chapter

Politics and Prose, an independent bookstore in Washington, is up for sale, and literary and political figures have indicated an interest in buying it.... More...

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Wednesday, 23 June, 2010

Books of The Times: ‘Extra Lives’: Tom Bissell’s Video Game Manifesto

Tom Bissell’s new book seeks to convince the uninitiated that video games can have meaning and depth.... More...

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Tuesday, 22 June, 2010

'Tome raider' jailed again for stealing antique books

Serial book thief William Jacques stole books worth £40,000 from a London library, a court hears... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Tuesday, 22 June, 2010

Descartes letter found by web surfer heads home to France

Letter stolen by notorious 19th-century book thief Guglielmo Libri had been gathering dust in a US college library... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Tuesday, 22 June, 2010

Sharon Dogar fights back over 'sexed up' Anne Frank novel

Children's novelist defends Annexed, which re-imagines the relationship between Anne Frank and Peter van PelsThe contested legacy of Anne Frank, the teenage girl whose diaries have captured the imagination of generations and brought to life the horrors of the Holocaust,... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Tuesday, 22 June, 2010

Books on Science: A History of Science, With Plenty of Side Trips

In “Never Pure,” Steven Shapin provides voluminous and sometimes fascinating information about where, how and by whom science was produced.... More...

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Tuesday, 22 June, 2010

Carlos Monsiváis, Mexican Who Wrote of the Great and the Humble, Dies at 72

Mr. Monsiváis, not well known outside of Mexico, chronicled political foibles, social issues and the dignity of everyday life.... More...

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Tuesday, 22 June, 2010

Technology 'is replacing reading'

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Tuesday, 22 June, 2010

Books of The Times: Marital Death Wish: ‘Mr. Peanut’ by Adam Ross

In his first novel, Adam Ross writes about husbands who fantasize about killing their wives.... More...

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Monday, 21 June, 2010

Tom Stoppard in warning over decline of 'printed page' in education

Dramatist expresses fears that the 'moving image' and 'world of technology' are eclipsing the call of literature... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Monday, 21 June, 2010

Hilary Mantel wins Walter Scott historical fiction prize for Wolf Hall

Booker and NBCC winner Hilary Mantel adds to her haul of accolades by taking inaugural Walter Scott awardThe novelist Hilary Mantel added another literary award to her NBCC and Booker prizes when Wolf Hall won the inaugural Walter Scott prize... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Monday, 21 June, 2010

John Updike’s Archive: A Great Writer at Work

An advance look at the documents, which show the painstaking care he took to establish his style.... More...

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Monday, 21 June, 2010

In ‘Blockade Billy,’ King Mixes His Two Passions

Stephen King’s latest novella creates a catching phenom with a horrible secret.... More...

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Monday, 21 June, 2010

Books of The Times: Jennifer Egan’s ‘Visit From the Goon Squad’

In the novel “A Visit From the Goon Squad,” Jennifer Egan explores the relentless passage of time on individual lives, set against the backdrop of the rock music business.... More...

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Monday, 21 June, 2010

Henry Winkler: 'I first read a novel when I was in my thirties. Now I'm a writer'

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Monday, 21 June, 2010

Tiananmen Square memoir axed by Hong Kong publisher

Bao Pu says print run of alleged memoir of China's former premier Li Peng stopped due to copyright problemsA Hong Kong publisher said today that he had scrapped plans to publish an alleged insider account of the decision-making behind Beijing's... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Sunday, 20 June, 2010

Former Chinese Premier’s Memoirs Blocked

The publisher of a memoir by Li Peng, the former Chinese prime minister, said he was told by Chinese authorities that publication would violate copyright laws.... More...

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Sunday, 20 June, 2010

Off the Shelf: Perspective on the Oil Spill (Before It Began)

A new book by Tom Bower offers a global view of the oil industry over the last two decades.... More...

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Sunday, 20 June, 2010

Unboxed: Yes, People Still Read, but Now It’s Social

Anyone reading on the Amazon Kindle can see highlights under passages that other people liked, a reminder that exchanging ideas can be more fruitful than solitary reflection.... More...

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Sunday, 20 June, 2010

Martin Amis dismisses politics of Britain as an irrelevance

Novelist brands MPs touchy, vain, and power-hungry men, and calls for more female traits in governmentThe novelist Martin Amis yesterday dismissed Britain as a global irrelevance dominated by "touchy, vain, power-hungry male politicians" who are all but irrelevant.... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Sunday, 20 June, 2010

Book Review - Hitch-22 - By Christopher Hitchens

In this memoir, Christopher Hitchens converts his tender memories to larger observation about politics.... More...

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Saturday, 19 June, 2010

Friends Publish Book After Author’s Death

Six years after Jack Rosenblatt’s death, his friends got together and published his detective novel.... More...

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Saturday, 19 June, 2010

Portuguese writer Saramago dies at 87

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Saturday, 19 June, 2010

Stolen Shakespeare folio is given its day in court

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Saturday, 19 June, 2010

Catching Up With: Pat Benatar’s Memoir Takes a Shot at the Bullies

Pat Benatar calls herself “a sweet little dog who will bite you in the knee if necessary.”... More...

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Friday, 18 June, 2010

Book Review - Girl by the Road at Night - By David Rabe

David Rabe returns to Vietnam with a love story set far from the combat zone.... More...

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Friday, 18 June, 2010

'A poet of great eminence': Geoffrey Hill's landslide victory restores prestige to Oxford professorship

Triumph of 78-year-old will help dispel memory of last year's scandal-hit contestThe scandal which has dogged the position of Oxford professor of poetry since last year may finally be dispelled by the landslide victory of esteemed British poet Geoffrey Hill... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Friday, 18 June, 2010

Book Review - Extra Lives - Why Video Games Matter - By Tom Bissell

The best account yet of what it feels like to be a video gamer at a time when humanity is encountering a new form of storytelling.... More...

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Friday, 18 June, 2010

Crime: Mystery Novels by John Harvey, Jeffery Deaver, Martyn Waites and Sophie Hannah

Mystery novels by John Harvey, Jeffery Deaver, Martyn Waites and Sophie Hannah.... More...

