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Issue 50 / December 2012

July 2010

Off the Shelf: ‘Fault Lines’ Concludes Global Economy Remains Vulnerable

Raghuram G. Rajan writes that systems and large historical forces were the primary drivers of recent global financial instability.... More...

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Saturday, 31 July, 2010

Beliefs: Hitchens Brothers’ Rift Starts With Religion

Peter and Christopher Hitchens have never been close, but perhaps nothing separates the brothers more than their views on faith.... More...

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Saturday, 31 July, 2010

Book Review - Long for This World - The Strange Science of Immortality - By Jonathan Weiner

A Pulitzer Prize-winning writer examines the scientific battle against aging through the bizarre career of the English gerontologist Aubrey de Grey.... More...

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Saturday, 31 July, 2010

Up Front: Abraham Verghese

Abraham Verghese is the rare physician to succeed with both fiction and nonfiction.... More...

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Saturday, 31 July, 2010

Book Review - Four Fish - By Paul Greenberg

Even as Paul Greenberg lays out the grim and complicated facts about the ravaging of our seas, he manages to sound some hopeful notes about the ultimate fate of fish.... More...

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Saturday, 31 July, 2010

Lawrence Boadt, Priest, Publisher and Bible Scholar, Dies at 67

The Roman Catholic priest, publisher and Bible scholar used his study of the Old Testament as a vehicle for promoting understanding between Christians and Jews.... More...

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Saturday, 31 July, 2010

Book Review - Telling Times - Writing and Living, 1954-2008 - By Nadine Gordimer

A half-century of essays by the Nobel winner Nadine Gordimer, whose major theme of “writing and living” has been opposition to apartheid.... More...

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Saturday, 31 July, 2010

Turning Right

A biography of Norman Podhoretz and a history of the magazine he edited tell the story of the neoconservative movement.... More...

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Saturday, 31 July, 2010

Book Review - The Fall of the House of Walworth - By Geoffrey O’Brien

Geoffrey O’Brien recalls the lurid scandal of a notorious 19th-century literary parricide.... More...

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Saturday, 31 July, 2010

Book Review - Red Hook Road - By Ayelet Waldman

Joy and tragedy bring two families together in unexpected ways in Ayelet Waldman’s novel.... More...

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Saturday, 31 July, 2010

Booker-longlisted novel The Slap is 'most divisive in years'

Panel's chairman defends portrayal of 'curdled love' as reviews range from excitement to criticism of 'unbelievable misogyny'Christos Tsiolkas's Man Booker-longlisted novel The Slap opens with a bang when a man at a suburban barbecue hits another parent's child.... More...

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

Saturday, 31 July, 2010

Book Review - The Quickening - By Michelle Hoover

This novel, narrated by two Midwestern farm wives, was inspired by a real journal.... More...

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Saturday, 31 July, 2010

Book Review - Brilliant - The Evolution of Artificial Light - By Jane Brox

A history of the ways people have lighted their homes and paths, and of the social changes that have resulted.... More...

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Friday, 30 July, 2010

Book Review - Cocaine Nation - By Tom Feiling

How America’s insatiable craving for cocaine has spread misery and violence across the globe.... More...

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Friday, 30 July, 2010

Book Review - Memory Wall - By Anthony Doerr

These strange, beautiful tales all ask: What, if anything, will be preserved from time’s depredations?... More...

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Friday, 30 July, 2010

'A Terrible Parricide'

In this Sunday's Book Review, Thomas Mallon reviews Geoffrey O'Brien's "Fall of the House of Walworth," about a sensational parricide in an old and influential family in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., in 1873. Here is The Times's account of that crime,... More...

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Friday, 30 July, 2010

Book Review Podcast: Jonathan Weiner

Featuring Jonathan Weiner, the author of "Long for This World," on the science of immortality; and Sam Sifton on Paul Greenberg's "Four Fish" and the future of the oceans.... More...

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Friday, 30 July, 2010

Book Review - High Financier - The Lives and Time of Siegmund Warburg - By Niall Ferguson

A biography of the banker Siegmund Warburg, who built his empire in London after his flight from Nazi Germany.... More...

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Friday, 30 July, 2010

Book Review - When London Was Capital of America - By Julie Flavell

A chapter of London’s — and North America’s — history: Before the Revolution, the metropolis was a magnet for colonists from across the Atlantic.... More...

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Friday, 30 July, 2010

Book Review - Furious Love - Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and the Marriage of the Century - By Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger

A joint biography of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton and their traveling circus of money, booze and mutual obsession.... More...

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Friday, 30 July, 2010

Book Review - The Transformation of Bartholomew Fortuno - By Ellen Bryson

In this first novel, a mysterious seductress who signs on as an attraction at P. T. Barnum’s museum enchants the resident thin man.... More...

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Friday, 30 July, 2010

Book Review - When That Rough God Goes Riding - Listening to Van Morrison - By Greil Marcus

The rock critic Greil Marcus plumbs the work of Van Morrison, who found inspiration in Yeats and Joyce.... More...

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Friday, 30 July, 2010

Book Review - Lives Like Loaded Guns - Emily Dickinson and Her Family’s Feuds - By Lyndall Gordon

A new biography of Emily Dickinson emphasizes her tumultuous family and examines eruptions emotional and poetic.... More...

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Friday, 30 July, 2010

Book Review - The Surf Guru - By Doug Dorst

In these testosterone-rich yarns, Doug Dorst toys with structure and convention while investigating the quirks and offbeat occupations of his motley cast.... More...

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Friday, 30 July, 2010

Book Review - The Sisters From Hardscrabble Bay - By Beverly Jensen

In Beverly Jensen’s posthumous novel-in-stories, two sisters escape rural poverty and make their way in the world.... More...

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Friday, 30 July, 2010

Crime: Mystery Novels by Carl Hiaasen, Martin Walker, Peter Steiner and Lorenzo Carcaterra

Mystery novels by Carl Hiaasen, Martin Walker, Peter Steiner and Lorenzo Carcaterra.... More...

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Friday, 30 July, 2010

Paperback Row

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

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Friday, 30 July, 2010

Essay: Drink What You Know

When you think about it, rules for drinking are not so different from rules for writing.... More...

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Friday, 30 July, 2010

Editors’ Choice

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

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Friday, 30 July, 2010

TBR: Inside the List

The periodic table meets the best-seller list with “The Disappearing Spoon,” Sam Kean’s engaging amble through the elements.... More...

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Friday, 30 July, 2010

Anne Rice 'quits being a Christian' | Alison Flood

Twelve years after she converted from atheism, author of Interview with the Vampire abandons Christianity over its attitude to birth control, homosexuality and scienceTwelve years after she converted to Christianity from atheism, bestselling author Anne Rice has "quit being a... More...

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

Friday, 30 July, 2010

Penguin Books celebrates 75th birthday

Colour-coded paperbacks launched in 1935 as cheap, disposable fiction have now become collectible itemsWhen the first Penguin paperbacks appeared they cost just sixpence – the price of a packet of cigarettes – and were hardly intended to be enduring items.... More...

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

Friday, 30 July, 2010

Singapore's reputation on the line as British author fights on

The trial of Alan Shadrake for criticising the death penalty has damaged Singapore's standingSingapore's long-serving administration has won some time to ponder how it will deal with yet another self-inflicted blow to its global branding.... More...

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

Friday, 30 July, 2010

Advertising: Barnes & Noble Plans Big Push for Nook E-Reader

In-house boutiques are Barnes & Noble’s latest front in the battle with Amazon over their competing e-reader devices.... More...

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Friday, 30 July, 2010

Huge Churchill archive to go online

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Friday, 30 July, 2010

Books of The Times: Stefanie Syman’s Yoga History, ‘The Subtle Body’

Stefanie Syman’s book examines how yoga, the centuries-old spiritual discipline, became a fitness routine for American athletes, C.E.O.’s, movie stars and soccer moms.... More...

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Thursday, 29 July, 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. THE GLASS CASTLE, by Jeannette Walls4. MY HORIZONTAL LIFE, by Chelsea Handler5. ARE YOU THERE, VODKA? IT'S ME,... More...

From: NYT > Books

Thursday, 29 July, 2010

Paperback Mass-Market Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, by Stieg Larsson2. NINE DRAGONS, by Michael Connelly3. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE, by Stieg Larsson4. CHARLIE ST. CLOUD, by Ben Sherwood5. SMASH CUT, by Sandra Brown... More...

From: NYT > Books

Thursday, 29 July, 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. ONE DAY, by David Nicholls5. UNDER THE DOME, by Stephen King... More...

From: NYT > Books

Thursday, 29 July, 2010

Hardcover Nonfiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. ---- MY DAD SAYS, by Justin Halpern2. THE OBAMA DIARIES, by Laura Ingraham3. THE BIG SHORT, by Michael Lewis4. MEDIUM RAW, by Anthony Bourdain5. SLIDING INTO HOME, by Kendra Wilkinson with Jon Warech... More...

