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Issue 50 / December 2012

July 2011

Books of The Times: A Very Big Man and the Brother Who Resents Him

David Whitehouse’s “Bed” concerns an obese man and the family members who care for him.... More...

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Sunday, 31 July, 2011

Cultural rebirth as Kashmir holds its first literary festival

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Sunday, 31 July, 2011

The Guest List: The best and worst literary moments

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Sunday, 31 July, 2011

Editors’ Choice

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

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Saturday, 30 July, 2011

The Mechanic Muse: The Jargon of the Novel, Computed

We like to think modern fiction is free from pretensions of the past. But computer analysis reveals that linguistic tics endure.... More...

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Saturday, 30 July, 2011

Know Thyself: Easier Said Than Done

A philosopher argues that we have a poor understanding of our conscious experience.... More...

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Saturday, 30 July, 2011

The Pitfalls and Pleasures of the Current Realist Novel

The hero of this novel, a Brooklyn poet, is thrown out by his wife for adultery he didn’t commit.... More...

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Saturday, 30 July, 2011

Up Front: Maria Russo

In her professional life, as an editor at Salon.com, The New York Observer and The Los Angeles Times, Maria Russo has seen and felt the disruptive effects of the Internet.... More...

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Saturday, 30 July, 2011

Total Family Breakdown, 21st-Century Manhattan Style

In this timely novel, a family’s Manhattan life comes crashing down when their 15-year-old forwards a sexually explicit video made for him, unsolicited, by a girl two years younger.... More...

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Saturday, 30 July, 2011

A Novel of Dark Sexual Obsession

A sexual obsession pulls this novel’s heroine into her darkest self.... More...

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Saturday, 30 July, 2011

Paperback Row

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

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Saturday, 30 July, 2011

Shortcuts: Options for Self-Publishing Proliferate, Easing the Bar to Entry

A wide range of options exists for authors who choose to forgo traditional book publishing.... More...

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Saturday, 30 July, 2011

Master of the Gilded Age Congress

A life of Thomas Reed, the Gilded Age Congressional leader.... More...

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Saturday, 30 July, 2011

The Age of Anti-Serious Seriousness

Lee Siegel explains how seriousness has evolved in Western society, from the age of Socrates to that of contemporary TV hosts.... More...

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Saturday, 30 July, 2011

A Scrappy Slum Urchin Goes to Sea

In Carol Birch’s historical novel, a young boy is lured on a sea voyage to hunt for a Komodo dragon in the East Indies.... More...

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Saturday, 30 July, 2011

In Sapphire’s New Novel, Life Without Precious

In this sequel to “Push,” Precious has died, and her son finds himself in a world of brutality.... More...

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Saturday, 30 July, 2011

Impressed by Weeds

A British nature writer is impressed by the ubiquitous resiliency of what we call weeds.... More...

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Saturday, 30 July, 2011

Being German in 1945

A history of the occupation of Germany after 1945, where there was little resistance to the Allies even as Hitler’s influence lingered.... More...

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Saturday, 30 July, 2011

Why We Deregulated the Banks

Jeff Madrick traces the regulatory and cultural changes that led to America’s current financial trouble.... More...

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Saturday, 30 July, 2011

Sex, Lies and Data Mining

Two computational neuroscientists analyze Web searches to identify sexual desires and preferences.... More...

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Saturday, 30 July, 2011

TBR: Inside the List

In her latest best seller, “Of Thee I Zing,” the conservative pundit Laura Ingraham takes aim at the nation’s “lactating daddies,” FarmVille gamers and “creative” baby names.... More...

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Saturday, 30 July, 2011

Model, film star, now writer: Grace Coddington story opens new chapter

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Saturday, 30 July, 2011

ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: Helen Schulman's 'This Beautiful Life'

On the cover of Sunday's Book Review, Maria Russo reviews Helen Schulman's latest novel, "This Beautiful Life."... More...

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Friday, 29 July, 2011

ArtsBeat: Exposing Literary Style, One Word at a Time

In this week's Book Review, I write about scholars in the digital humanities who use computer analysis to zero in on the nitty-gritty of literary style. Many of their tools are now publicly available online.... More...

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Friday, 29 July, 2011

ArtsBeat: Graphic Books Best Sellers: Haunted Real Estate (and Hero)

The hardcover list has three new books this week.... More...

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Friday, 29 July, 2011

Agatha Christie's surfing secret revealed

Hercule Poirot creator and her first husband Archie may have been among the first Britons to learn how to surf standing upHercule Poirot never risked his little grey cells – nor his impeccably waxed moustache – by attempting to hang... More...

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

Friday, 29 July, 2011

ArtsBeat: Linda Ronstadt Writing a Memoir

The book is tentatively scheduled to come out in 2013.... More...

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Friday, 29 July, 2011

ArtsBeat: Will Winter Keep Coming? HBO Discusses the Future of 'Game of Thrones'

Could the HBO series run out of material before George R. R. Martin has finished writing the books it's based on?... More...

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Friday, 29 July, 2011

World Book Night giveaway goes international

The US signs up as World Book Night's first international partner, with one million free books due to be handed out on each side of the Atlantic in April 2012World Book Night, already billed as "the biggest book giveaway ever",... More...

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

Friday, 29 July, 2011

Slaughterhouse-Five banned by US school

Kurt Vonnegut's celebrated second world war satire censored along with teen novel Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah OcklerKurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five and young adult novel Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler have both been banned from a school curriculum and library... More...

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Friday, 29 July, 2011

Exiled author Ma Jian banned from visiting China

Writer warns of increasingly repressive political regime after he is stopped from entering Chinese mainland from Hong KongOne of China's most acclaimed authors, who is now a British citizen, has warned that its "increasingly harsh" political climate has echoes of... More...

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Friday, 29 July, 2011

FT owner Pearson reports revenue rise of 6%

FT Group profits rise on strong growth in the digital marketPearson has reported a 7% year-on-year revenue increase at the FT Group, the division that publishes the Financial Times, as overall sales at the Penguin publisher rose 6% to £2.4bn... More...

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Friday, 29 July, 2011

Books of The Times: Reconstructive Surgery for a Shattered Family

In “Northwest Corner,” John Burnham Schwartz picks up the story of his novel “Reservation Road” 12 years later.... More...

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Thursday, 28 July, 2011

Essay: The Great Fleet Street Novel

Evelyn Waugh’s 1938 novel “Scoop” features journalists and the police in cahoots, and a press lord with a cult of personality. Sound familiar?... More...