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Friday, 18 June, 2010

Book Review - One Day - By David Nicholls

This novel checks in year by year on the confused, halting romance of two children of the ’80s, she an outspoken lefty, he an apolitical toff.... More...

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Friday, 18 June, 2010

Book Review - Globish - By Robert McCrum

How English has gone global, and why it’s unlikely to fade away.... More...

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Friday, 18 June, 2010

Children’s Books: Bookshelf - More Books Reviewed

More books reviewed.... More...

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Friday, 18 June, 2010

Young Adult: Book Review - The Rise and Fall of Senator Joe McCarthy - By James Cross Giblin

A carefully researched biography of Senator Joe McCarthy for teens.... More...

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Friday, 18 June, 2010

Children’s Books: The Birthday Ball - By Lois Lowry - Illustrated by Jules Feiffer

A comic fairy tale from a Newbery Medal-winning children’s author and a Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist.... More...

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Friday, 18 June, 2010

Children’s Books: Under the Spotlight

In “A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend,” a heroine faces grief and sexual ambivalence; in “Will Grayson, Will Grayson,” a gay football player inspires two Wills.... More...

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Friday, 18 June, 2010

Book Review - Russia Against Napoleon - By Dominic Lieven

Tolstoy had it wrong, a historian says — it took more than luck and snow to defeat Napoleon.... More...

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Friday, 18 June, 2010

Book Review - Sweetness and Blood - By Michael Scott Moore

An American journalist living in Germany travels from Cuba to Gaza to Japan to find how surfing caught on.... More...

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Friday, 18 June, 2010

Book Review - A Fierce Radiance - By Lauren Belfer

Set in the early days of penicillin, this ambitious medical thriller combines history, commercial rivalry, espionage and thwarted love.... More...

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Friday, 18 June, 2010

Book Review - The Lost Cyclist - By David V. Herlihy

An account of two 19th-century American bicyclists who pedaled across cultures and into massacres.... More...

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Friday, 18 June, 2010

Paperback Row

Paperback books of particular interest.... More...

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Friday, 18 June, 2010

Editors’ Choice

Recently reviewed books of particular interest.... More...

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Friday, 18 June, 2010

TBR: Inside the List

Glenn Beck gives a big fist bump to “The Road to Serfdom,” the classic 1944 free-market treatise by the Austrian economist Friedrich von Hayek.... More...

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Friday, 18 June, 2010

Nobel laureate José Saramago dies, aged 87

The finest Portuguese writer of his generation, José Saramago, has died todayThe Portuguese novelist José Saramago, who explored Portugal's troubled political identity in a series of novels published over the last four decades and won the Nobel prize for literature... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Friday, 18 June, 2010

Geoffrey Hill wins Oxford Professor of Poetry election by landslide

'Greatest living poet in the English language', who celebrates his 78th birthday today, voted in ahead of nine other candidatesHis academic credentials and plethora of literary prizes have meant that Geoffrey Hill has been the frontrunner for the post of... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Friday, 18 June, 2010

José Saramago, Nobel Prize-Winning Portuguese Writer, Dies at 87

The Portuguese writer, 87, was known as much for his unfaltering Communist views as for his surrealist, sardonic novels.... More...

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Friday, 18 June, 2010

Nobel Prize-Winning Writer Saramago Dead at 87

Jose Saramago’s publisher says that the Nobel-winning Portuguese novelist has died at 87.... More...

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Friday, 18 June, 2010

Up Front: Jennifer Senior

Jennifer Senior has profiled everyone from Barack Obama to the choreographer Mark Morris to Isabel Swift of Harlequin Enterprises.... More...

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Friday, 18 June, 2010

Paperback Nonfiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. EAT, PRAY, LOVE, by Elizabeth Gilbert2. THREE CUPS OF TEA, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin3. ARE YOU THERE, VODKA? IT'S ME, CHELSEA, by Chelsea Handler4. MY HORIZONTAL LIFE, by Chelsea Handler5. THE GLASS... More...

From: NYT > Books

Thursday, 17 June, 2010

Paperback Mass-Market Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, by Stieg Larsson2. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE, by Stieg Larsson3. BLACK HILLS, by Nora Roberts4. THE BOURNE DECEPTION, by Eric Van Lustbader5. THE DOOMSDAY KEY, by James... More...

From: NYT > Books

Thursday, 17 June, 2010

Paperback Trade Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, by Stieg Larsson2. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE, by Stieg Larsson3. LITTLE BEE, by Chris Cleave4. BEST FRIENDS FOREVER, by Jennifer Weiner5. SOUTH OF BROAD, by Pat Conroy... More...

From: NYT > Books

Thursday, 17 June, 2010

Hardcover Nonfiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. ---- MY DAD SAYS, by Justin Halpern2. MEDIUM RAW, by Anthony Bourdain3. SPOKEN FROM THE HEART, by Laura Bush4. THE BIG SHORT, by Michael Lewis5. WAR, by Sebastian Junger... More...

From: NYT > Books

Thursday, 17 June, 2010

Hardcover Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST, by Stieg Larsson2. THE LION, by Nelson DeMille3. THE PASSAGE, by Justin Cronin4. THE HELP, by Kathryn Stockett5. THE SPY, by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott... More...

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Thursday, 17 June, 2010

Books of The Times: Harvey Sachs’s ‘Ninth: Beethoven and the World in 1824’

Harvey Sachs’s book puts Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in historical context and analyzes it in detail.... More...

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Thursday, 17 June, 2010

Dutch gardener reaps Impac prize | Alison Flood

Gerbrand Bakker's 'wonderful' debut novel, set on a bleak farm, has beaten established authors to clinch the world's biggest literary prize, of €100,000A "restrained, sparely written" debut novel by a Dutch author and part-time gardener has beaten Marilynne Robinson's Orange... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Thursday, 17 June, 2010

Edinburgh book and film festivals to join forces

Architect Norman Foster and author Margaret Atwood to spearhead partial tie-up between festivalsNorman Foster and Margaret Atwood are to star in a collaboration between two of Edinburgh's largest festivals as part of a new initiative to expand the reach and... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Thursday, 17 June, 2010

Man created absurd world in plot to sell stolen Shakespeare folio, court hears

Raymond Scott denies charges of theft, handling and taking a 387-year-old First Folio of Shakespeare's plays out of the countryA debt-ridden man hatched an extraordinary plot to make over £1m from a stolen First Folio of Shakespeare's plays, a court... More...