From: NYT > Books

Thursday, 29 July, 2010

Hardcover Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. THE REMBRANDT AFFAIR, by Daniel Silva2. THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST, by Stieg Larsson3. THE HELP, by Kathryn Stockett4. FLY AWAY HOME, by Jennifer Weiner5. PRIVATE, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro... More...

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Thursday, 29 July, 2010

Kindle Cost Cut to $139 as Price War Begins

Amazon.com, the maker of the Kindle e-reader, is introducing two new smaller, lighter versions with high-contrast screens and crisper text.... More...

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Thursday, 29 July, 2010

Tom Stoppard returns to BBC with Ford Madox Ford adaptation

Playwright's five-part BBC2 version of the first world war story Parade's End will be his first projects for corporation since 1970sTom Stoppard is returning to the BBC after a long absence by writing the screenplay for a five-part drama set... More...

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

Thursday, 29 July, 2010

Amazon launches new Kindle e-reader and UK ebook store

Amazon hopes the redesigned, lighter Kindles and new store will be the 'tipping point' in the UK e-reader marketAmazon unveiled two lighter, more advanced versions of the Kindle e-reader today, alongside a new UK ebook store that it claimed will... More...

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

Thursday, 29 July, 2010

Mona Simpson Quietly Embraces Art

The author stopped in New York recently to meet with her publisher about her new novel, “My Hollywood.”... More...

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Thursday, 29 July, 2010

Multimedia E-Books, Adorned With Video Extras

Like DVDs, electronic books for the iPad are now being loaded with extras, including video clips that are integrated with text.... More...

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Thursday, 29 July, 2010

Castro to chronicle the birth of his revolution

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Thursday, 29 July, 2010

Books of The Times: Anthony Doerr’s ‘Memory Wall,’ Fleeting Yesterdays

Anthony Doerr’s relentless fascination with memory — and with the ways memories fade or are destroyed — connects the six brooding stories in this collection.... More...

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Wednesday, 28 July, 2010

Fidel Castro: former Cuban leader releases memoirs

Ex-comandante publishes The Strategic Victory – but readers hoping for revelations and score-settling will be disappointedThe title, like the man, brooks no argument: The Strategic Victory. When it comes to memoirs some leaders tend to favour metaphor or vagueness, but... More...

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

Wednesday, 28 July, 2010

Stieg Larsson becomes first author to sell 1m ebooks on Amazon | Alison Flood

Author of Millennium trilogy beats James Patterson in race to join online retailer's new 'Kindle Million Club'The late Swedish journalist Stieg Larsson has beaten Stephenie Meyer and James Patterson to become the first author to sell more than one million... More...

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

Wednesday, 28 July, 2010

The Booker's Dozen: judges reveal 13 works in line for literary prize

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Wednesday, 28 July, 2010

Books of The Times: Jane Ziegelman’s ‘97 Orchard’ Is a Culinary History

The Old World meets the new on the plates of immigrants on the Lower East Side in Jane Ziegelman’s “97 Orchard.”... More...

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Tuesday, 27 July, 2010

Brought to book: Kabul author guilty of 'betraying' a nation

Writer of bestselling Bookseller of Kabul ordered to pay punitive damages and faces further lawsuitsThe author of the publishing sensation The Bookseller of Kabul was found guilty of defamation and "negligent journalistic practices" last week after losing a case against... More...

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

Tuesday, 27 July, 2010

Amis-free Booker prize longlist promises to 'entertain and provoke'

Booker prize longlist of 13 ignores Amis, McEwan and Rushdie for novels characterised by humour and storytellingMartin Amis may be getting heartily sick of people mentioning he's never won the Man Booker. But the wait goes on, after his novel... More...

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

Tuesday, 27 July, 2010

Man Booker Prize longlist announced

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Tuesday, 27 July, 2010

Memorial to Pickwick Papers artist resurrected to 'right a moral wrong'

London museum unveils gravestone of Robert Seymour, the artist who killed himself after 'being dropped' by Charles DickensThe scene on 20 April 1836 was horrific: the artist lay in a welter of gore on the floor of the summerhouse at... More...

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

Tuesday, 27 July, 2010

US authors blame publishers for Wylie Amazon ebook deal

Authors Guild says publishers' low royalty pay-outs encouraged agent's controversial step to sell modern classics via Kindle storeAs publishers and retailers wring their hands over agent Andrew Wylie's reincarnation as the ebook publisher of authors including Philip Roth and John... More...

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

Tuesday, 27 July, 2010

Julie Taymor's The Tempest to close Venice film festival | Ben Child

Director's second Shakespeare reimagining will feature Ben Whishaw as Ariel and Helen Mirren as a female ProsperoJulie Taymor's revisionist version of Shakespeare's The Tempest will be the closing feature at this year's Venice film festival.... More...

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

Tuesday, 27 July, 2010

Pope pens children's book entitled The Friends of Jesus

Pope Benedict XVI joins a long list of celebrities looking for younger audience with release of book about apostlesFollowing in the footsteps of Madonna and Geri Halliwell, Pope Benedict XVI has written a children's book.... More...

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

Tuesday, 27 July, 2010

Author ordered to pay damages to wife of Bookseller of Kabul | Michelle Pauli

Norwegian court rules Åsne Seierstad's book breached privacy of the Bookseller's real-life spouseA court in Norway has ordered Åsne Seierstad, author of the Afghanistan-set bestseller The Bookseller of Kabul, and her publisher, Cappelen Damm, to pay 250,000 kroner (£26,276) in... More...

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

Tuesday, 27 July, 2010

Books on Science: Let There Be Dimmers on Our Glowing Planet

Jane Brox’s narrative is in many ways a social history, told through man’s relationship to light.... More...

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Tuesday, 27 July, 2010

Could 'The Jackal' be the death of publishing?

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Tuesday, 27 July, 2010

Alan Moore Celebrates a Real Person in ‘Unearthing’

The British comic-book writer Alan Moore pays tribute to a mentor in a new sound recording.... More...

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Monday, 26 July, 2010

Books: Drama! Intrigue! A Mystery? No, Malaria’s Story

In her new book, Sonia Shah has spun a disease yarn that’s not a yawn.... More...

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Monday, 26 July, 2010

UK Film Council axed

UK Film Council one of highest-profile quangos to be cutMLA also abolished in cull by culture secretary Jeremy HuntThe UK Film Council became one of the highest profile quangos to be axed by the coalition government after culture secretary Jeremy... More...

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

Monday, 26 July, 2010

Evanovich Takes Her Bounty to Random House

The blockbuster novelist Janet Evanovich has taken her scrappy bounty-hunter heroine Stephanie Plum to Random House, leaving her longtime publisher, St. Martin's Press, after more than two months of contract negotiations fell through.... More...

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Monday, 26 July, 2010

Books of The Times: Gary Shteyngart’s ‘Super Sad True Love Story’

Gary Shteyngart’s new novel is a supersad, superfunny, superaffecting satirical romance set in the near future, as the United States crumbles.... More...

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Monday, 26 July, 2010

Hunt proposes closure of the Museum, Libraries and Archives Council

Culture secretary says DCMS will focus on 'frontline services', claiming move will increase transparency and efficiencyThe Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) would be abolished under new proposals put forward today by the culture secretary, Jeremy Hunt, to cut the... More...

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

Monday, 26 July, 2010

Johan Theorin beats Stieg Larsson to crime writing award

Author of The Darkest Room sees off competition from fellow Swede to win Crime Writers' Association's International Dagger awardThe late Stieg Larsson has been unexpectedly beaten to the Crime Writers' Association's International Dagger award by fellow Swede Johan Theorin.... More...

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

Monday, 26 July, 2010

Eoin Colfer to bid farewell to Artemis Fowl

Author says he will write one more book featuring the child criminal mastermind, and reveals rough storyline for his final adventureThe child genius Artemis Fowl, whose criminal schemes have powered seven children's novels to bestsellerdom since 2001, selling 20m books... More...

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

Monday, 26 July, 2010

Gordon Brown to publish financial crisis book in the autumn

Former PM's book will offer 'insight into the events that led to the fiscal downward spiral and the reactions of world leaders as they took steps to avoid further disaster'Gordon Brown's account of the global financial crisis is due to... More...

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

Monday, 26 July, 2010

Samuel Steward’s Life in ‘Secret Historian’

A new book about Samuel Steward, “Secret Historian” by Justin Spring, reveals a little-documented strand of gay life in the middle decades of the 20th century.... More...

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Monday, 26 July, 2010

The old man and the lookalike

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Monday, 26 July, 2010

Books of The Times: Andrew Morton’s Biography of Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie is something of a mystery, but Andrew Morton has attempted a biography anyway.... More...