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Thursday, 28 July, 2011

Willard Price's Adventure series to be relaunched

Fresh stories about animal collectors Hal and Roger Hunt will be written by Anthony McGowanThe adventures of Willard Price's intrepid animal collectors Hal and Roger Hunt are set to be continued by the award-winning author Anthony McGowan.... More...

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

Thursday, 28 July, 2011

Radio 4 in partial U-turn over cut in short stories

Move follows protest from listeners including Stephen Fry and Joanna LumleyBBC Radio 4 prompted an outcry from listeners including Stephen Fry and Joanna Lumley after it announced it was going to axe the number of short stories it broadcasts from... More...

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

Thursday, 28 July, 2011

A Publisher Plays Coy With Book Release

Bookstore buyers are in the dark as Little, Brown & Company coyly offers the fall release “Untitled” by Anonymous, marketed as “the inside story of life with one of the most controversial figures of our time.”... More...

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Wednesday, 27 July, 2011

Books of The Times: The Catching of Two Joseph Hellers

Two books about Joseph Heller, by his daughter, Erica Heller (“Yossarian Slept Here”) and Tracy Daugherty (“Just One Catch”).... More...

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Wednesday, 27 July, 2011

Noticed: What Would Che Say?

Michael Dweck’s new book of photographs includes the creative types who may shape the new Cuba.... More...

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Wednesday, 27 July, 2011

ArtsBeat: Readers Share Their Spatial-Humanities Projects

Readers have been writing in to share their investigations in the spatial humanities.... More...

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Wednesday, 27 July, 2011

Children’s Books: Pirate Picture Books Ahoy!

Four new picture books about pirate brutes and the pleasures of not bathing, brushing your teeth or speaking proper English.... More...

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Wednesday, 27 July, 2011

The 6th Floor: Bring It, Readers: Sentence of the Week Needs You

Our critic-at-large, Sam Anderson, is on vacation this week. To fill the gap he left behind, we need your sentences. When Sam returns from Japan, he will select a sentence of the week from your contributions. Please write in with... More...

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Wednesday, 27 July, 2011

New Doctor Who novel will travel into Time Lord's past

Award-winning SF novelist Alastair Reynolds to write Harvest of Time, set in Jon Pertwee eraAward-winning science fiction writer Alastair Reynolds is to delve into the past of Doctor Who in a new novel that sees the Time Lord in his... More...

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

Wednesday, 27 July, 2011

Bulwer-Lytton prize for bad writing goes to brutally mangled metaphor

American academic takes honour inspired by famously awful Victorian novelAmerican academic Sue Fondrie's disturbing description of thoughts like mutilated sparrows has been declared the worst sentence of the year.... More...

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

Wednesday, 27 July, 2011

Poetry Society funding withheld

Arts Council England delays payment of quarterly grant until troubled body has addressed concerns over its runningProblems at the Poetry Society, which last Friday saw a vote of no confidence carried against its board of trustees, have led the Arts... More...

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

Wednesday, 27 July, 2011

The Beano joins forces with the National Trust

Special edition of the comic part of an effort to tempt more children into Britain's best buildings and landscapesDennis the Menace launches a catapult attack from the ramparts of a majestic castle while Minnie the Minx creates mischief on an... More...

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Wednesday, 27 July, 2011

Fry joins push to save Radio 4 short stories

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Wednesday, 27 July, 2011

Booker Prize pits tiny Highlands publisher against literary giants

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Wednesday, 27 July, 2011

American academic wins bad prose award

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Wednesday, 27 July, 2011

Food Stuff: ‘The Camping Cookbook’

Annie Bell, an English food writer, shows how to cook and serve with no real counter space and limited sources of clean water.... More...

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Tuesday, 26 July, 2011

George Lascelles, Lord Harewood, Who Wrote Opera Reference, Is Dead at 88

A first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II, Mr. Lascelles was best known to American readers as the longtime editor of Kobbé’s Complete Opera Book.... More...

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Tuesday, 26 July, 2011

Paperback Publishers Quicken Their Pace

E-books are helping to alter the time-honored schedule for life after hardcover, with softcover versions of novels and nonfiction works being released earlier and earlier.... More...

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Tuesday, 26 July, 2011

Books of The Times: Wooing With Words in the Age of the Incredible Shrinking Message

The branding consultant Christopher Johnson explains how to think big and write small when we compose all those little bits that are now a part of our online lives.... More...

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Tuesday, 26 July, 2011

This week's arts diary

The French are frankly unshockable at the Avignon festival, plus Lynn Barber shorn and Rabbie Burns's local theatre savedLingua franca in AvignonThe Diary returns fresh from a weekend at the Avignon festival, France's answer to our own Edinburgh arts extravaganza. As... More...

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Tuesday, 26 July, 2011

Poetry Society public funding withheld

Arts Council says strife-ridden society will not receive grant until it puts its house in order following internal divisionsArts Council England has confirmed that it is withholding public money from the imploding Poetry Society until concerns are addressed "around governance,... More...

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

Tuesday, 26 July, 2011

Possessed: The Coveter’s Dilemma

For Rachel Shteir, author of “The Steal: A Cultural History of Shoplifting,” the object of her desire was a 1950s-style wallet from Pier 1 Imports.... More...

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Tuesday, 26 July, 2011

Man Booker prize 2011 longlist includes quartet of debut novels

Stephen Kelman's Pigeon English leads charge by first-time authors as previous winners fail to make 13-strong longlistA debut novel chronicling gang warfare in Peckham has joined efforts by a former Man Booker winner, Alan Hollinghurst, and Julian Barnes - the... More...

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Tuesday, 26 July, 2011

ArtsBeat: Man Booker Prize List Ranges Far and Wide

The longlist of 13 will be shortened to 6 in September, with the winner to be announced on Oct. 18.... More...

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Tuesday, 26 July, 2011

ArtsBeat: Thinking Cap: Legal Empathy

Is there a place for empathy in the judicial system? How much should jurists identify with litigants in a case when determining the extent of damage done in a case?... More...

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Tuesday, 26 July, 2011

ArtsBeat: 'New' Mike Hammer Novels by Mickey Spillane to Be Published

The previously unpublished novels, "Lady, Go Die!," "Complex 90" and "King of the Weeds," will be completed by the mystery writer Max Allan Collins and released between 2012 and 2014.... More...

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Tuesday, 26 July, 2011

Telegraph Media Group ordered to pay damages over Lynn Barber book review

Daily Telegraph publisher ordered to pay £65,000 to author Dr Sarah Thornton after losing libel and malicious falsehood caseTelegraph Media Group, the publisher of the Daily Telegraph, has been ordered to pay £65,000 in damages after losing a high court... More...