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Thursday, 17 June, 2010

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer voted best Puffin of all time

Author Eoin Colfer claims 'proudest professional moment' as his tale of a 12-year-old criminal mastermind beats Roald Dahl and EB White to Puffin of PuffinsThe children of Britain have spoken, choosing Eoin Colfer's modern bestseller Artemis Fowl as their favourite... More...

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Thursday, 17 June, 2010

Novels by Glenn Beck, Stephen McCauley and Others

Novels by Glenn Beck, Stephen McCauley, Janelle Brown, Brando Skyhorse, Karen Bergreen and Jenny Hollowell.... More...

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Wednesday, 16 June, 2010

Books of The Times: Wartime Greece in Alan Furst’s ‘Spies of the Balkans’

Alan Furst’s new spy novel revolves around a highly placed police official in Greece in the years before the country’s Nazi occupation.... More...

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Wednesday, 16 June, 2010

Author's Companion Is the Girl Who Wouldn't Settle

After six months, talks about a financial settlement between Stieg Larsson's companion and his family have broken down.... More...

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Wednesday, 16 June, 2010

Live Q&A: Fred Pearce on the hacked climate science emails

Fred Pearce will be online between 12-1pm on Thursday 17 June to answer questions on his new book about 'climategate'This Thursday, renowned journalist Fred Pearce publishes his definitive account of the story of the emails between climate scientists that were... More...

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Wednesday, 16 June, 2010

Terry Pratchett enters parallel worlds of science fiction

Author best known for Discworld series of fantasy novels is returning to idea he had almost 25 years agoFantasy might have made him his fortune, but for his next project, Terry Pratchett is set to venture into the world of... More...

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Wednesday, 16 June, 2010

Comic book publisher wins battle over nudity in iPad Ulysses

Apple admits censorship mistake and gives go-head to graphic novel of James Joyce's masterpiece - just in time for BloomsdayAlmost 80 years after a judge ruled that James Joyce's Ulysses was not obscene, allowing it to be sold in the... More...

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Wednesday, 16 June, 2010

New York librarians read authorities riot act | Alison Flood

24-hour read-in on steps of Brooklyn library attracts 1,200 people to protest against cuts and expected closuresLibrary campaigners in New York failed to keep the noise down this weekend as they hosted a 24-hour "read-in" on the steps of Brooklyn... More...

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Wednesday, 16 June, 2010

A Scandinavian Trilogy Sets Publishers Seeking More

A scramble is on to feed mystery readers’ hunger after they’ve finished Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series.... More...

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Wednesday, 16 June, 2010

15 Economists Issue Crisis-Prevention Manual

A book that represents the consensus of 15 leading economists offers prescriptions to avert another financial collapse.... More...

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Wednesday, 16 June, 2010

Books of The Times: ‘Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man’: a Memoir by Bill Clegg

A memoir of addiction to crack cocaine by the literary agent Bill Clegg.... More...

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Wednesday, 16 June, 2010

Neil Young's Greendale Turns Graphic Novel

Neil Young created the fictional town of Greendale on his 2003 album. Now he’s visiting again in the form of a graphic novel.... More...

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Wednesday, 16 June, 2010

Food Stuff: A ‘Food Lovers’ Guide to Brooklyn’

A new guide offers detailed listings for restaurants, markets and events in the borough.... More...

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Tuesday, 15 June, 2010

Oxford poetry professor candidates clash over 'Elizabeth Taylor's eyes'

Jostling for prestigious role of Oxford poetry professor continues as Beat poet Michael Horovitz attacks 'pseudointellectual' newspaper piece penned by rival Roger LewisIt may be one of the most esteemed positions the world of poetry has to offer, but the... More...

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Tuesday, 15 June, 2010

Theresa May halts 'draconian' child worker vetting scheme

Child protection measures are disproportionate and will be scaled back to 'common sense' proportions, home secretary saysThe vetting of up to nine million people who frequently work with children, which was due to start next month, was halted by the... More...

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Tuesday, 15 June, 2010

Egon Ronay, Publisher of Food Guides, Dies at 94

Mr. Ronay’s restaurant and hotel guides defined who’s who in British food culture.... More...

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Tuesday, 15 June, 2010

Books of The Times: ‘Elliot Allagash,’ Tale of a Bully, by Simon Rich

Elliot Allagash, the family scion, pushes another student down the stairs, then teams up with him, promising power and The Girl.... More...

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Tuesday, 15 June, 2010

‘The Rebbe’ by Samuel Heilman and Menachem Friedman

“The Rebbe: The Life and Afterlife of Menachem Mendel Schneerson” by Samuel Heilman and Menachem Friedman is causing a stir.... More...

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Monday, 14 June, 2010

Apple Finds ‘Ulysses Seen’ Comic a Little Too Graphic

Just in time for Bloomsday, Apple has objected to a comic version of the James Joyce classic because of nudity.... More...

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Monday, 14 June, 2010

Sarah Brown to pen 'intimate' memoirs

Book from wife of former prime minister Gordon Brown to reveal challenges of being woman, wife and mother at No 10... More...

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Monday, 14 June, 2010

The Guardian's Science Weekly Extra podcast: Fred Pearce's definitive account of the climategate emails

After reading nearly all of the documents at the centre of the UEA hacked emails, Guardian environment writer Fred Pearce discusses his new book which he claims is the definitive account of the scandal. The Climate Files is out this... More...

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Monday, 14 June, 2010

Sarah Brown's memoirs to reveal influence and role

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Monday, 14 June, 2010

Books of The Times: ‘Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.’ by Sam Wasson

Sam Wasson’s new book is devoted to the contradictions that pervade “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and the unusual place occupied by the free-spirited Holly Golightly.... More...

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Sunday, 13 June, 2010

The Ahab Parallax: ‘Moby Dick’ and the Spill

A quenchless thirst for whale oil, then petroleum, pushed man ever farther and deeper. And with great hubris, great risk.... More...