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Sunday, 25 July, 2010

Lost classic Auntie Mame revived after 50-year gap

American comedy hit back in print in Britain after European successA "lost classic" turned down by 19 publishers before becoming one of the bestselling American books of the 20th century is to be published in Britain for the first time... More...

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

Sunday, 25 July, 2010

The New York Times Book Review: Back Issues

Complete contents of the Book Review since 1997.... More...

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Saturday, 24 July, 2010

Stan Lee Starts a Venture and a New Superhero Team

Stan Lee, who helped create countless Marvel Comics characters, has a new line of comic books, including one about Super Seven, a band of heroes.... More...

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Saturday, 24 July, 2010

Fashion Diary: Studying the Preppy Look and its Reference Points

The preppy look has had numerous fashion “references” over the decades.... More...

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Friday, 23 July, 2010

Tara Seibel Recalls Harvey Pekar’s Last Days

A comic-book collaborator with the “American Splendor” creator remembers their last working day.... More...

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Friday, 23 July, 2010

Squid’s Meaty Role in China Miéville’s ‘Kraken’

The British science fiction writer China Miéville defies stereotypes. His latest novel, “Kraken,” involves a squid-worshiping cult and oppressed magical animals on picket lines.... More...

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Friday, 23 July, 2010

Rock of Ages

Two redemption-rock chronicles, one earnest, one jocular.... More...

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Friday, 23 July, 2010

Posing as Fitness

Two books on how yoga was packaged and promoted in different ways in America, depending on the audience and the era.... More...

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Friday, 23 July, 2010

Book Review - Dreyfus - By Ruth Harris

A patient, fair-minded exploration of the human ideals, hatreds and delusions that were on display in the Dreyfus Affair, “the most famous cause célèbre in French history.”... More...

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Friday, 23 July, 2010

Book Review - Being Wrong - Adventures in the Margin of Error - By Kathryn Schulz

Why it feels so good to be right, and what happens to us when our wrongness is exposed.... More...

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Friday, 23 July, 2010

Book Review - Revolutionaries - A New History of the Invention of America - By Jack Rakove

Jack Rakove argues that the struggle for American independence molded the founders as much as they molded it.... More...

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Friday, 23 July, 2010

Book Review - What Is Left the Daughter - By Howard Norman

Howard Norman’s crisp epistolary novel explores the illogic of love and the violent chaos left in its wake.... More...

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Friday, 23 July, 2010

Book Review - The Cookbook Collector - By Allegra Goodman

Amid clear echoes of “Sense and Sensibility,” two sisters of emotionally opposite persuasions navigate a world on the brink of 9/11 in Allegra Goodman’s new novel.... More...

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Friday, 23 July, 2010

Leave Enid Blyton's potboilers alone

In expunging dated words, you strip out a book's personality – although perhaps some of the characters' names could goEnid Blyton was literary contraband when I was growing up, banned from the household on feminist grounds. All the girls are... More...

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

Friday, 23 July, 2010

Enid Blyton's Famous Five get 21st-century makeover

No more 'jolly japes' and 'lashings of pop' as dated language is revamped for new generation of readersFarewell to the awful swotters, dirty tinkers and jolly japes: Enid Blyton's language is being dragged out of the 1940s by her publisher... More...

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

Friday, 23 July, 2010

Book Review - A Great Unrecorded History - A New Life of E. M. Forster - By Wendy Moffat

Wendy Moffat’s perceptive biography does not make E. M. Forster’s sexuality explain everything, though of course it explains a great deal.... More...

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Friday, 23 July, 2010

Book Review - The Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham - By Selina Hastings

Selina Hastings’s biography sees the origins of Somerset Maugham’s habit of cruelty in his cruel childhood.... More...

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Friday, 23 July, 2010

Archive: Book Review Podcast

Featuring Kate Zernike on Tea Party politics; and Sam Roberts on new findings in the Rosenberg spy case.... More...

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Friday, 23 July, 2010

Paperback Row

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

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Friday, 23 July, 2010

Editors’ Choice

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

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Friday, 23 July, 2010

TBR: Inside the List

What is Laura Ingraham’s “Obama Diaries,” based on a stash of made-up White House memos, doing on the nonfiction list?... More...

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Friday, 23 July, 2010

Book Review - The Great Silence - By Juliet Nicolson

A history of the aftermath of World War I, when Britain strove to suppress its grief with willed gaiety.... More...

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Friday, 23 July, 2010

Up Front: Miranda Seymour

Miranda Seymour is deep into the research for her next book, a social study of the friendship and the royal and cultural links between England and Germany before World War I.... More...

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Friday, 23 July, 2010

Letter From India: Somerset Maugham’s Swami

Long before Elizabeth Gilbert, Somerset Maugham turned the ashram experience into a monster best seller, “The Razor’s Edge.”... More...

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Friday, 23 July, 2010

Book Review - Through the History of the Cold War - The Correspondence of George F. Kennan and John Lukacs

A collection of letters between George F. Kennan and the historian John Lukacs sheds light on the intellectual underpinnings of Kennan’s notion of “containing” the Soviets.... More...

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Friday, 23 July, 2010

Book Review - The Eitingons - By Mary-Kay Wilmers

This biography of an influential Russian clan encompasses the Soviet secret police and Sigmund Freud’s inner circle.... More...

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Friday, 23 July, 2010

Book Review - Termite Parade - By Joshua Mohr

The disorderly threesome in this novel are marginalized and angry, but for good reason.... More...

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Friday, 23 July, 2010

Book Review - Father of the Rain - By Lily King

Lily King’s novel delves into the relationship between a charismatic but troubled man and his devoted daughter.... More...

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Friday, 23 July, 2010

Most Scottish arts organisations to face deep funding cuts

New government agency Creative Scotland spending review will hit Edinburgh festival and the Traverse theatreMore than 50 of Scotland's best-known arts organisations, including the Edinburgh festival and the Traverse theatre, face deep cuts in their grants from the new government... More...

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

Friday, 23 July, 2010

RJ Ellory wins crime novel of the year award

Judge declares A Simple Act of Violence the work of 'a true master of crime fiction'After winning four literary awards in France and one in the US, British author RJ Ellory has finally been rewarded in his own country, taking... More...

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

Friday, 23 July, 2010

Agency Begins E-Book Venture Limited to Amazon

After the literary agent Andrew Wylie started his own publishing venture, Random House cut ties to his agency.... More...

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Friday, 23 July, 2010

Publishers rage against Wylie's ebook deal with Amazon

Wylie Agency's deal to bypass conventional publishers for digital sales is sending shockwaves around the industryFear and loathing among the movers and shakers of America's publishing industry have reached new heights with both Random House and Macmillan denouncing the literary... More...

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

Friday, 23 July, 2010

Books of The Times: Poetry by Luljeta Lleshanaku, Lightsey Darst and Others

Poetry by Luljeta Lleshanaku, Lightsey Darst, Brian Turner, Polina Barskova, Kostas Anagnopoulos, Benjamin Alire Sáenz and Pattiann Rogers.... More...

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Thursday, 22 July, 2010

Dearth in Venice as developer pulls plug on Grand Hôtel des Bains

Hotel immortalised in Thomas Mann novel – which quietly closed several months ago – to reopen as luxury apartment complexIt was one of the most elegant hotels in the world, the setting for Thomas Mann's Death in Venice and the... More...

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

Thursday, 22 July, 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, 22 July, 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. NINE DRAGONS, by Michael Connelly4. THE LUCKY ONE, by Nicholas Sparks5. CHARLIE ST. CLOUD, by Ben Sherwood... More...

From: NYT > Books

Thursday, 22 July, 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. UNDER THE DOME, by Stephen King5. ONE DAY, by David Nicholls... More...

From: NYT > Books

Thursday, 22 July, 2010

Hardcover Nonfiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. THE OBAMA DIARIES, by Laura Ingraham2. ---- MY DAD SAYS, by Justin Halpern3. MEDIUM RAW, by Anthony Bourdain4. THE BIG SHORT, by Michael Lewis5. WAR, by Sebastian Junger... More...

From: NYT > Books

Thursday, 22 July, 2010

Hardcover Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST, by Stieg Larsson2. FLY AWAY HOME, by Jennifer Weiner3. THE SEARCH, by Nora Roberts4. THE HELP, by Kathryn Stockett5. PRIVATE, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro... More...

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Thursday, 22 July, 2010

Celebrated authors bypass publishing houses to sell ebooks via Amazon

Discontent over digital royalties prompts Roth, Amis and other leading names to enter into exclusive deal with Odyssey EditionsAn eye-wateringly stellar list of authors, from Philip Roth to Orhan Pamuk, Martin Amis and John Updike, is bypassing publishers to sell... More...

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Thursday, 22 July, 2010

Jennifer Salt: The Story Behind the Writer

Jennifer Salt, actress-turned-writer, worked on the film “Eat, Pray, Love.”... More...