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

Tuesday, 26 July, 2011

Man Booker prize 2011 longlist announced

Thirteen titles in contention for UK's most prestigious literary prizeThe longlist for the 2011 Man Booker prize has been announced, with Alan Hollinghurst almost certain to become the bookies' favourite to win the overall prize this autumn.... More...

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

Tuesday, 26 July, 2011

Humanities 2.0: Digital Maps Are Giving Scholars the Historical Lay of the Land

Many-layered mapmaking is helping scholars recreate vanished landscapes and envision history.... More...

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Tuesday, 26 July, 2011

Terrible prose wins literary prize

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Tuesday, 26 July, 2011

Phone hacking: Davies and Watson sign book deals

The phone hacking scandal is far from over - but book deals have, naturally enough, been signed already.The Guardian's Nick Davies has agreed to write about the saga - provisionally titled Hack Attack - for Chatto & Windus in Britain... More...

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Tuesday, 26 July, 2011

The old man and the Ernest Hemingway lookalike

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Tuesday, 26 July, 2011

The old man and the lookalike

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Tuesday, 26 July, 2011

Poetry Society's state funding slashed after row

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Tuesday, 26 July, 2011

Early Media Prophet Is Now Getting His Due

Events in Europe, Washington and three Canadian cities last week honored the centennial of Marshall McLuhan, who introduced ideas like “the medium is the message” and “the global village” into everyday use.... More...

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Monday, 25 July, 2011

Books of The Times: When Granny Met Gershwin, and Other Gossip

The novelist Katharine Weber brings many famous and glamorous names to her memoir, including that of her grandmother’s lover, George Gershwin.... More...

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Monday, 25 July, 2011

Books: Their Zeal Changed Lives, if Not the System

Dr. David A. Ansell writes about his years working at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, where treating patients was often a medical and political struggle.... More...

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Monday, 25 July, 2011

A Mystical Tale, From Tee to Green

After years of development, Michael Murphy’s “Golf in the Kingdom” has been turned into a film by the director Susan Streitfeld and the producer Mindy Affrime.... More...

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Monday, 25 July, 2011

Madrid begins search for bones of Don Quixote author Miguel de Cervantes

Historians and archaeologists hunt for writer's remains in city centre convent with approval from Madrid's archbishopricHistorians and archaeologists plan to reveal the true face of the author of Don Quixote of La Mancha, Miguel de Cervantes, as they embark on... More...

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

Monday, 25 July, 2011

Macmillan ordered to pay $17m for corruption in South Sudan

Macmillan Publishers has been ordered to pay $17m and banned from World Bank tenders for at least three years for paying officials to win an education deal in South SudanMacmillan Publishers has been banned from participating in World Bank tenders... More...

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

Monday, 25 July, 2011

Superhero comic takes on al-Qa'ida

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Monday, 25 July, 2011

Books of The Times: No Vaccine for Agony From Viral E-Mail

In “This Beautiful Life” Helen Schulman traces an e-mail caper at a New York private school that goes out of control.... More...

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Sunday, 24 July, 2011

Puerto Rico in History, Imagined and Real

Esmeralda Santiago’s latest work is a sweeping historical novel set on a plantation in her native Puerto Rico.... More...

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Sunday, 24 July, 2011

Alexander Solzhenitsyn's 'last stories' will appear in English at last

Collection of innovative short stories reveals that the Russian writer was still experimenting in his final yearsA collection of nine short stories by Alexander Solzhenitsyn, described by scholars as ranking alongside his best work, is to be published in English... More...

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

Sunday, 24 July, 2011

Bookshelf: Giving Voice to Immigrants, Past and Present

A collection of oral histories that recounts the hopes and dreams of immigrants, the best urban sanctuaries in the city and the legacy of Brooklyn’s Gowanus neighborhood.... More...

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Saturday, 23 July, 2011

Woman who helped launch Larkin dies

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Saturday, 23 July, 2011

Stories of the Unkindness of Strangers

Caitlin Horrocks’s sharp, rugged-hearted fictions share one consuming fixation: We live in a world studded with cruelty.... More...

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Friday, 22 July, 2011

Gordon S. Wood, Historian of the American Revolution

Eleven essays encompass the entire career of the historian Gordon S. Wood, whose work re-envisioned the American Revolution and, unusually, has appealed to readers all across the political spectrum.... More...

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Friday, 22 July, 2011

Tales From the Cubicle

A sense of workplace alienation permeates this first story collection, which explores the limits of social interaction.... More...

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Friday, 22 July, 2011

ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: 'Inside Scientology'

In this Sunday's Book Review, the author and critic Garry Wills praises Janet Reitman's "Inside Scientology."... More...

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Friday, 22 July, 2011

TBR: Inside the List

This week’s fiction list feature one out-of-nowhere literary sensation: S. J. Watson well-reviewed neuro-thriller, “Before I Go to Sleep.”... More...

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Friday, 22 July, 2011

Poetry Society annual meeting ends in no confidence vote

Board of trustees volunteer to resign before being sent on their way by no confidence amid accusations of bad faithPerhaps the last organisation in the country to expect name-calling, accusations of bad faith and scurrilous postings on YouTube likening opponents... More...

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

Friday, 22 July, 2011

A World War II Veteran Revisits His Saviors

This novel’s hero, a World War II crash survivor, sets out to find the people who risked their lives to help him.... More...

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Friday, 22 July, 2011

A Picaresque of the Gold Rush

Alchemy, gunplay and prospecting mix in this picaresque of the gold rush.... More...

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Friday, 22 July, 2011

Adam Ross’s Unsettling Stories

For the characters in Adam Ross’s clever story collection, good intentions often go awry.... More...

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Friday, 22 July, 2011

Scientologists, Catholics and More Money Than God

Two books examine the power that bountiful cash has bestowed on Scientology and the Roman Catholic Church.... More...

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Friday, 22 July, 2011

ArtsBeat: Graphic Books Best Sellers: More Vampires

It seems not a week goes by without some presence of vampires on the graphic books list.... More...

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Friday, 22 July, 2011

Sigmund Freud’s Cocaine Years

An absorbing account of how cocaine affected the careers of Sigmund Freud and the pathbreaking American surgeon William Halsted.... More...

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Friday, 22 July, 2011

Essay: Why Writers Belong Behind Bars

From a strictly literary point of view, prison was the best thing that ever happened to the Marquis de Sade. Other writers should be so lucky.... More...

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Friday, 22 July, 2011

Fiction Chronicle

Novels by Louis B. Jones, A. G. Mojtabai, David Abbott, Ann Joslin Williams and Sheila Kohler.... More...