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Saturday, 12 June, 2010

Queen's birthday honours list: the arts

Trio of Britain's best-known poets get gongsThere is a little poets' corner on the list of honourees, with a trio of Britain's best-known writers in the genre receiving gongs. Wendy Cope – known for her witty touch and once voted... More...

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Saturday, 12 June, 2010

Benjamin Balint’s Inside Look at Podhoretz’s Commentary

Benjamin Balint’s inside look at Commentary is just one of several new books about Norman Podhoretz and his influential magazine.... More...

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Friday, 11 June, 2010

Book Review - Role Models - By John Waters

John Waters’s latest exercise in autobiography proves he hasn’t been undone by the realization that he’s not outrageous anymore.... More...

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Friday, 11 June, 2010

Book Review - One More Theory About Happiness - A Memoir - By Paul Guest

The poet Paul Guest’s memoir traces a life shaped by the accident that left him paralyzed.... More...

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Friday, 11 June, 2010

Book Review - In the Place of Justice - By Wilbert Rideau

Wilbert Rideau’s painfully candid memoir describes his decades in Louisiana’s notorious Angola prison.... More...

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Friday, 11 June, 2010

Book Review - Witz - By Joshua Cohen

In Joshua Cohen’s novel, the last surviving Jew inspires a fad.... More...

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Friday, 11 June, 2010

Book Review - The Rehearsal - By Eleanor Catton

A girls’ school is rocked by a teacher-student affair in this intricate first novel.... More...

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Friday, 11 June, 2010

Book Review - Quantum - By Manjit Kumar

Quantum mechanics made fascinating for readers who’d rather skip the mathematical complexities.... More...

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Friday, 11 June, 2010

Book Review - Leo and His Circle - The Life of Leo Castelli - By Annie Cohen-Solal

How the gallery owner Leo Castelli transformed the art scene and the art business.... More...

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Friday, 11 June, 2010

The Last Stand by Nathaniel Philbrick - Empire of the Summer Moon by S. C. Gwynne

An account of Custer and his last stand by Nathaniel Philbrick; and a history of the Comanche nation’s last and greatest chief, by S. C. Gwynne.... More...

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Friday, 11 June, 2010

Book Review - The Spot - Stories - By David Means

The stories of David Means orbit around one event — a bank robbery, a crucifixion, a highly improper burial — rather than progressing in linear fashion.... More...

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Friday, 11 June, 2010

Bright Young Things

Essay collections about living, loving and learning in the big city, from Emily Gould and Sloane Crosley.... More...

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Friday, 11 June, 2010

Essay: My Backlogged Pages

A youthful book buyer of uncannily good taste has been stocking my bookshelves for decades.... More...

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Friday, 11 June, 2010

Book Review - Neoconservatism - By Justin Vaïsse

A history of neoconservatism, from its beginnings as the skeptical conscience of liberalism to its present association with ultra-hawks.... More...

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Friday, 11 June, 2010

Book Review - The Icarus Syndrome - By Peter Beinart

Peter Beinart writes a history of the American desire to remake the world.... More...

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Friday, 11 June, 2010

Book Review - The Rational Optimist - By Matt Ridley

The human race really started to innovate, a science writer argues, only when people thought to exchange goods and services.... More...

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Friday, 11 June, 2010

Book Review - Chef - By Jaspreet Singh

In this novel of Kashmir, a young man adapts to remote army life by becoming a chef.... More...

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Friday, 11 June, 2010

Book Review - The Ghosts of Martyrs Square - An Eyewitness Account of Lebanon’s Life Struggle - By Michael Young

The opinion editor of Beirut’s Daily Star newspaper explains the complex politics of Lebanon, 2005-09.... More...

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Friday, 11 June, 2010

Editors’ Choice

Recently reviewed books of particular interest.... More...

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Friday, 11 June, 2010

Paperback Row

Paperback books of particular interest.... More...

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Friday, 11 June, 2010

Book Review - Nox - By Anne Carson

Anne Carson assembles a poetic tribute to her lost brother.... More...

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Friday, 11 June, 2010

Book Review - The Only Game In Town - Sportswriting From The New Yorker

Highlights from The New Yorker’s sportswriting files, with Amis, Angell, Cheever, McPhee, Murakami, Updike and more.... More...

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Friday, 11 June, 2010

Book Review - Burmese Lessons - By Karen Connelly

In Myanmar, Karen Connelly put her observations on paper and her heart on the line.... More...

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Friday, 11 June, 2010

Book Review - Ilustrado - By Miguel Syjuco

An author in exile dies mysteriously in New York in this novel of the Philippines, which won the Man Asian Literary Prize in 2008.... More...

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Friday, 11 June, 2010

Up Front: Questions for Deborah Solomon

Deborah Solomon, who writes the “Questions For” column in The Times Magazine, interrogates herself.... More...

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Friday, 11 June, 2010

TBR: Inside the List

The surprise hit “ — My Dad Says,” which climbs to No. 1 this week, has inspired an imitation by a notoriously awful father.... More...

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Friday, 11 June, 2010

Andrew Motion attacks 'catastrophic' plan for volunteers to run libraries

Former poet laureate reacts with alarm to KPMG report on public sector reform that says libraries are 'not very much used'Andrew Motion, the former poet laureate, has dismissed suggestions from consultancy KPMG that libraries are "not very much used" and... More...

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Friday, 11 June, 2010

Mysterious to the end, JG Ballard's daughters reveal his secret archive

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Friday, 11 June, 2010

Books of The Times: ‘Being Wrong,’ by Kathryn Schulz; ‘Wrong,’ by David H. Freedman

“Wrong,” by David H. Freedman, expresses anger at so-called experts’ mistakes, while “Being Wrong,” by Kathryn Schulz, tries understanding.... More...

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Thursday, 10 June, 2010

New York Bloomsday Events Honor Joyce’s ‘Ulysses’

Bloomsday festivities on Broadway, in Brooklyn and around Manhattan honor the Dublin day of Leopold Bloom, recounted in James Joyce’s “Ulysses.”... More...