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Thursday, 22 July, 2010

Andrew Wylie, Literary Agent, Plans E-Books

The literary agent Andrew Wylie is forming a new publishing venture, Odyssey Editions, that will produce e-book editions of works by some of his clients.... More...

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Thursday, 22 July, 2010

Books of The Times: Bruce Cumings’s ‘Korean War,’ Corrective on Conflict

Bruce Cumings writes a revisionist history of the Korean War, which is misremembered, when it is remembered at all.... More...

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Wednesday, 21 July, 2010

LRB apologises for publishing article 'susceptible' to racist interpretation

Journal backs down in wake of protests that RW Johnson article contained 'highly offensive, age-old racist stereotypes'The London Review of Books has posted a public apology on its website after some of Britain's most distinguished writers, academics and arts figures... More...

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Wednesday, 21 July, 2010

Writers and academics protest over 'racist' LRB blogpost

Seventy-three leading cultural figures have written to the London Review of Books alleging that an article by RW Johnson contained 'highly offensive, age-old racist stereotypes'The London Review of Books has rebuffed some of Britain's most distinguished writers, academics and arts... More...

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Wednesday, 21 July, 2010

Franz Kafka papers should be made public, Israeli judge rules

Czech author's unpublished works, reportedly including handwritten short story, to be revealed for first timeAn Israeli judge overseeing a battle over papers once belonging to Franz Kafka has ruled that details of the documents should be made public, the Guardian... More...

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Wednesday, 21 July, 2010

Hong Kong Book Fair Adds a New Element: Electronic Publishing

The largest event of its kind in the Chinese-speaking market is still largely about selling print books, but this year there are booths of more than 20 companies in the “digital reading interactive zone.”... More...

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Wednesday, 21 July, 2010

Kenneth Branagh in talks to star in Laurence Olivier-Marilyn Monroe film

Michelle Williams may also feature in film depicting squabbles between the two greats during the making of a 1957 movieKenneth Branagh famously found himself touted as the natural heir to Sir Laurence Olivier after reprising the actor's classic role for... More...

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Wednesday, 21 July, 2010

Prize judged by Beryl Bainbridge goes to London student

The Margaret Hewson prize for new writing talent, chosen by Beryl Bainbridge shortly before her recent death, has been prsented to Laura McClellandA prize judged by Beryl Bainbridge shortly before she died earlier this month has been awarded to a... More...

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Wednesday, 21 July, 2010

Mandelson memoirs a hit with bookbuyers, if not colleagues

Despite frosty reception from critics and fellow politicians, The Third Man is an immediate success at the tillsReviews have been lukewarm and his fellow politicians have hardly been complimentary, but Peter Mandelson's autobiography The Third Man has nonetheless become one... More...

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Wednesday, 21 July, 2010

Siegfried Sassoon archive goes on show at Cambridge

Pocket book in which poet denounced the Western Front carnage in A Soldier's Declaration to be exhibited with manuscripts, sketches and diaryThe tiny black notebook in which the poet Siegfried Sassoon wrote his Soldier's Declaration, a shout of rage against... More...

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Wednesday, 21 July, 2010

Forward poetry prize avoids Nobel laureate clash

Shortlist for this year's best poetry collection prize includes Seamus Heaney but overlooks Derek WalcottAn expected clash between Nobel laureates Seamus Heaney and Derek Walcott on the shortlist for this year's Forward prize for best poetry collection has been averted,... More...

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Tuesday, 20 July, 2010

Books of The Times: How to Handle a Pop Star in Carl Hiaasen’s ‘Star Island’

The novelist Carl Hiaasen takes on celebrities in a satirical tale about the self-destructive escapades of an over-the-hill former child star.... More...

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Tuesday, 20 July, 2010

Talk Therapy: Audiobooks by Woody Allen

The filmmaker discusses bringing his essay collections to a new medium.... More...

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Tuesday, 20 July, 2010

Publishers Ready Books on Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Publishers see opportunities in the Deepwater Horizon disaster, if an author has an angle.... More...

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Tuesday, 20 July, 2010

Amazon's ebook milestone: digital sales outstrip hardbacks for first time in US

Amazon US says it has sold 143 digital books for every 100 hardbacks in the last three monthsIt is an announcement that will provoke horror among those who can think of nothing better than spending an afternoon rummaging around a... More...

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Tuesday, 20 July, 2010

'Tome raider' jailed again for stealing valuable books

William Jacques sent to prison for three-and-a-half years for thefts worth £40,000 from Royal Horticultural Society libraryA serial book thief who used a Cambridge degree and a tweed jacket as a "shabby cloak of respectability" to mask his deeds was... More...

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Tuesday, 20 July, 2010

Elizabeth Gaskell bicentenary marked with exhibition

Portraits and personal letters on show in Manchester to commemorate 200th anniversary of author's birthShe is best known for Cranford, much-loved by readers and fans of costume drama, and her biographer Jenny Uglow describes her as a daring pioneer, determined... More...

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Tuesday, 20 July, 2010

'Tome raider' jailed again for stealing antique books

Cambridge graduate William Jacques, who previously stole texts worth a total of £1m, to serve three and a half years in prisonA Cambridge graduate referred to as the "tome raider" who stole antique books worth £40,000 from a world-famous library... More...

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Tuesday, 20 July, 2010

British writer freed from Singapore jail

Alan Shadrake, 75, released on bail after book about country's death penalty led to defamation and contempt of court chargesThe veteran British journalist and author Alan Shadrake was released on bail in Singapore today, following his arrest on suspicion of... More...

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Tuesday, 20 July, 2010

Amazon landmark for digital books

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Tuesday, 20 July, 2010

Books of The Times: ‘Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg: The Letters’ - 'The Typewriter is Holy'

Bill Morgan and David Stanford compile the correspondence between the two core Beat writers; in “The Typewriter Is Holy,” Mr. Morgan surveys Beat history.... More...

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Monday, 19 July, 2010

Amazon Says E-Books Now Top Hardcover Sales

Amazon sold 180 Kindle books for every 100 hardcover books in the last month.... More...

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Monday, 19 July, 2010

Fate of Franz Kafka's literary heritage turns into nightmare ruled on by judge

• Boxes prised opened but contents remain a secret• Sisters resist move to hand over trove to IsraelIf it were any other writer, today's unfolding of events in an anonymous bank vault in Zurich would be described as Kafkaesque. But... More...

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Monday, 19 July, 2010

Conan Doyle expert mounts legal challenge to preserve author's home

Writer uses own money to fight planned redevelopment of Surrey house where Hound of the Baskervilles was writtenA leading expert on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is pursuing a high court review to overturn planning permission for a developer to carve... More...

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Monday, 19 July, 2010

France pioneers 'crowdfunded' publishing

Éditions du Public seeks 'co-editors' who 'invest in what they want to read'From science fiction writers to poets and playwrights, would-be French authors are lining up to take part in France's first venture into crowdfunded literature.... More...

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Monday, 19 July, 2010

Pilot scheme to send book parcels to children in care

Trust established by Siobhan Dowd soon before her death is testing out plans to send 11 to 13-year-olds books by authors including JRR Tolkien and Rick RiordanCarnegie medal-winning children's author Siobhan Dowd believed that "if a child can read, they... More...

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Monday, 19 July, 2010

Sachin Tendulkar's blood used to prepare special edition of his memoirs

De luxe version of the Tendulkar Opus, costing £49,000, features cricketer's blood mixed into paper pulp, tinting the signature pageWorship of cricket's "little master", Sachin Tendulkar, is set to cross a new boundary, as a luxury book publisher brings out... More...

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Monday, 19 July, 2010

Lawyers open cache of unpublished Kafka manuscripts

Swiss bank opens four safety deposit boxes containing manuscripts by the author of The Trial for expert inspectionFranz Kafka wanted all his manuscripts to be burned after his death, but his friend Max Brod disregarded the request, seeding a complex... More...

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Monday, 19 July, 2010

Comics Writer Starts Skybound to Help Newcomers

The writer Robert Kirkman is starting his own imprint to recruit new comic book creators and help get their work off the ground.... More...

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Monday, 19 July, 2010

Books of The Times: Bruce Watson’s ‘Freedom Summer’ in Mississippi

Bruce Watson looks at a tense summer and the volunteers who hoped to crack a system of segregation.... More...

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Sunday, 18 July, 2010

Singapore arrests British author of death penalty book

Alan Shadrake held for alleged criminal defamation and other offences after visiting Singapore for book launchA veteran British journalist and author promoting his book on the death penalty in Singapore was arrested in the country today for alleged criminal defamation... More...

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

Sunday, 18 July, 2010

Tart with a cart? Older song shows Dublin's Molly Malone in new light

Eighteenth-century book containing earliest known version of unofficial anthem tells different storyThe Dublin wits who dubbed the statue of Molly Malone, above, "the tart with the cart", as soon as she appeared on their streets, may not have been far... More...