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Friday, 22 July, 2011

Travels North of the Amazon

Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana, a tangled green knot of jungle, rock and savannah, are vividly described in this travelogue.... More...

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Friday, 22 July, 2011

Mervyn Peake's war paintings unveiled by National Archives

Museum at Kew to display series showing victims of atrocities as the artist imagined Hitler might have drawn themA series of war paintings is to go on display for the first time to mark the centenary of the artist, novelist... More...

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

Friday, 22 July, 2011

Bonnie Jo Campbell’s Rural Michigan Gothic

Bonnie Jo Campbell’s solitary, sharpshooting heroine fends for herself in rural Michigan.... More...

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Friday, 22 July, 2011

Paperback Row

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

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Friday, 22 July, 2011

Editors’ Choice

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

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Friday, 22 July, 2011

Reading Life: An Academic Author’s Unintentional Masterpiece

Michael Fried’s genius is to manage to tell you what he is not doing, what he has not done and what he is not going to do.... More...

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Friday, 22 July, 2011

Up Front: Introducing Geoff Dyer’s New Column

Beginning this week, Geoff Dyer will write a regular column for the Book Review, “Reading Life,” detailing the ups and down of his long relationship with the written word.... More...

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Friday, 22 July, 2011

Crime: Prying Eyes

Mystery novels by P. L. Gaus, Linda Castillo, Harry Dolan, Colin Cotterill and Lars Kepler.... More...

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Friday, 22 July, 2011

ArtsBeat: Help Us Compile an Alternative David Bowie Playlist

What are your favorite non-hit Bowie songs, or live performances, or alternate takes?... More...

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Friday, 22 July, 2011

Lee Child wins crime novel of the year award

Fourteenth Jack Reacher novel takes 2011 Theakston Old Peculier honourThe British creator of the All-American hero Jack Reacher has won the 2011 Theakstons Old Peculier crime novel of the year award with the 14th instalment in his bestselling series, 61... More...

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

Friday, 22 July, 2011

Michael Frayn's memoir of his father wins autobiography prize

A supporting role in the story of his parents' lives, My Father's Fortune, wins Michael Frayn the UK's only dedicated award for autobiographyCelebrated for his plays, novels and journalism, Michael Frayn's first work of memoir, My Father's Fortune, has been... More...

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

Friday, 22 July, 2011

Books of The Times: David Bowie, the Cool Chameleon From Mars

“David Bowie: Starman,” by Paul Trynka, views its rock-star subject as a shape-shifting and calculating cabaret singer.... More...

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Thursday, 21 July, 2011

Iran's supreme leader attacks 'harmful' books

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks out against books with 'political hidden motives', prompting criticism from former culture ministerIran's former culture minister, Ataollah Mohajerani, has criticised the country's supreme leader for restricting access to literature after Ayatollah Ali Khamenei publicly attacked "harmful... More...

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

Thursday, 21 July, 2011

Books of The Times: Murders to Unravel, Relatives to Endure

Colin Cotterill’s “Killed at the Whim of a Hat” starts off a new series set in Thailand and featuring the female crime reporter Jimm Juree.... More...

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Wednesday, 20 July, 2011

Newly Released Books

New books from Megan Abbott, Bonnie Jo Campbell, Deborah Kay Davies, Sheila Kohler, Alafair Burke and Nina Darnton.... More...

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Wednesday, 20 July, 2011

ArtsBeat: Bradley Cooper Going Down Under – Way Down Under – for 'Paradise Lost' Film

Mr. Cooper, a star of the "Hangover" comedies, will play Lucifer in an adaptation of Milton's epic of man's first disobedience, to be filmed in Australia.... More...

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Wednesday, 20 July, 2011

Children’s Books: To Share a Chair With Bear

“The Summer Visitors” and “The Next Door Bear” offer very different takes on the intersecting domestic lives of people and bears.... More...

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Wednesday, 20 July, 2011

Songs from Clockwork Orange musical to make UK debut

Previously unheard showtunes composed by author Anthony Burgess are said to recall West Side StorySongs from a musical adaptation of A Clockwork Orange are to be performed for the first time next year. Written by author Anthony Burgess, the ultraviolent... More...

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

Wednesday, 20 July, 2011

Books of The Times: The Lure of Cocaine, Once Hailed as Cure-All

In “An Anatomy of Addiction,” Howard Merkel views cocaine through the eyes of two fans, Freud and the surgeon William Halsted.... More...

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Tuesday, 19 July, 2011

The Dark Tower adaptation plans crumble

Ron Howard may have to sling his adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower series after Universal decided not to proceed with the film and TV projectThe future of the ambitious screen adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower series... More...

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

Tuesday, 19 July, 2011

John Speed's atlas could take auctioneer into uncharted territory

Hand-coloured collection of 16th and 17th-century cartographer's work could sell for £100,000 or morePrints of John Speed's beautiful maps are to be found in living rooms all over the world he carefully documented four centuries ago.... More...

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

Tuesday, 19 July, 2011

ArtsBeat: Thinking Cap: Shopping for Freedom

Consumerism has long been considered a cornerstone of democracy and civic obligation in American society. Minh-Ha T. Pham explores how the fashion industry took up this challenge in earnest after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.... More...

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Tuesday, 19 July, 2011

Outcry as Radio 4 stops broadcasting short stories

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Tuesday, 19 July, 2011

Books on Science: The Joy of a Sun Bath, a Snuggle, a Bite of Pâté

“The Exultant Ark” is a serious examination of the subject of animal pleasure, with surprising, funny, touching, sad, heartwarming pictures by photographers from all over the world.... More...

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Monday, 18 July, 2011

Harry Potter's eighth and final film vanquishes world box office records

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II rakes in £300m globally on first weekend, eclipsing previous UK and US highsShould JK Rowling awake this week to find a gaggle of middle-aged, particularly well-groomed fans encamped outside her Edinburgh home... More...

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

Monday, 18 July, 2011

Books of The Times: Superheroes, Surveyed and Sized Up

“Supergods,” by Grant Morrison, is an impressionistic overview of comic heroes and an attempt to rediscover the magical essence that inspired nearly 75 years’ worth of superhero storytelling.... More...

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Monday, 18 July, 2011

ArtsBeat: Langella to Drop Names in Memoir

Frank Langella, who has memorably played Richard Nixon in "Frost/Nixon" (and of course Count Dracula in "Dracula"), will write of his up-close-and-personal encounters with Elizabeth Taylor, Laurence Olivier, William Styron, Marilyn Monroe, Arthur Miller and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, among others,... More...