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Thursday, 10 June, 2010

Paperback Nonfiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. EAT, PRAY, LOVE, by Elizabeth Gilbert2. THREE CUPS OF TEA, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin3. MY HORIZONTAL LIFE, by Chelsea Handler4. ARE YOU THERE, VODKA? IT'S ME, CHELSEA, by Chelsea Handler5. WITH THE... More...

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Thursday, 10 June, 2010

Paperback Mass-Market Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, by Stieg Larsson2. BLACK HILLS, by Nora Roberts3. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE, by Stieg Larsson4. GARRETT, by Linda Lael Miller5. ORCHARD VALLEY GROOMS, by Debbie Macomber... More...

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Thursday, 10 June, 2010

Paperback Trade Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, by Stieg Larsson2. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE, by Stieg Larsson3. LITTLE BEE, by Chris Cleave4. BEST FRIENDS FOREVER, by Jennifer Weiner5. SAVOR THE MOMENT, by Nora Roberts... More...

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Thursday, 10 June, 2010

Hardcover Nonfiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. ---- MY DAD SAYS, by Justin Halpern2. WAR, by Sebastian Junger3. SPOKEN FROM THE HEART, by Laura Bush4. THE BIG SHORT, by Michael Lewis5. CHELSEA CHELSEA BANG BANG, by Chelsea Handler... More...

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Thursday, 10 June, 2010

Hardcover Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST, by Stieg Larsson2. BULLET, by Laurell K. Hamilton3. THE SPY, by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott4. THE HELP, by Kathryn Stockett5. DEAD IN THE FAMILY, by Charlaine Harris... More...

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Thursday, 10 June, 2010

Armchair Traveler: Book Review: Adventures Among Ants

Mark W. Moffett, the author of “Adventures Among Ants” and a student of the eminent biologist Edward O. Wilson, shares his mentor’s fascination with the lowly creatures.... More...

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Thursday, 10 June, 2010

JG Ballard archive acquired for British Library

Papers belonging to author of Empire of the Sun and dystopian classics such as Crash acquired for nation to settle death duties... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Thursday, 10 June, 2010

Essay: How Old Can a ‘Young Writer’ Be?

The New Yorker’s “20 Under 40” list muddies our understanding of how truly original, enduring fiction comes to be written.... More...

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Thursday, 10 June, 2010

Barack Obama to write foreword for Nelson Mandela's diaries

The US president, Barack Obama, will join forces with Nelson Mandela to mount an assault on autumn's bestseller charts with the publication of the former South African president's private journals... More...

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Thursday, 10 June, 2010

‘The Carrie Diaries’: Prequel to Sex and the City

“The Carrie Diaries,” a prequel to “Sex in the City,” is about Carrie Bradshaw as a high school student.... More...

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Thursday, 10 June, 2010

Kingsolver takes a decade to get a taste of Orange

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Thursday, 10 June, 2010

Comparing the iPad, Kindle, Nook and Alex E-Readers

The Kindle, the Nook, the iPad and the Alex offer different sets of features to those taking the electronic road to reading.... More...

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Wednesday, 9 June, 2010

Books of The Times: Carolyn Parkhurst’s Third Novel, ‘The Nobodies Album’

Carolyn Parkhurst’s third novel revolves around a book within a book and introduces readers to the rather unpleasant Octavia Frost, a best-selling novelist with skeletons in her closet.... More...

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Wednesday, 9 June, 2010

Barbara Kingsolver's The Lacuna beats Wolf Hall to Orange prize

American novelist's epic novel holds off Man Booker winner Hilary Mantel to take £30,000 Orange prize for fictionAn epic, ambitious novel that straddles the Mexican revolution and the crazed communist witch-hunts of 1950s America was tonight named winner of this... More...

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Wednesday, 9 June, 2010

Oxford poetry professor candidate withdraws as controversy erupts again

Only woman in running for post alleges favouritism towards best-known candidate as she steps down, reviving memories of acrimonious departure of last professorLast year Nobel laureate Derek Walcott pulled out of the election for Oxford professor of poetry; now the... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Wednesday, 9 June, 2010

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, Stephenie Meyer's new Twilight book, tops charts after one day

Latest work from author of Twilight vampire saga sells 90,000 copies in one day despite being available for free onlineThe latest instalment in Stephenie Meyer's Twilight saga has shot to the top of the UK's bestseller charts on the strength... More...

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Wednesday, 9 June, 2010

Unpublished Stieg Larsson manuscripts discovered

Sci-fi stories The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo author wrote when he was 17 and sent to a magazine discovered in libraryThe National Library of Sweden has unearthed unpublished manuscripts by a young Stieg Larsson, author of the bestselling Millennium... More...

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Wednesday, 9 June, 2010

We Need To Talk About Kevin is UK's favourite Orange prize winner – ever | Alison Flood

Lionel Shriver's novel takes 26% of the public vote in Waterstone's poll... More...

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Wednesday, 9 June, 2010

Arthur Herzog III, Author of ‘The Swarm,’ Dies at 83

Mr. Herzog, who wrote novels, nonfiction and short stories, is probably best known for “The Swarm.”... More...

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Wednesday, 9 June, 2010

Books of The Times: ‘Pearl Buck in China,’ by Hilary Spurling

Hilary Spurling’s portrait of Pearl Buck smooths out the story, and reputation, of the Nobel laureate and author of the novel “The Good Earth.”... More...

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Wednesday, 9 June, 2010

Lost Stieg Larsson manuscripts found in Sweden

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Wednesday, 9 June, 2010

Lost Larsson manuscripts found in Sweden

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Wednesday, 9 June, 2010

We need to talk about 'dumb' literary awards

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Wednesday, 9 June, 2010

‘The Hour,’ Famous Cocktail Guide, Is Reissued

First published in 1948 and long out of print, “The Hour: A Cocktail Manifesto” was one of the first attempts to formulate a philosophy of the cocktail.... More...

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Tuesday, 8 June, 2010

The Curious Cook: The Chemical Weapons of Onions and Garlic

A new book sorts out the different kinds of allium flavors and how they evolve on the cutting board and stove.... More...

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Tuesday, 8 June, 2010

In ‘Walks With Men,’ Ann Beattie Returns to the ’80s

Ann Beattie’s first new book in five years is a novella set in the early 1980s, her heyday.... More...