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Sunday, 18 July, 2010

Off the Shelf: ‘The Climate War’: Going to the Mat on Global Warming

“The Climate War,” by Eric Pooley, details the economic and political aspects of the global-warming debate.... More...

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Saturday, 17 July, 2010

Unlikely Tutor Giving Military Afghan Advice

Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal found an ally in Greg Mortenson, the author of “Three Cups of Tea,” whose work had led to building schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan.... More...

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Saturday, 17 July, 2010

Historian says sorry for fake reviews

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Saturday, 17 July, 2010

Book Review - Nine Lives - In Search of the Sacred in Modern India - By William Dalrymple

A scholar of Indian history explores the diverse religious world of the subcontinent through the lives of nine remarkable individuals.... More...

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Friday, 16 July, 2010

Book Review - Citrus County - By John Brandon

John Brandon’s “Citrus County” is a gripping hybrid of a crime novel and story of rural adolescent longing that subverts the expectations of both genres.... More...

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Friday, 16 July, 2010

Book Review - Where I Live - New and Selected Poems 1990-2010 - By Maxine Kumin

Maxine Kumin’s recent poems confront the likelihood of loss.... More...

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Friday, 16 July, 2010

Book Review - Hamlet’s Blackberry - By William Powers

A technology writer ponders the meaning of our obsessive connectivity.... More...

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Friday, 16 July, 2010

Book Review - Medium Raw - By Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain surveys the food world 10 years after “Kitchen Confidential.”... More...

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Friday, 16 July, 2010

Death to the Dictator! by Afsaneh Moqadam - Between Two Worlds by Roxana Saberi

Accounts of a young Iranian dissident’s imprisonment and torture following 2009’s post-election upheaval, and of a journalist’s own detention shortly before.... More...

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Friday, 16 July, 2010

Book Review - The German Genius - By Peter Watson

A compendium of German contributions in philosophy, art and natural and social science.... More...

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Friday, 16 July, 2010

Historian Orlando Figes agrees to pay damages for fake reviews

Orlando Figes posted reviews on Amazon praising his own work and rubbishing that of his rivalsOne of Britain's leading historians, Orlando Figes, is to pay damages and costs to two rivals who launched a libel case after a row erupted... More...

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Friday, 16 July, 2010

Book Review - Bodyworld - Written and illustrated by Dash Shaw

Characters in Dash Shaw’s graphic novel don’t just read one another’s minds; they share them.... More...

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Friday, 16 July, 2010

Leaving Rock Harbor by Rebecca Chace - The House on Salt Hay Road by Carin Clevidence

Two novels, framed by events, reconstruct history through relationships filled with love and fraught with loss.... More...

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Friday, 16 July, 2010

Book Review - In Rough Country - By Joyce Carol Oates

Joyce Carol Oates explores difficult terrain, including the death of her husband, in this nonfiction collection.... More...

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Friday, 16 July, 2010

Big booksellers bank on stronger cast of celebrities to lift Christmas sales

New offerings from top literary names likely to add lustre to autumn marketLast year, the book trade bet heavily on a flurry of C-list celebrity memoirs and got badly burned. This autumn, the focus is on quality, with Stephen Fry... More...

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Friday, 16 July, 2010

Questions for the Novelist Gary Shteyngart: The Russian Immigrant’s Handbook

The writer talks about his new book, spies and the state of reading.... More...

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Friday, 16 July, 2010

Essay: Only Disconnect

Out of cellphone range, I wake up from my techno-fugue state and remember who I am and why I write.... More...

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Friday, 16 July, 2010

Children’s Books: Bookshelf - More Reviews

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Friday, 16 July, 2010

Children’s Books: Abby Carnelia’s One and Only Magical Power - By David Pogue

A novel about discovering and appreciating your own gifts — even if those gifts mainly consist of the ability to spin a hard-boiled egg by pulling on your ears.... More...

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Friday, 16 July, 2010

Children’s Books: City Dog, Country Frog by Mo Willems and Jon J Muth - Forever Friends by Carin Berger

Stories of a dog befriending a frog, from Mo Willems and Jon J Muth, and a rabbit befriending a bird, by Carin Berger.... More...

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Friday, 16 July, 2010

Book Review - Sophia Tolstoy - A Biography - By Alexandra Popoff

A new biography defends the reputation of Sophia Tolstoy.... More...

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Friday, 16 July, 2010

Book Review - Galveston - By Nic Pizzolatto

In Nic Pizzolatto’s first novel, a prostitute and a mob enforcer on the run hide out in East Texas.... More...

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Friday, 16 July, 2010

Book Review - William Golding - By John Carey

A biography of William Golding, whose first novel — “Lord of the Flies” — began as a blessing to its 42-year-old author, but came to seem like a curse overshadowing his other work.... More...

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Friday, 16 July, 2010

Paperback Row

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Friday, 16 July, 2010

Crime: Mystery Novels by Tana French, James Lee Burke, Catherine O’Flynn and Parnell Hall

Mystery novels by Tana French, James Lee Burke, Catherine O’Flynn and Parnell Hall.... More...

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Friday, 16 July, 2010

Editors’ Choice

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Friday, 16 July, 2010

Historian pays damages for fake Amazon reviews

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Friday, 16 July, 2010

TBR: Inside the List

Kendra Wilkinson — a former live-in playmate of Hugh Hefner and the current wife of the Philadelphia Eagles’s Hank Baskett — makes the list with “Sliding Into Home.”... More...

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Friday, 16 July, 2010

Jeffrey Eugenides reveals details of Middlesex follow-up

Eight years on from his Pulitzer prize-winner, novelist says he is 'two-thirds done' on 'tightly dramatised' love storyJeffrey Eugenides will never win any prizes for speed: almost 10 years elapsed between the publication of his acclaimed debut, The Virgin Suicides,... More...

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Friday, 16 July, 2010

Up Front: Daniel Handler

If you have children, you probably know Daniel Handler as Lemony Snicket. But he has also written three adult novels under his own name.... More...

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Friday, 16 July, 2010

Books of The Times: ‘Think of a Number,’ Crime Story From John Verdon

John Verdon’s debut mystery stars a retired homicide detective who has moved to the foothills of the Catskills to begin a new life.... More...

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Thursday, 15 July, 2010

Armchair Traveler: Book Review: The Woman Who Fell from the Sky: An American Journalist in Yemen

The account of a New Yorker who accepts a job in Yemen running a newspaper and teaching journalism, and her experiences in this harsh, poor Muslim land.... More...

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Thursday, 15 July, 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. THE GLASS... More...

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Thursday, 15 July, 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. AUSTIN, by Linda Lael Miller4. KNOCKOUT, by Catherine Coulter5. THE LUCKY ONE, by Nicholas Sparks... More...

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Thursday, 15 July, 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. UNDER THE DOME, by Stephen King5. SWIMSUIT, by James Patterson and Maxine... More...

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Thursday, 15 July, 2010

Hardcover Nonfiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. ---- MY DAD SAYS, by Justin Halpern2. MEDIUM RAW, by Anthony Bourdain3. COMING BACK STRONGER, by Drew Brees with Chris Fabry4. SLIDING INTO HOME, by Kendra Wilkinson5. THE BIG SHORT, by Michael Lewis... More...

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Thursday, 15 July, 2010

Hardcover Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. THE SEARCH, by Nora Roberts2. THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST, by Stieg Larsson3. PRIVATE, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro4. SIZZLING SIXTEEN, by Janet Evanovich5. THE HELP, by Kathryn Stockett... More...

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Thursday, 15 July, 2010

Karl Rove ranges on to new ground with summer book club

His influence over US readers may fall short of Oprah's, but growing numbers are joining the ex-presidential adviser's projectKarl Rove, the former deputy chief of staff to George W Bush and the man known as "Bush's brain", has started a... More...

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

Thursday, 15 July, 2010

BBC Audiobooks buyer promises big investment and celebrity titles

Former Polygram chief Michael Kuhn says operation is 'good old-fashioned business' needing to adapt for digital ageThe new owners of BBC Audiobooks, publisher of titles including Under Milk Wood, has pledged a multi-million-pound investment and new titles including stories by... More...

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

Thursday, 15 July, 2010

Currents | Q&A: Historian Links Architects’ Works to Glamour

The historian’s new book, “American Glamour and the Evolution of Modern Architecture,” says glamour tied together postwar architects.... More...

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Thursday, 15 July, 2010

New Books by Ivan Doig, Ayelet Waldman and Lily King

Novels on family subjects by Ayalet Waldman, Lily King, Carey Wallace, Justin Kramon, Vendela Vida and Ivan Doig.... More...

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Wednesday, 14 July, 2010

Books of The Times: David Nicholls’s ‘One Day’: Britons Meet and Miss

David Nicholls’s novel tracks a star-crossed pair of almost lovers across 20 years of July 15ths.... More...