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Monday, 18 July, 2011

ArtsBeat: Plagiarism Suit Against J. K. Rowling Is Really, Truly Dead (For Now)

Representatives for the estate of Adrian Jacobs said that their plagiarism case against the "Harry Potter" author "was dead" after they failed to meet a Friday deadline to pay part of a security fund mandated by a British court.... More...

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Monday, 18 July, 2011

Harry Potter plagiarism claim struck out

Paul Allen, who claimed a Harry Potter plot was lifted from another book, failed to meet a court payment deadlineA claim that JK Rowling lifted the plot of one of her Harry Potter books from the work of another writer... More...

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Monday, 18 July, 2011

Books of The Times: A Captivity No Novelist Could Invent

Jaycee Dugard describes her 18-year ordeal as the victim of Phillip and Nancy Garrido, during which she had two daughters.... More...

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Sunday, 17 July, 2011

Opinion: Books and Other Fetish Objects

As the raw material of history is digitized, some of the mystery is lost.... More...

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Sunday, 17 July, 2011

E-Book Revolution Upends a Publishing Course

A six-week, $6,990 crash course in a fast-changing publishing industry at Columbia attracts more eager applicants than it can accommodate.... More...

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Sunday, 17 July, 2011

David Bowie is publishers' top target as rock memoirs prove huge success

Success of books by Keith Richards and others sparks publishing scramble for big five stars without book dealsCall them the Big Five. Game hunters have their wish-list of trophy animals, and rock music has its own – the elite group... More...

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Sunday, 17 July, 2011

Fight to save local libraries gets its day in court

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Sunday, 17 July, 2011

Off the Shelf: Compelling Tales, Rarely Told Well

I find the quality of too many business books, well, underwhelming. There. I said it.... More...

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Saturday, 16 July, 2011

Estuary: A short film tracing the history of the Thames estuary - video

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Saturday, 16 July, 2011

Why Is Contemporary Art Addicted to Violence?

Maggie Nelson’s meditation on violence in our culture aims its criticisms at the fine arts, literature, theater and even poetry.... More...

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Saturday, 16 July, 2011

Children's Books: Story of an Evangelical Girlhood

In Melissa Walker’s young adult novel, a girl coming of age in an evangelical community begins to test boundaries and question absolute faith.... More...

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Saturday, 16 July, 2011

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Saturday, 16 July, 2011

Up Front: Laura Kipnis

Laura Kipnis’s writing combines sharp analysis with blistering wit to challenge prevailing notions about love and sex, power and desire, hubris and retribution in American life.... More...

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Saturday, 16 July, 2011

Margaret Drabble’s Complete Stories

Margaret Drabble’s short-story collection reflects the last half of the 20th century.... More...

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Saturday, 16 July, 2011

Who Made This Mess of Planet Earth?

While detailing the great harm done by humans, Tim Flannery also writes hopefully about the earth’s future.... More...

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Saturday, 16 July, 2011

Children’s Books: A Girl’s Postcards From Italy

This picture book documents an American girl’s adventures in her father’s native Sardinia.... More...

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Saturday, 16 July, 2011

Essay: The Me My Child Mustn’t Know

Can a memoirist write with total honesty if she is worried about what her son might think?... More...

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Saturday, 16 July, 2011

Paperback Row

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

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Saturday, 16 July, 2011

Poetry Chronicle

Poetry by Michael Dickman, Ross Gay, C. Dale Young and Chris Martin.... More...

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Saturday, 16 July, 2011

Children’s Books: Bookshelf: America

Children’s and young adult books about baseball, Ben Franklin, Lewis and Clark and more.... More...

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Saturday, 16 July, 2011

Children’s Books: How to Be a Bicultural Schoolgirl

A novel of girls at an elite Swiss boarding school in the 1970s, and another of two Mexican-American fifth-graders struggling with assimilation.... More...

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Saturday, 16 July, 2011

An Alzheimer’s Mystery Novel

This haunting first novel’s deeply unreliable narrator is a former surgeon with Alzheimer’s and the prime suspect in her best friend’s murder.... More...

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Saturday, 16 July, 2011

A Melancholy Werewolf’s Existential Howl

A novel narrated by a werewolf, morally as well as physically ambiguous, who is tortured by the spirits of his victims and ready to surrender to his pursuers.... More...

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Saturday, 16 July, 2011

Tale of a Puerto Rican Plantation Mistress

Esmeralda Santiago’s heroine, a feminist before her time, runs a sugar plantation in 19th-century Puerto Rico.... More...

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Saturday, 16 July, 2011

Inventing the Interstate

Earl Swift’s account of the creation of the U.S. expressway system is textured and nuanced, easy on the asphalt, long on personalities.... More...

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Saturday, 16 July, 2011

How the Robber Barons Railroaded America

The historian Richard White sees the 19th-century American railways as a Gilded Age extravagance that worked social, political and environmental havoc.... More...

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Saturday, 16 July, 2011

Is There a Perjury Epidemic?

James B. Stewart warns of the risks of a perjury epidemic that has “infected nearly every aspect of society.”... More...

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Saturday, 16 July, 2011

TBR: Inside the List

Wherein we ready ourselves for the onslaught of George R. R. Martin’s fantasy blockbuster “A Dance With Dragons.”... More...

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Friday, 15 July, 2011

ArtsBeat: Graphic Books Best Sellers: Ghost Stories

There's major turnover on the manga list this week with eight new additions.... More...

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Friday, 15 July, 2011

Miranda July Is Totally Not Kidding

She is the most honest, uninhibited filmmaker of our time. Or: She’s twee, precious and maddening. Discuss. Nicely.... More...

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Friday, 15 July, 2011

Jennifer Love Hewitt to star in Jewtopia film

Ghost Whisperer actor to play Jewish love interest of gentile man in screen adaptation of hit Broadway comedyThe popular American stage play Jewtopia will be turned into a feature film starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, it has been announced.... More...

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Friday, 15 July, 2011

Henry Carlisle, a Supporter of Oppressed Writers, Dies at 84

Mr. Carlisle wrote novels of his own, edited Camus and helped translate and publish Solzhenitsyn.... More...

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Friday, 15 July, 2011

Movie Review | 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2': Class Dismissed

Childhood ends with tears and howls and swirls of smoke, the shock of mortality and bittersweet smiles in the grave, deeply satisfying final movie in the “Harry Potter” series.... More...

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Friday, 15 July, 2011

The Hot List | Books: A Great Guide (Apologies to Its Author)

Dwight Garner revisits “Hooked,” the ninth collection of Pauline Kael’s film reviews from The New Yorker.... More...