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Tuesday, 8 June, 2010

Books of The Times: ‘The Facebook Effect’ by David Kirkpatrick

A Facebook profile considers that networking service’s growth and the transparency of strangers.... More...

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Tuesday, 8 June, 2010

Big City: Book Inscriptions Reflect Personal Histories

A good inscription in a used book offers a hint of relationships beyond the ones imagined by the volume’s author.... More...

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Tuesday, 8 June, 2010

Gary Oldman tipped as lead recruit for Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy film

British actor set to play John Le Carré's cold war hero George Smiley in Tomas Alfredson's filmGary Oldman looks set to star as down-to-earth spook George Smiley in a big-screen version of John Le Carré's cold war thriller Tinker, Tailor,... More...

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Tuesday, 8 June, 2010

David Foster Wallace's student thesis to be published posthumously

Dissertation on free will sheds light on the late novelist's philosophical perspectiveMost university graduates would shy away from the thought of their undergraduate dissertation being shown to anyone other than an examiner, but a US publisher is promising that the... More...

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Tuesday, 8 June, 2010

David Markson, Postmodern Novelist, Dies at 82

Mr. Markson’s wry, elliptical novels were almost always surprisingly engaging and underappreciated.... More...

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Tuesday, 8 June, 2010

iPhone 4 unveiled by Apple

iPhone 4 is less than 10mm thick and has more detailed screen, front-facing camera, gyroscope and faster processor like iPadSteve Jobs revealed the fourth version of Apple's smartphone, the iPhone 4, tonight and said the company was bringing its ebook... More...

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Monday, 7 June, 2010

Boris Johnson urges Harry Potter fans to lobby JK Rowling for London theme park

Mayor of London is annoyed that 20-acre site is about to open in Orlando, Florida, rather than British capitalBoris Johnson, the mayor of London, today urged Harry Potter fans to lobby author JK Rowling for a theme park in the... More...

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Monday, 7 June, 2010

F.B.I. Art Sleuth, Now Author of ‘Priceless’

Robert K. Wittman, whose memoir, “Priceless,” came out last week, was the F.B.I. agent behind the Art Crime Team.... More...

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Sunday, 6 June, 2010

Books of The Times: Life After Apocalypse in Justin Cronin’s ‘Passage’

Government research run amok sets off an apocalypse, and a handful of survivors must start the world anew in Justin Cronin’s science-fiction fantasy.... More...

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Sunday, 6 June, 2010

Off the Shelf: A War for Hearts and Minds, Economically Speaking

Ian Bremmer’s new book looks at the rise of state-controlled economies and the challenges they pose to American companies — and, ultimately, to the United States itself.... More...

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Sunday, 6 June, 2010

Film: Jim Thompson’s ‘Killer Inside Me’ Is Made Into a Film

Jim Thompson’s gritty novels keep tempting filmmakers. Now comes a screen adaptation of “The Killer Inside Me.”... More...

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Saturday, 5 June, 2010

Book Review - Alone With You - Stories - By Marisa Silver

Marisa Silver’s stories of down-market California patiently and empathetically reveal the complexities of feelings that accompany misfortune.... More...

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Friday, 4 June, 2010

Essay: Rereading ‘The Man Who Loved Children’

Christina Stead’s masterly 1940 novel of extreme family dysfunction deserves a permanent place in the canon.... More...

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Friday, 4 June, 2010

Sex Symbols Squared

Raquel Welch and Pam Grier on glamour, hardship and renewal.... More...

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Friday, 4 June, 2010

Shopaholic Confessions

One woman’s love letter to shopping and clothing; and another’s memoir of the shopping addiction that brought her to the brink of financial and existential bankruptcy.... More...

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Friday, 4 June, 2010

Book Review - The November Criminals - By Sam Munson

This debut murder mystery takes the form of a rambling college admissions essay.... More...

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Friday, 4 June, 2010

Book Review - Big Hair and Plastic Grass - By Dan Epstein

Recalling the decade in which baseball and disco collided.... More...

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Friday, 4 June, 2010

Baseball Books

Histories of trading cards, interracial competition, Roger Maris and the fastball still manage to let the joy come through.... More...

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Friday, 4 June, 2010

New Yorker unveils '20 under 40' young writers list

Literary publication highlights 20 US-based writers tipped for literary stardom... More...

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Friday, 4 June, 2010

New Yorker's 20 under 40: a diverse and interesting line-up

Authors from countries including China and Ethiopia bring a fresh tempo to the story of life in 21st-century AmericaAnyone concerned that America is becoming an insular nation should take heart from the latest New Yorker list. Here are writers from... More...

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Friday, 4 June, 2010

Book Review - The Same River Twice - By Ted Mooney

In this nuanced literary thriller, a deal to acquire Soviet-era cultural artifacts puts a Parisian clothing designer and her filmmaker husband in peril.... More...

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Friday, 4 June, 2010

Book Review - The Upside of Irrationality - By Dan Ariely

The mind may be more Homer Simpson than Mr. Spock, Dan Ariely argues. And that’s O.K.... More...

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Friday, 4 June, 2010

Book Review - The Invisible Gorilla - By Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons

An exploration of human illusions related to perception, memory and knowledge, with vivid examples of the problems they cause.... More...

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Friday, 4 June, 2010

Book Review - Duke Ellington’s America - By Harvey G. Cohen

A look at the social and political significance of Duke Ellington.... More...

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Friday, 4 June, 2010

In the Ballpark

Two ballplayers who decided to go it alone, shunning ghostwriters to tell their stories in their own words.... More...

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Friday, 4 June, 2010

Book Review - Three Delays - By Charlie Smith

A hallucinatory novel whose central characters spiral through a demonic, cataclysmic romance that burns all it touches.... More...

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Friday, 4 June, 2010

Book Review - Not Untrue and Not Unkind - By Ed O’Loughlin

Tight-knit but rivalrous journalists cover 1990s African wars in this first novel.... More...

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Friday, 4 June, 2010

Book Review - The Summer We Read Gatsby - By Danielle Ganek

In this plucky homage to Fitzgerald, “Gatsby” functions less as literature than as a status symbol for two women husband-hunting in the Hamptons in 2008.... More...