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Wednesday, 14 July, 2010

BBC Audiobooks sold

BBC Worldwide sells 85% of its audiobook division to AudioGo, company set up by former Polygram executiveBBC Worldwide has sold an 85% stake in BBC Audiobooks, which publishes titles including Richard Burton's Under Milk Wood, Winnie the Pooh and The... More...

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

Wednesday, 14 July, 2010

Generation X author moves from fiction to fashion

Douglas Coupland launches new line of clothing promising to 'explore a new way of seeing Canada'Madonna's done it, so has Kate Moss – even Liam Gallagher's launched his own clothing line. But at last, fashion is taking a more literary... More...

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Wednesday, 14 July, 2010

Jonathan Franzen rave revives interest in neglected Australian writer

The Corrections author's endorsement gives huge fillip to sales of Christina Stead's The Man Who Loved ChildrenA little-known 70-year-old novel by the Australian author Christina Stead has been given a new lease of life in the US thanks to Jonathan... More...

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Wednesday, 14 July, 2010

Books of The Times: A Hedge-Fund Manager Speaks in ‘Diary of a Very Bad Year’

In this book of interviews, an anonymous hedge-fund manager tells everything — except his name.... More...

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Wednesday, 14 July, 2010

Cornering the Market on Nanny Novels

The nanny novel lives on, showcasing complex and imperfect nannies whose personal stories intersect with larger questions about race, class, immigration and parenthood.... More...

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Tuesday, 13 July, 2010

Waterstone's bid to keep it local

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Tuesday, 13 July, 2010

Barnes & Noble squares up to tycoon Ron Burkle in poison pill trial

Bookseller Barnes & Noble is locked in a fierce courtroom battle with private equity tycoon Ron BurkleIts expertise lies in the genteel world of novels, poetry and college textbooks. But America's biggest high-street bookseller, Barnes & Noble, is embroiled in... More...

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Tuesday, 13 July, 2010

Fresh details surface about fourth book in Stieg Larsson's Millennium series

Email late Swedish author sent to friend reveals unpublished work was set in remote part of CanadaA friend of Stieg Larsson's has revealed new details about the fourth book in the late Swedish author's bestselling Millennium series, which he said... More...

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Tuesday, 13 July, 2010

No more heroes for Watchmen's Alan Moore | Alison Flood

Graphic novelist abandons the superhero genre, saying that today's comic-book characters are more bullies than representatives of 'a wellspring of the imagination'With Watchmen's Dr Manhattan, Rorschach and friends, Alan Moore created superheroes who defined an era, but the comic book... More...

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Tuesday, 13 July, 2010

American Splendor author Harvey Pekar dies aged 70

Comic book writer acclaimed for chronicles of mundane tribulations of US life found dead at homeComic book writer Harvey Pekar, creator of the acclaimed autobiographical series American Splendor, died early yesterday morning aged 70.... More...

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Tuesday, 13 July, 2010

Books on Science: Seashells by the Thousands, and the Stories They Tell

A big and heavy guide to mollusks and the external skeletons they call home.... More...

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Tuesday, 13 July, 2010

Clara Claiborne Park, 86, Dies; Wrote About Autistic Child

Her 1967 book, “The Siege,” was credited with assuaging the guilt that so many parents of autistic children had felt and providing insight for psychiatrists, psychologists, educators and advocates.... More...

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Tuesday, 13 July, 2010

Memoir Recounts Tumult in Downing Street After Inconclusive British Election

A new political memoir by Peter Mandelson recounts the final, behind-the-scene moments of Gordon Brown’s Labour government.... More...

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Tuesday, 13 July, 2010

'American Splendor' author found dead at home

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Tuesday, 13 July, 2010

British literary giants pay their respects to Beryl Bainbridge

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Tuesday, 13 July, 2010

Books of The Times: ‘The Divine Life of Animals’ by Ptolemy Tompkins

A brief history of the souls of animals, and whether pets wind up in heaven.... More...

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Monday, 12 July, 2010

Ebook deals 'not remotely fair' on authors

Digital publishing deals locking writers in for the duration of copyright risk damaging industry, says Society of Authors chairThe chair of the Society of Authors, Tom Holland, has hit out at publishers' attempt to seize control over electronic rights, calling... More...

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Monday, 12 July, 2010

Mark Twain's autobiography: reports of his life greatly anticipated

The 100-year ban on publishing Mark Twain's memoirs ends, bringing to light childhood memories that inspired children's classics Huckleberry Finn and Tom SawyerThe schoolboy memories that inspired Mark Twain's much-loved children's characters Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer are revealed for... More...

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Monday, 12 July, 2010

Books of the Times: Tana French’s Thriller ‘Faithful Place’

In Tana French’s novel “Faithful Place,” an Irish detective learns you can go home again, but would probably rather not.... More...

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Sunday, 11 July, 2010

‘The Official Major League Baseball Opus’ Has It All, Almost

Major League Baseball has produced a 75-pound, $3,000 tome that traces the game’s history through 110,000 words and more than 1,000 photographs and illustrations.... More...

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Sunday, 11 July, 2010

Diary wars of Mandelson and Blair may be New Labour's final spin

Former prime minister denies claims he tried to delay publication of memoirs, with sources suggesting story was a ploy to increase publicityThe "diary wars" between New Labour's founding fathers intensified yesterday when friends of Tony Blair flatly denied that he... More...

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Saturday, 10 July, 2010

Off the Shelf: In Two New Books, Investment Advice for Tough Times

New books counsel consumers to take control of their investments and to live well below their means.... More...

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Saturday, 10 July, 2010

Mark Twain’s Unexpurgated Autobiography

A very different Mark Twain emerges in his unexpurgated autobiography, whose first volume is about to be published, a century after his death.... More...

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Saturday, 10 July, 2010

Carol Ann Duffy unveils new World Cup poem

Poet laureate makes a footballer her narrator in The Shirt, a new piece timed to coincide with the World Cup 2010 finalRead The Shirt by the poet laureate, and other sporting poemsAfter her lament for David Beckham's ruptured achilles tendon... More...

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Saturday, 10 July, 2010

Family of Spain's dead great poet Hernandez want name cleared

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Saturday, 10 July, 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. ONE DAY, by David Nicholls5. SWIMSUIT, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro... More...

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Friday, 9 July, 2010

Book Review - A Visit From the Goon Squad - By Jennifer Egan

In her unclassifiably elaborate novel, Jennifer Egan creates a set of characters linked to the music business and lets relentless time have its way with them.... More...

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Friday, 9 July, 2010

Spy swap: John le Carré watches the exchange

The creator of George Smiley looks on as Russian and US agents are swapped in the largest such event since the cold warWhich Russia did these deluded spy-babies fantasise about when they played under the bedclothes with their top-of-the-range spy... More...

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Friday, 9 July, 2010

Cultural Studies: Missed the Author’s Tour? See the Video

The video is becoming an essential element of marketing books online.... More...

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Friday, 9 July, 2010

Raymond Scott guilty of handling stolen folio of Shakespeare's plays

Conman who drove a Ferrari is cleared of the actual theft but convicted of handling stolen goods and smugglingA conman faces a long jail term for trying to make £1m by selling a stolen copy of the First Folio of... More...

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Friday, 9 July, 2010

Paperback Row

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Friday, 9 July, 2010

Editors’ Choice

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Friday, 9 July, 2010

Book Review - The More I Owe You - By Michael Sledge

A novel about the Brazilian life and love of the poet Elizabeth Bishop.... More...

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Friday, 9 July, 2010

Up Front: Brenda Wineapple

Brenda Wineapple has spent much of her own literary career writing about writers.... More...

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Friday, 9 July, 2010

TBR: Inside the List

After Christopher Hitchens announced he had esophageal cancer, a debate broke out about whether it was O.K to pray for the famous atheist and author of “Hitch-22.”... More...

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Friday, 9 July, 2010

Essay: Hayek: The Back Story

Friedrich von Hayek’s “Road to Serfdom,” lately embraced by Glenn Beck, has a long history of timely assists from the popular media.... More...

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Friday, 9 July, 2010

In Sickness

Memoirs about life — and death — with cancer, by Sarah Gabriel, Bruce Feiler and Katherine Rosman.... More...

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Friday, 9 July, 2010

US writers dominate Frank O'Connor award shortlist

Strong showing for US authors on €35,000 short story prize shortlist counters recent suggestions that American fiction is in declineJust two weeks after the critic Lee Siegel launched a literary war by declaring American fiction "culturally irrelevant", US writers have... More...

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Friday, 9 July, 2010

Book Review - Rock Paper Tiger - By Lisa Brackmann

In this thriller, a young American with Iraq behind her plunges into China, where she is pursued by thugs, suits and artists.... More...

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Friday, 9 July, 2010

Book Review - The Men Who Would Be King - By Nicole LaPorte - History of Dreamworks

An account of DreamWorks SKG, the first new Hollywood studio in more than a half-century.... More...