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Friday, 15 July, 2011

The Hot List | Books: A Prescient Novel Retains Its Power

Michiko Kakutani says Don DeLillo’s 1997 novel, “Underworld,” is well worth rereading.... More...

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Friday, 15 July, 2011

ArtsBeat: A Single Pleasure Ere Summer Fades

The New York Times arts critics share the single item at the top of their summer bucket list. What one thing - read that book, see that movie, watch that show - must you do this summer?... More...

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Friday, 15 July, 2011

Jane Austen draft novel fetches £1m

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Friday, 15 July, 2011

British Library bids for oldest bound book

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Friday, 15 July, 2011

Book Challenges Obama on Mother’s Deathbed Fight

The book suggests that the president mischaracterized a central anecdote about Ann Dunham’s deathbed dispute with her insurance company.... More...

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Thursday, 14 July, 2011

ArtsBeat: A Book Critic at the Ballet

Asked by the Times to attend one of the first United States performances of Alexei Ratmansky's "Anna Karenina," by Russia's Mariinsky Ballet ­ I agreed, with nagging reservations.... More...

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Thursday, 14 July, 2011

Books of The Times: In a Fantasyland of Liars, Trust No One, and Keep Your Dragon Close

The latest installment in George R. R. Martin’s “Song of Ice and Fire” cycle is like a sprawling 19th-century novel turned out in fantasy motley, more Balzac and Dickens than Tolkien.... More...

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Thursday, 14 July, 2011

Jane Austen manuscript auctioned for almost £1m

Fragments of unfinished novel The Watsons reflect author's witThe only remaining privately owned fragment of a Jane Austen novel, in the author's own handwriting, has sold at auction in London for nearly £1m, three times its estimate. The heavily corrected... More...

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Thursday, 14 July, 2011

ArtsBeat: Jane Austen Manuscript Sold for $1.6 Million

"The Watsons" was never finished or published.... More...

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Thursday, 14 July, 2011

British Library seeks £9m to buy oldest book in Europe

Library launches appeal to purchase 7th-century Cuthbert Gospel, which it has had on loan since 1979A £9m appeal has been launched by the British Library to buy the oldest intact book in Europe, a palm-sized leather-bound copy of the gospels... More...

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Thursday, 14 July, 2011

Jane Austen manuscript fetches £993,250

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Thursday, 14 July, 2011

Ralph Fiennes says Harry Potter's evil Lord Voldemort just 'lonely'

Actor who plays Harry Potter's noseless nemesis offers generous new perspective on the Dark LordThere can be few more unsympathetic figures in the world of celluloid than mean old Lord Voldemort from the Harry Potter films. But as the series... More...

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Thursday, 14 July, 2011

Forward shortlist includes Geoffrey Hill, Sean O'Brien and David Harsent

John Burnside, Michael Longley and D Nurkse also in the running on all-male shortlist for £10,000 poetry prizeGeoffrey Hill, the poet who won the title of professor of poetry at Oxford University after scandal forced his predecessor out of the... More...

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Thursday, 14 July, 2011

Currents | Books: A History of Design Gets an Update

The second edition of “A History of Design from the Victorian Era to the Present” is being published this week, more than four decades after the first edition.... More...

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Thursday, 14 July, 2011

A Fantasy Book Revives Store Sales

“A Dance With Dragons,” the new installment of George R. R. Martin’s “Song of Ice and Fire” series, has been a big seller so far in its print edition, a boost for brick-and-mortar stores.... More...

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Wednesday, 13 July, 2011

Books of The Times: Supposition as Research: A Sort-of-True Story About NASA and a Thief

The latest book from Ben Mezrich, the baloney artist who wrote the Facebook story “The Accidental Billionaires,” concerns the theft of priceless Moon rock samples.... More...

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Wednesday, 13 July, 2011

ArtsBeat: The Fictions of Asylum Seekers — in Fiction

The case of Dominique Strauss-Kahn and the hotel housekeeper has thrown a spotlight on the fictions of asylum seekers. To readers of contemporary fiction, this may sound familiar: In "How to Read the Air," a novel by Dinaw Mengestu published... More...

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Wednesday, 13 July, 2011

ArtsBeat: Harry Potter Sang Bass, Hermione Sang Tenor

In addition the the books by J. K. Rowling and the multi-billion-dollar movie franchise, wizard rock, or "wrock," gives Harry Potter fans another outlet for their boy-wizard obsession.... More...

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Wednesday, 13 July, 2011

First: Let’s Ban Books, Or at Least Stop Writing Them

Why do so many reporters at The Times want to write books? Why, in fact, would anyone want to?... More...

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Wednesday, 13 July, 2011

The ultimate Harry Potter memorabilia: JK Rowling's childhood home is for sale

The house in Tutshill contains features that may have inspired the Harry Potter books, such as a cupboard under the stairsHarry Potter fans have read the books, seen the films and could now – if they have the funds and... More...

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Wednesday, 13 July, 2011

Young Adult: The Tiger Mom’s Other Child

A graphic novel about video games, growing up Asian-American and the challenges of meeting parental expectations.... More...

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Wednesday, 13 July, 2011

Theodore Roszak, ’60s Expert, Dies at 77

Mr. Roszak popularized the term “counterculture” in referring to a generation that rebelled against war and sought new ways of thinking.... More...

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Wednesday, 13 July, 2011

Books of The Times: Get Your Bling and Adidas Tracksuit, Wayne, a British Class War Is Raging

Writing with wit and outrage, Owen Jones offers a portrait and a defense of the British working class.... More...

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Wednesday, 13 July, 2011

Millennium Trilogy publisher agrees e-book deal with Apple's iBookstore

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Wednesday, 13 July, 2011

ArtsBeat: Thinking Cap: The Weight Panic

Along with the familiar criticisms of the culture's obsession with thinness, Ms. Kwan and Ms. Trautner would like to see Congress pass a law that bans discrimination against fat people.... More...

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Tuesday, 12 July, 2011

Strong showing for Irish writers on Frank O'Connor shortlist

Colm Tóibín and Edna O'Brien both among finalists for €35,000 short story awardIrish literary heavyweights Edna O'Brien and Colm Tóibín have both made the shortlist for the Frank O'Connor prize, the world's richest award for a short story collection.... More...

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

Tuesday, 12 July, 2011

NoViolet Bulawayo wins 'African Booker'

£10,000 Caine prize goes to story by Zimbabwean writerZimbabwean author NoViolet Bulawayo has won major African literary award the Caine prize for her short story about a starving gang of children from a shanty town.... More...