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Friday, 4 June, 2010

Book Review - Walks With Men - By Ann Beattie

Set in the early ’80s, Beattie’s novella is the story of an older man instructing a young literarily inclined woman in the ways of the world, even though she soon begins to see through him.... More...

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Friday, 4 June, 2010

Hardcover Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST, by Stieg Larsson2. DEAD IN THE FAMILY, by Charlaine Harris3. 61 HOURS, by Lee Child4. THE HELP, by Kathryn Stockett5. STORM PREY, by John Sandford... More...

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Friday, 4 June, 2010

Comics: Sex, Lies and Narrow Escapes

Graphic novels and comics by Megan Kelso, Kathryn and Stuart Immonen, Lewis Trondheim and others.... More...

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Friday, 4 June, 2010

Visuals: The Message Is the Message

Art books about Barbara Kruger, Ryan McGinness, Rob Pruitt, Robbie Conal and 20th century Chinese graphic design.... More...

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Friday, 4 June, 2010

Cookbooks

America has skirted economic depression, but the jams and pickles we were spooked into putting up seem to have reawakened the country’s can-do spirit.... More...

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Friday, 4 June, 2010

Book Review - Steak - One Man’s Search for the World’s Tastiest Piece of Beef - By Mark Schatzker

A round-the-globe search for the perfect steak.... More...

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Friday, 4 June, 2010

Travel Books

This season’s most interesting travel books have gone into staycation mode, written by nest builders, not vagabonds.... More...

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Friday, 4 June, 2010

Gardening Books

This season, gardening books will tug us into the vegetable patch, and it’s but a slip of the muck boot into the chicken coop and pigpen.... More...

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Friday, 4 June, 2010

Crime: Mystery Novels by Deborah Coonts, Tarquin Hall, Lee Child and Others

Mystery novels by Deborah Coonts, Tarquin Hall, Sophie Littlefield, Lee Child, Elaine Viets and Michael Koryta.... More...

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Friday, 4 June, 2010

Children’s Books: As Easy as Falling Off the Face of the Earth - By Lynne Rae Perkins

A teenager accidentally stranded in the wilds of Montana finds himself on an eventful road trip in this novel.... More...

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Friday, 4 June, 2010

Children’s Books: Bound by Friendship

Illustrated debut novels by Amy Ignatow and Tom Angleberger document the dynamics of two sets of friends.... More...

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Friday, 4 June, 2010

Children’s Books: Justice League

The first installment in a new series from Rick Riordan; and a legal thriller for children from John Grisham.... More...

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Friday, 4 June, 2010

Paperback Row

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Friday, 4 June, 2010

Editors’ Choice

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Friday, 4 June, 2010

TBR: Inside the List

Stieg Larsson’s “Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest” grabs the No. 1 spot on the hardcover fiction list.... More...

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Friday, 4 June, 2010

Sam Mendes and Daniel Craig line up replacement projects for stalled Bond

Mendes eyes adaptation of Ian McEwan's On Chesil Beach while Craig is in talks for David Fincher remake of Girl with the Dragon Tattoo007 may be on holiday, but Sam Mendes and Daniel Craig are having no such extended break.... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Friday, 4 June, 2010

PD James attacks ITV 'cultural vandalism' at dinner for Melvyn Bragg

Author who raked Mark Thompson over the coals denounces commercial broadcaster over South Bank Show cancellation... More...

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Friday, 4 June, 2010

Hay festival 2010: Goodnight Mister Tom voted favourite Puffin of all time

Michelle Magorian's classic second world war novel for children voted top Puffin title at Hay festivalGallery: authors pick their favourite PuffinsDespite bribes of limitless chocolate from comedian Marcus Brigstocke and an underhand campaign from children's author Andy Stanton, Michelle Magorian's... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Friday, 4 June, 2010

Donald Windham, Novelist and Memoirist, Dies at 89

Mr. Windham left vivid pictures of literary life in New York, both fictional and factual, when he was an intimate of Tennessee Williams.... More...

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Friday, 4 June, 2010

Book Review - The Shallows - What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains - By Nicholas Carr

A technology writer maintains we’re trading away the seriousness of sustained attention for the Web’s frantic superficiality.... More...

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Friday, 4 June, 2010

Sonia Gandhi supporters threaten to sue over 'fictionalised biography'

Congress party officials attempt to stop book about Sonia Gandhi's life saying it contains damaging and inaccurate material... More...

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Friday, 4 June, 2010

Up Front: Jonathan Franzen

Christina Stead’s “Man Who Loved Children” isn’t the only novel Jonathan Franzen thinks has been unjustly overlooked.... More...

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Thursday, 3 June, 2010

Henning Mankell on Gaza flotilla attack: 'I think they went out to murder'

Swedish crime writer describes the 'horrifying moment' when he realised Israelis had chosen to attack the ships... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Thursday, 3 June, 2010

Books of The Times: Recalling Custer in Nathaniel Philbrick’s ‘Last Stand’

A prodigiously researched, cinematic history of George Armstrong Custer and the dramatic and symbol-laden battle of Little Bighorn.... More...

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Thursday, 3 June, 2010

Hay festival 2010: 12th century was one long holiday

Our forebears may have had to contend with bad dentistry – as well as rape, pillage and torture – but they also had a healthy suspicion of the work ethic, the Guardian Hay festival has heard... More...

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Thursday, 3 June, 2010

Paperback Nonfiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. EAT, PRAY, LOVE, by Elizabeth Gilbert2. WITH THE OLD BREED, by E. B. Sledge3. MENNONITE IN A LITTLE BLACK DRESS, by Rhoda Janzen4. ARE YOU THERE, VODKA? IT'S ME, CHELSEA, by Chelsea Handler5. MY HORIZONTAL... More...

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Thursday, 3 June, 2010

Paperback Mass-Market Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, by Stieg Larsson2. GARRETT, by Linda Lael Miller3. MARRIED BY MORNING, by Lisa Kleypas4. BLACK HILLS, by Nora Roberts5. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE, by Stieg Larsson... More...