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Friday, 9 July, 2010

Book Review - Sugar - A Bittersweet History - By Elizabeth Abbott

Before oil became an all-powerful commodity, as Elizabeth Abbott shows, there was sugar.... More...

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Friday, 9 July, 2010

Book Review - Faith, Interrupted - A Spiritual Journey - By Eric Lax

Eric Lax, who not only respects but envies his still-religious friends, has written a steady, quiet love letter to the Christianity he abandoned.... More...

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Friday, 9 July, 2010

Book Review - The Price of Altruism - By Oren Harman

A look at the scientific study of altruism through the life of George Price, a researcher distressed to find no kindness undiluted.... More...

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Friday, 9 July, 2010

Book Review - The Nobodies Album - By Carolyn Parkhurst

This novel’s novelist tries to rewrite her own life after her son is suspected of murder.... More...

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Friday, 9 July, 2010

Book Review - Lay the Favorite - A Memoir of Gambling - By Beth Raymer

A young woman’s memoir of life as a Las Vegas sports bookie.... More...

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Friday, 9 July, 2010

Book Review - No Way Down - Life and Death on K2 - By Graham Bowley

A Times reporter’s account of a disastrous day on K2, the world’s second-highest mountain, during which 11 climbers perished.... More...

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Friday, 9 July, 2010

Book Review - The Lovers - By Vendela Vida

In this novel, a widow trying to revisit her honeymoon to Turkey finds that her regrets are her travel companions.... More...

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Friday, 9 July, 2010

Book Review - Young Romantics - By Daisy Hay

This group biography of Byron, Shelley and their circle — the women and children suffered mightily — is a triumph of artful synthesis.... More...

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Friday, 9 July, 2010

Book Review - The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ - By Philip Pullman

Philip Pullman’s retelling of the Gospels distinguishes between the human and the divine nature of Jesus, with Mary giving birth to the twins of the title.... More...

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Friday, 9 July, 2010

Book Review - Wide Awake - A Memoir of Insomnia - By Patricia Morrisroe

A personal quest for better sleep shapes Patricia Morrisroe’s look at the science, economics and sociology of insomnia.... More...

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Friday, 9 July, 2010

Antiques dealer guilty of handling stolen Shakespeare First Folio

Book disappeared 12 years ago from Durham University, resurfacing when Raymond Scott showed it to library in USAn antiques dealer who tried to sell a rare copy of Shakespeare's First Folio has been found guilty of handling stolen goods and... More...

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Friday, 9 July, 2010

Anne Frank graphic novel launched

Comic book of most widely read document to emerge from the Holocaust is aimed at teenagers who might not pick up her diaryThe Anne Frank House Museum in Amsterdam has launched a graphic novel version of the teenage Jewish diarist's... More...

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Friday, 9 July, 2010

Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird soars up the charts

Celebrations in libraries, bookshops and cinemas marking 50 years since Harper Lee's Pulitzer prize-winning classic was first published push To Kill a Mockingbird high up the UK's bestseller listsFifty years after it first became a bestseller, Harper Lee's groundbreaking story... More...

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Friday, 9 July, 2010

A Year in Poetry at Poets House in Lower Manhattan

Poets House in Lower Manhattan is showing its annual collection of poetry and its paraphernalia.... More...

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Friday, 9 July, 2010

Art Review: Galleries Interpret Richard Price’s ‘Lush Life’

Richard Price’s “Lush Life” is interpreted, chapter by chapter, in a nine-gallery show.... More...

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Friday, 9 July, 2010

Book Review - Work Song - By Ivan Doig

Ivan Doig’s novel imagines Butte, Mont., under the baleful sway of the Anaconda mining company after World War I.... More...

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Friday, 9 July, 2010

Books of The Times: James Sullivan on George Carlin’s Life: ‘Seven Dirty Words’

James Sullivan’s life of George Carlin is a bantam-weight biography that fills in the comic’s image.... More...

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Thursday, 8 July, 2010

Tombstone Found on N.Y. Sidewalk Posed a Mystery

A man walking his dog found a gravemarker propped up against a fire hydrant in Manhattan, so he did what any self-respecting New Yorker would do: began a quest to find the deceased.... More...

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Thursday, 8 July, 2010

Chicago commissioner defends library funding | Alison Flood

Chicago official 'astounded' after report on TV channel questions spending of public money on librariesChicago's public library commissioner has hit back at a report on WFLD Television that suggested libraries are a "waste of tax money", saying that the argument... More...

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Thursday, 8 July, 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. RESILIENCE, by... More...

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Thursday, 8 July, 2010

Paperback Mass-Market Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, by Stieg Larsson2. AUSTIN, by Linda Lael Miller3. LOVE IN THE AFTERNOON, by Lisa Kleypas4. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE, by Stieg Larsson5. FINGER LICKIN’ FIFTEEN, by Janet... More...

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Thursday, 8 July, 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. CHELSEA CHELSEA BANG BANG, by Chelsea Handler5. SPOKEN FROM THE HEART, by Laura Bush... More...

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Thursday, 8 July, 2010

Hardcover Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. PRIVATE, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro2. SIZZLING SIXTEEN, by Janet Evanovich3. THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST, by Stieg Larsson4. THE OVERTON WINDOW, by Glenn Beck5. THE HELP, by Kathryn Stockett... More...

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Thursday, 8 July, 2010

Print v iPads: books win!

The speed race, at least. Books are faster and 'more relaxing' to read, but iPads and Kindles are 'more satisfying', finds new studyE-book readers might be heralded as the future of literature but a new report shows that it's still... More...

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Thursday, 8 July, 2010

US libraries hit back at Fox News | Alison Flood

Chicago official 'astounded' after report on channel questions spending of public money on librariesChicago's public library commissioner has hit back at a report on Fox News that suggested libraries are a "waste of tax money", saying that the argument posed... More...

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Thursday, 8 July, 2010

Books of The Times: New-Wave Drug Dealers in Don Winslow’s ‘Savages’

Don Winslow’s 13th novel, a thriller set in the Southern California drug world, may catapult him into a new league.... More...

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Wednesday, 7 July, 2010

Dedalus flying high after winning Arts Council grant

Tiny publisher has funding reinstated following support from JM Coetzee, Jonathan Coe and Alan HollinghurstAfter a lengthy battle and support from JM Coetzee, Jonathan Coe and the president of the European Commission, tiny literary publisher Dedalus has finally won back... More...

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Wednesday, 7 July, 2010

Journalist whose got Stanley McChrystal fired lands Afghanistan book deal

Michael Hastings to release 'unfiltered' account of war following explosive Rolling Stone piece in which top Nato commander attacked Obama administrationTwo weeks after Michael Hastings's explosive article in Rolling Stone led to the sacking of General Stanley McChrystal, the journalist... More...

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Wednesday, 7 July, 2010

Ann Waldron, Biographer of Southern Writers, Dies at 85

A daughter of the South, Ms. Waldron wrote three biographies about Southern writers and editors.... More...

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Wednesday, 7 July, 2010

Books of The Times: ‘William Golding,’ the Lighter Side, by John Carey

A biography of the novelist William Golding, whose “Lord of the Flies” became a bible of tortured adolescence in America, has some lighter notes.... More...

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Wednesday, 7 July, 2010

Leading prize for 'Homeric' story

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Wednesday, 7 July, 2010

Joanna Harris's revenge

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Tuesday, 6 July, 2010

Oxford University opens Anglo-Saxon archive to online submissions | Alison Flood

Public invited to contribute to Project Woruldhord, a free online library relating to Old English and the Anglo-SaxonsWidespread interest in last year's discovery of a hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold in Staffordshire has prompted Oxford University to embark on a mission... More...

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Tuesday, 6 July, 2010

Olufemi Terry wins Caine prize for African writing

Judges of prize known as the African Booker praised the 'Homeric scale' of short story by Sierra Leone's Olufemi TerryA "Homeric" story of life and death in a city rubbish dump has won Sierra Leone's Olufemi Terry the Caine prize... More...

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Tuesday, 6 July, 2010

Bookshops pin hopes on Jonathan Franzen's return with Freedom

Freedom, Jonathan Franzen's first novel since his 2001 international bestseller, The Corrections, explores the disintegration of an avant-garde, American familyNine years after Jonathan Franzen took the literary world by storm with his story of a crumbling American family, The Corrections,... More...

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Tuesday, 6 July, 2010

Books of The Times: In ‘Lucy’ by Laurence Gonzales, a New Species

In Laurence Gonzales’s novel, a 14-year-old is just like any other Facebook-using teenager except for one thing: she is part human, part ape.... More...

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Monday, 5 July, 2010

Arts, Briefly: Polish Translation Award

Danuta Borchardt has won the 2010 Found in Translation Award for her translation of the novelist Witold Gombrowicz’s “Pornografia,” published last year by Grove Atlantic.... More...