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Tuesday, 12 July, 2011

JK Rowling 'writing hard' on new work

Harry Potter author says the end of the film series is 'a new beginning'Start all the clocks and plug the telephone back in: JK Rowling has provided a shred of comfort to the millions of mourners lamenting the release of... More...

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Tuesday, 12 July, 2011

Bloomsbury buys rival

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Tuesday, 12 July, 2011

Motherlode: Motherlode Book Club: 'Origins'

The latest selection in the Motherlode Book Club: “Origins,” by Annie Murphy Paul... More...

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Monday, 11 July, 2011

Books of The Times: A Rock-Star Life Imagined, but Never Actually Achieved

In Dana Spiotta’s new novel, a Los Angeles musician’s family feels the fallout from his devotion to what might have been.... More...

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Monday, 11 July, 2011

Writer Remains Literary Voice of Knockemstiff

Donald Ray Pollock has followed his 2008 short-story collection, “Knockemstiff,” with a novel, also set in the Ohio town of that redolent name.... More...

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Monday, 11 July, 2011

ArtsBeat: Reader in Crisis: A Plea for Help

Big books and a big problem.... More...

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Monday, 11 July, 2011

Theodore Sturgeon's archive to live long and prosper in university archive

Daughter bequeaths papers by revered SF author and Star Trek screenwriterThe University of Kansas will be hoping Theodore Sturgeon's famous maxim that "90 per cent of everything is crap" does not apply to his own work after the papers of... More...

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

Monday, 11 July, 2011

Tolstoy thought Chekhov 'worse than Shakespeare'

New biography includes account of the author expressing frank contempt for Chekhov's playsTolstoy's condemnation of Chekhov's plays as "worse than Shakespeare" has been thrown back into the spotlight by a new book that draws on memories of the author from... More...

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Monday, 11 July, 2011

'Poetry bomber' targets charity shops

Artist Agustina Woodgate has been sewing quotes into secondhand clothes to bring 'poetry to everyday life'Residents of Miami have been getting a little something extra with their charity shop purchases after artist Agustina Woodgate began surreptitiously sewing tiny pieces of... More...

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Monday, 11 July, 2011

The Game seduces Hollywood studio

MGM has picked up the rights to Neil Strauss's infamous exposé of a group of 'seduction artists', with writers of The Girlfriend Experience set to directMGM has picked up the rights to film Neil Strauss's best-selling book, The Game: Penetrating... More...

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Monday, 11 July, 2011

Books of The Times: Sons of Rosemary’s Baby: Birth of the New Horror

“Shock Value” tells the story of how the seminal shockers of the late 1960s and early ’70s came to be and how a handful of films and filmmakers brought the scary horror movies back to life.... More...

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Monday, 11 July, 2011

For sale: futurologist JG Ballard's old home. In need of modernisation

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Monday, 11 July, 2011

Off the Shelf: Investment Tips for the Accident-Prone

Two new personal finance books are intended to keep investors from tripping over their own feet.... More...

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Saturday, 9 July, 2011

Editors’ Choice

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Saturday, 9 July, 2011

The Salvadoran Exile Novelist

Through one family’s ordeal, the Salvadoran novelist Horacio Castellanos Moya depicts a country in the grip of a despot.... More...

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Saturday, 9 July, 2011

A Thriller of Iraq and the Financial Crisis

Michael Robotham’s thriller borrows from real events, like the financial crisis and the disappearance of billions of dollars in Iraq.... More...

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Saturday, 9 July, 2011

Why the Crimean War Matters

Orlando Figes explains how the Crimean War, a major turning point in European and Middle Eastern history, resonates today.... More...

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Saturday, 9 July, 2011

René Blum: Life of a Dance Master

A look at René Blum, who made a place in history running the Ballets Russes.... More...

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Saturday, 9 July, 2011

Lee Krasner and Joan Mitchell: Abstract Expressionist Lives

Two biographies examine the spiritedness and formidable success of the Abstract Expressionist painters Lee Krasner and Joan Mitchell.... More...

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Saturday, 9 July, 2011

Paperback Row

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

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Saturday, 9 July, 2011

Essay: The Writer as Detective

All writers are mystery writers, mucking around in a world studded with clues, in pursuit of bad guys.... More...

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Saturday, 9 July, 2011

Clarence Darrow, Equal Opportunity Defender

A pair of biographies about the trial lawyer Clarence Darrow draw on newly unearthed documents.... More...

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Saturday, 9 July, 2011

When French Was the Language of Enlightenment

A magisterial study of the role of the French language in its 18th-century heyday, when it was it was still the international idiom of choice.... More...

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Saturday, 9 July, 2011

The Imaginary Rock Star

In Dana Spiotta’s novel, a woman struggles with the loss of her brother, an unrecognized rock star.... More...

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Saturday, 9 July, 2011

2,000 Years of Popes, Sacred and Profane

John Julius Norwich’s popular history of the papacy finds that the truly great popes were outnumbered by the corrupt, the inept, the venal, the lecherous and the mediocre.... More...

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Saturday, 9 July, 2011

Remembering Stieg Larsson

Eva Gabrielsson recalls her 32-year partnership with the best-selling author of the Millennium trilogy.... More...

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Saturday, 9 July, 2011

Tracing the Color Line on the Playing Field

A provocative and lively collection of lectures and essays about the intersection of race and sports, from a professor of American culture.... More...

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Saturday, 9 July, 2011

Rock Stars of Books: Musicians’ Big Sales

Rock ’n’ roll memoirs are selling well for publishers and bring large advances for their authors.... More...

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Friday, 8 July, 2011

ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: A History of the Papacy

Popes, Stieg Larsson's companion and more.... More...

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Friday, 8 July, 2011

TBR: Inside the List

Should serial best-seller writers be banned from the list after one appearance, to make way for new blood? The authors of the latest grisly crime thriller out of Sweden might say yes.... More...

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Friday, 8 July, 2011

Exclusive: Ian Livingstone to write new fantasy story

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Friday, 8 July, 2011

Lost tributes to Byron found at bring-and-buy sale

Book of personal eulogies from the likes of Washington Irving and Martin Van Buren surfaces at church bazaarA long lost book of tributes to Byron from the poet's family vault has been discovered at a bring-and-buy sale in Savannah, Georgia.... More...

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

Friday, 8 July, 2011

All-female shortlist for Edwin Morgan prize

Gillian Andrews, Sarah Jackson, Jane McKie, Jane Yeh and Lydia MacPherson compete for £5,000 awardFrom the difficulties of loving Medusa to a poetic take on a John Singer Sargent painting and a tender look at death, five poems have been... More...