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Thursday, 3 June, 2010

Paperback Trade Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, by Stieg Larsson2. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE, by Stieg Larsson3. LITTLE BEE, by Chris Cleave4. BEST FRIENDS FOREVER, by Jennifer Weiner5. SAVOR THE MOMENT, by Nora Roberts... More...

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Thursday, 3 June, 2010

Hardcover Nonfiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. SPOKEN FROM THE HEART, by Laura Bush2. TO SAVE AMERICA, by Newt Gingrich with Joe DeSantis3. THE BIG SHORT, by Michael Lewis4. ---- MY DAD SAYS, by Justin Halpern5. WAR, by Sebastian Junger... More...

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Thursday, 3 June, 2010

Hay festival hears Byron and Shelley were 'monsters'

Biographer tells the Hay festival how she discovered an explosive memoir accusing Byron and Shelley of 'cruelty'... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Thursday, 3 June, 2010

Peter Orlovsky, Poet Who Inspired Allen Ginsberg,

Mr. Orlovsky inspired Beat writers like Allen Ginsberg, his longtime partner, and was known for his own emotionally naked poetry.... More...

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Thursday, 3 June, 2010

Books of The Times: ‘The Bucolic Plague,’ Josh Kilmer-Purcell’s Farm Memoir

Josh Kilmer-Purcell’s humorous memoir tells how two Manhattanites became the proud owners of the Beekman Mansion and gentlemen farmers in upstate New York.... More...

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Thursday, 3 June, 2010

Books: When Poetry Rocked Russia’s Stadiums: The Soviet Thaw Era

From Pushkin to Voznesensky, Russia has long respected the power of artful expression.... More...

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Wednesday, 2 June, 2010

The New Yorker Picks Young Writers Worth Watching

The New Yorker, for the first time since 1999, picked some under-40 authors worth watching.... More...

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Wednesday, 2 June, 2010

Questions for Christopher Hitchens: The Contrarian

The essayist talks about atheism, Marxism and intellectual consistency.... More...

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Wednesday, 2 June, 2010

Christians and Muslims are distorting crusades, says historian

Comparisons between modern Muslim-Christian tensions and the crusades of 1099 are a 'distortion', announces Tom Asbridge at the Hay festivalChristian and Muslim attempts to draw parallels between the tensions of today and the crusades of almost 1,000 years ago are... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Wednesday, 2 June, 2010

Hay festival 2010: Overpopulation fears nonsense, says author Fred Pearce

Global fertility patterns suggest population crash more likely than the much-anticipated explosion, claims environmental writerSir David Attenborough, Jonathon Porritt, Jeremy Irons and other "doomsters" are talking "dangerous nonsense" about the threat of overpopulation, according to the environmental writer Fred Pearce.... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Wednesday, 2 June, 2010

Our very own Orange prize: the winners

Readers win honours in a 'first paragraph' competition judged by award co-founder and novelist Kate MosseThere was a highly imaginative response to our competition to write the first paragraph of a fictional book called Just Ourselves. The contest was set... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Wednesday, 2 June, 2010

Lily Allen to score Bridget Jones musical?

Singer rumoured to be writing songs for forthcoming stage adaptation of Helen Fielding's novelLily Allen may be heading to the theatre, writing the score for a musical based on Bridget Jones's Diary. The singer, who recently talked about "retiring" from... More...

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Wednesday, 2 June, 2010

First-edition books may fetch £15m

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Wednesday, 2 June, 2010

Books of The Times: ‘Hitch-22: A Memoir’ by Christopher Hitchens

The public intellectual Christopher Hitchens delves into the private dimensions of his life in his new memoir.... More...

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Tuesday, 1 June, 2010

Justin Cronin’s ‘Passage’ May Be a Best Seller

“The Passage,” by Justin Cronin, goes on sale Tuesday with packs of vampires and a big advance.... More...

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Tuesday, 1 June, 2010

Tim Minchin's mouth-watering demands at the Hay festival

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Tuesday, 1 June, 2010

A defence of poetry at the Hay festival

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Tuesday, 1 June, 2010

Is fictionalising historical figures OK?

What are the ethics and parameters of historical fiction? Is it acceptable to fictionalise real characters? What can fiction do that history cannot? These questions have been fascinatingly under discussion at the festival this year. Historian Niall Ferguson (The Ascent of... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Tuesday, 1 June, 2010

Andrei Voznesensky, 77, Celebrated Russian Poet, Dies

Mr. Voznesensky’s poetry captured the progress and setbacks of the post-Stalin years in Russia.... More...

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Tuesday, 1 June, 2010

Sotheby's to auction 'knockout' collection of first-edition books

Exclusive: Collection estimated to be worth £8m-£15m, including signed copy of A Christmas Carol, will go under the hammer from October... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Tuesday, 1 June, 2010

Andrei Voznesensky, Defiant Russian Poet, Dies at 77

Mr. Voznesensky was one of a group of poets who helped to revive Russian literature in the post-Stalin era.... More...

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Tuesday, 1 June, 2010

Wallander author Henning Mankell said to have survived Gaza aid flotilla attack

Spokesperson says writer not thought to have been injured in Israeli raid in which at least nine activists were killed, but Mankell's whereabouts unconfirmedSwedish author Henning Mankell survived the Israeli attack on the aid convoy to Gaza yesterday, according to... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Tuesday, 1 June, 2010

Andrei Voznesensky, Poet, Dies at 77

Mr. Voznesensky was one of the most daring and popular poets of the Soviet era.... More...

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Tuesday, 1 June, 2010

Monty Don calls on Hay festival audience to fight for their back yard

Celebrity gardener defends nimbyism as he, Simon Schama and Fiona Reynolds discuss the 'spirit' of the British landscapeNimbyism isn't such a bad thing, celebrity gardener Monty Don told an audience at the Guardian Hay festival yesterday evening: after all, "if... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Tuesday, 1 June, 2010

Books of The Times: Noir in Sunny Mexico, Martín Solares’s ‘Black Minutes’

Martín Solares’s first novel, “The Black Minutes,” offers two memorable Mexican variants on the hard-boiled operative struggling to maintain his integrity in a moral cesspool.... More...

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Tuesday, 1 June, 2010

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