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Monday, 5 July, 2010

Connections: Two New Books About Anti-Semitism

Two hefty new books, “A Lethal Obsession” and “Trials of the Diaspora,” show that anti-Semitism has not faded into irrelevance.... More...

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Monday, 5 July, 2010

Writers deluge reopening of flood-hit Cumbria bookshop

Hunter Davies, Ann Cleeves and Jacob Polley among a tide of authors supporting the family-run New Bookshop in CockermouthCrime writers, poets and celebrity authors came together yesterday to support the reopening of the bookshop in Cockermouth that was devastated by... More...

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

Monday, 5 July, 2010

WS Merwin is America's new poet laureate – at 82 | Alison Flood

The octogenarian's 'profound and accessible' poems will gain a wider audience when he takes up his post later this yearFollowing in the footsteps of greats such as Robert Frost and Elizabeth Bishop, WS Merwin will take up the mantle of... More...

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Monday, 5 July, 2010

Books of The Times: Chilling Abduction in Chevy Stevens’s ‘Still Missing’

A real-estate saleswoman is abducted during an open house, and the novelist Chevy Stevens explores the prisoner-captive dynamic in “Still Missing,” her debut.... More...

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Sunday, 4 July, 2010

Literary storm rages as critic Lee Siegel pronounces the American novel dead

Leading commentator says era of great novelists such as Twain and Hemingway has passed... More...

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Sunday, 4 July, 2010

Tim Waterstone pens thinly disguised saga of book world treachery

Book chain founder's new novel includes caricatures of big names from publishing and newspapersThe entrepreneur Tim Waterstone, founder of the book chain that bears his name, has set an intriguing summer puzzle for his friends and former associates.... More...

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Sunday, 4 July, 2010

Beryl Bainbridge, Mordant Novelist, Is Dead at 77

Ms. Bainbridge’s sparely written, mordant novels — often with a dark comic edge — made her one of the most distinctive and admired voices in postwar British fiction.... More...

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Saturday, 3 July, 2010

Book Review - On Whitman - By C. K. Williams

C. K. Williams’s poetry-rich eulogy of Walt Whitman sees him as the forefather of the carefree physicality of the 1960s.... More...

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Saturday, 3 July, 2010

Book Review - Pearl Buck in China - By Hilary Spurling

The vast historical backdrop of this biography of the writer Pearl Buck informs but never overwhelms its remarkable, elusive subject.... More...

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Saturday, 3 July, 2010

Elliott Kastner, Producer of Literary Films, Dies at 80

Mr. Kastner, a filmmaker with an affinity for literary writers, produced films like “Equus,” “Harper” and “The Long Goodbye.”... More...

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Saturday, 3 July, 2010

A singular life dedicated to prose and the party circuit

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Saturday, 3 July, 2010

Roy Foster: Her unique voice spoke of the shy and insecure

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Saturday, 3 July, 2010

Oscar Hijuelos Returns to His Muse

The novelist Oscar Hijuelos, whose newest book, “Beautiful Maria of My Soul,” was published last month, explores what it means to be Cuban in Miami and what it means anywhere else.... More...

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Friday, 2 July, 2010

Book Review - The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet - By David Mitchell

David Mitchell’s historical novel about a Dutchman in Edo-era Japan is an achingly romantic story of forbidden love.... More...

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Friday, 2 July, 2010

Paperback Row

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Friday, 2 July, 2010

Editors’ Choice

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Friday, 2 July, 2010

Book Review - Bob Marley - By Chris Salewicz

An indefatigably thorough new biography of the Jamaican reggae singer.... More...

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Friday, 2 July, 2010

Books About Henry Clay

Two new books assess the career of Henry Clay, an architect of the Compromise of 1850.... More...

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Friday, 2 July, 2010

Books About Eliot Spitzer

Two accounts of the rise and fall of Eliot Spitzer, one from a Fortune magazine editor and another from a former senior adviser.... More...

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Friday, 2 July, 2010

Crime: Detective Novels by Mike Lawson, Sharyn McCrumb, Camilla Lackberg, Jodi Compton and Zoë Sharp

Detective novels by Mike Lawson, Sharyn McCrumb, Camilla Lackberg, Jodi Compton and Zoë Sharp.... More...

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Friday, 2 July, 2010

Book Review - The Eastern Stars - By Mark Kurlansky

The story of how a relatively small town in the Dominican Republic has become a factory for baseball talent.... More...

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Friday, 2 July, 2010

Up Front: David Pogue

As this issue went to press, David Pogue had 4,613 Facebook friends.... More...

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Friday, 2 July, 2010

Book Review - The Facebook Effect - By David Kirkpatrick

A fascinating history of Facebook, and a thoughtful analysis of the Web site’s impact.... More...

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Friday, 2 July, 2010

Essay: Ben Franklin Is a Big Fat Idiot

Franklin had always been an inspiration and a beacon to me. At least until I reread Poor Richard’s Almanac.... More...

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Friday, 2 July, 2010

Book Review - The Frozen Rabbi - By Steve Stern

A cryonically preserved sage is loosed on modern-day Memphis in this manically virtuosic novel.... More...

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Friday, 2 July, 2010

Book Review - Wilson - By Daniel Clowes

The idiosyncratic Everyman of Daniel Clowes’s graphic novel is lonely, conflicted, nettlesome, genuinely funny and all too human.... More...

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Friday, 2 July, 2010

Book Review - American Music - By Jane Mendelsohn

In this novel, a therapist’s touch unlocks stories of a family, past loves and the swing era.... More...

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Friday, 2 July, 2010

TBR: Inside the List

Janet Evanovich conquers the fiction best-seller list yet again, with “Sizzling Sixteen.” Will the graphic books list be next?... More...

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Friday, 2 July, 2010

Author Beryl Bainbridge dies aged 77

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Friday, 2 July, 2010

Beryl Bainbridge dies, aged 75

The grande dame of British literature passed away in the early hours of this morning, her literary agency has confirmedAcclaimed novelist and grande dame of British literature Dame Beryl Bainbridge has died aged 75. She passed away in the early... More...

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Friday, 2 July, 2010

North Korea book wins top award

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Friday, 2 July, 2010

Books of The Times: Ann Beattie’s ‘Walks With Men’: Secrets of the ’80s

In Ann Beattie’s novella of New York in the 1980s, a woman develops a relationship with an older man who offers instructions on how to live.... More...

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Thursday, 1 July, 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...

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Thursday, 1 July, 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. FINGER LICKIN’ FIFTEEN, by Janet Evanovich4. BLACK HILLS, by Nora Roberts5. THE NEIGHBOR, by Lisa Gardner... More...

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Thursday, 1 July, 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. TAKE FOUR, by Karen Kingsbury... More...

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Thursday, 1 July, 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. CHELSEA CHELSEA BANG BANG, by Chelsea Handler5. SPOKEN FROM THE HEART, by Laura Bush... More...

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Thursday, 1 July, 2010

Hardcover Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. SIZZLING SIXTEEN, by Janet Evanovich2. THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST, by Stieg Larsson3. THE OVERTON WINDOW, by Glenn Beck4. FAMILY TIES, by Danielle Steel5. THE LION, by Nelson DeMille... More...

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Thursday, 1 July, 2010

Moving tales of North Korean lives win Samuel Johnson prize

Barbara Demick's 'very, very readable' Nothing to Envy scoops top non-fiction award... More...

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Thursday, 1 July, 2010

Real-life stories from North Korea win Samuel Johnson prize

Journalist Barbara Demick's Nothing to Envy, an investigation into life in North Korea, opens judges eyes and wins top award for non-fictionNo heavyweight biographies of long-dead artists or writers for the judges of this year's top award for non-fiction: instead,... More...

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Thursday, 1 July, 2010

Ed Vaizey puts libraries at heart of 'big society'

Culture minister sets out his vision for libraries as campaigners take councils to task with a national 'charter for change'Thousands of library users around the country are coming together to tell their local councils what they want from their libraries:... More...

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Thursday, 1 July, 2010

Philip Gross wins the Wales Book of the Year award

First he won this year's TS Eliot award, now the Glamorgan University professor takes the prize for the Wales Book of the Year for his paean to the footings of electricity pylonsIt's been quite a year for Philip Gross. The... More...

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Thursday, 1 July, 2010

Books: Hawaii and Nature Are Inspirations for W. S. Merwin

W. S. Merwin, the new poet laureate, is a fierce nature poet in an age of environmental crisis.... More...

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Thursday, 1 July, 2010

W. S. Merwin to Be Named Poet Laureate

W. S. Merwin, an undisputed master, will be named the 17th American poet laureate.... More...

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Thursday, 1 July, 2010

Author Christopher Hitchens diagnosed with cancer

Polemicist cancels book tour promoting autobiography and will undergo chemotherapyThe author and polemicist Christopher Hitchens yesterday announced he was cutting short a promotional book tour in order to undergo chemotherapy treatment.... More...

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

Thursday, 1 July, 2010

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