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Friday, 8 July, 2011

Hollywood movie deal for British author

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Friday, 8 July, 2011

Library campaigners win victory against closures

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Friday, 8 July, 2011

Books of The Times: A Murder Trial to Cover, Axes to Grind

The writer Peter Manso recounts a Cape Cod murder case that wound up involving him.... More...

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Thursday, 7 July, 2011

The 6th Floor: As if You Don't Have Enough to Read, Fiction Edition

After digesting your additions to, and critiques of, our nonfiction list, we decided to reconvene our panel of nonexperts (ourselves) and come right back at you with a list of the best fiction of all time.... More...

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Thursday, 7 July, 2011

Biographer finds spider who inspired Charlotte's Web

Author of a new book on EB White uncovers real-life inspiration for beloved children's fantasyThe loving, bloodthirsty Charlotte A Cavatica of EB White's classic children's novel Charlotte's Web was inspired by a real spider, according to a new biography of... More...

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Thursday, 7 July, 2011

Codex Calixtinus manuscript stolen from Santiago de Compostela

Priceless 12-century manuscript, which contains Europe's first travel guide, went missing from a safe in Spanish cathedralA priceless 12th-century illustrated manuscript containing what has been described as Europe's first travel guide has been stolen from the cathedral at Santiago de... More...

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Thursday, 7 July, 2011

Harry Potter fans camp out for final film

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 premieres tonight and fans hope for a glimpse of JK Rowling or Daniel RadcliffeThere may have been pigeons and gulls rather than dragons and owls wheeling across the moody skies over... More...

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Thursday, 7 July, 2011

Exhibition Review: Venerating Sacred Relics of Shakespeare

A show at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington traces the veneration of First Folios as much as objects as literature.... More...

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Thursday, 7 July, 2011

Mills & Boon blamed for sexual health problems

Psychologist says that 'a huge number of the issues that we see in our clinics and therapy rooms are influenced by romantic fiction'Mills & Boon's romance novels should come with a health warning, according to a report published in an... More...

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Thursday, 7 July, 2011

Historic library may close as subsidy slashed

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Thursday, 7 July, 2011

Books of The Times: Literature Can Turn Most Lethal

In Will Lavender’s second novel, “Dominance,” a Vermont college becomes the setting for a copycat murder.... More...

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Wednesday, 6 July, 2011

Misery lit: unhappy Julian Assange changes mind on memoirs

WikiLeaks founder thought to have told publishers book could give ammunition to US prosecutorsThe million-pound book deal signed by Julian Assange to write his memoirs has collapsed, the Guardian has learned, after the WikiLeaks founder became unhappy with the process.... More...

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Wednesday, 6 July, 2011

Samuel Johnson prize won by 'hugely important' study of Mao

Mao's Great Famine by Frank Dikötter takes award for 'stunningly original' history of tyrannical regimeFrank Dikötter's "stunningly original and hugely important" account of how Mao's Great Leap Forward led to the deaths of 45 million people has won him the... More...

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Wednesday, 6 July, 2011

For Children Who Want Pets and Parents Who Don’t

Four new picture books about the sometimes difficult realities of caring for a pet.... More...

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Wednesday, 6 July, 2011

ArtsBeat: Indian Fiction Rising

Amitav Ghosh's latest historical novel, "River of Smoke" the second in a proposed trilogy about the 19th century opium trade in Asia, was reason enough for Delhi's intellectuals to celebrate the increasing popularity and success of Indian fiction.... More...

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Wednesday, 6 July, 2011

The Fans Own the Magic

Others may control the copyrights, the royalties and the theme park receipts, but they can’t keep Harry Potter’s wizardry out of millions of hearts.... More...

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Wednesday, 6 July, 2011

JD Salinger letters refer to unpublished 'manuscripts'

Newly released letters by the Catcher in the Rye author indicate he continued to write after 1965New indications that JD Salinger did indeed leave behind a collection of unpublished manuscripts are given in a freshly unearthed correspondence from the author.... More...

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

Wednesday, 6 July, 2011

Poetry Society lobbied by wheelbarrow

Members seeking explanation for spate of resignations deliver demands in poetic vehicleDisgruntled poets channelled William Carlos Williams yesterday when they delivered a red wheelbarrow carrying members' signatures to the Poetry Society, demanding its board of trustees explain what lies behind... More...

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Wednesday, 6 July, 2011

In Cuba, the Voice of a Blog Generation

Yoani Sánchez, a 35-year-old writer in Havana, has increasingly drawn attention as a chronicler of daily life under Castro.... More...

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Wednesday, 6 July, 2011

Books of The Times: That Perfect Florida Tomato, Cultivated for Bland Uniformity

In “Tomatoland,” Barry Estabrook delivers a withering criticism of the tactics of the tomato industry in South Florida, where the soil is as devoid of plant nutrients as a pile of moon rocks.... More...

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Tuesday, 5 July, 2011

ArtsBeat: Blood Relations: Mystery Writers Collaborate for Charity

Mystery writers collaborate on a book, each writing one chapter, for charity.... More...

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Tuesday, 5 July, 2011

New crime novel co-written by 26 authors

Luminaries including Jeffery Deaver, Kathy Reichs and Faye Kellerman have contributed to No Rest for the DeadIt's the literary world's version of consequences: from Alexander McCall Smith to Kathy Reichs, 26 bestselling crime writers have teamed up to create the... More...

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

Tuesday, 5 July, 2011

Poet creates 'buzz' around work by reading over phone to potential buyers

Heather Christie launches new book by offering one-to-one readings over the phoneIt's one way to connect with your fans: poet Heather Christle is launching her new collection by offering readers the opportunity to give her a call and hear her... More...

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Tuesday, 5 July, 2011

ArtsBeat: Statement of Style or Protest?

In her new book, Kathy Peiss of the University of Pennsylvania examines the zoot suit of the 1940s, seeing it in aesthetic rather than political terms.... More...

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Tuesday, 5 July, 2011

Books of The Times: He’s a Vessel Overflowing With Rage (And He’s the Orphan Son of Precious)

“The Kid” by Sapphire traces the life of the son of Precious, the heroine of Sapphire’s novel “Push.”... More...

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Monday, 4 July, 2011

Where's Sarko? French omnipresident gets comic book treatment

Nicolas Sarkozy's reputation for micro-management and ubiquity depicted in book based on Where's Wally? seriesThey seek him here; they seek him there. Now, French comic book fans can find Nicolas Sarkozy in all sorts of familiar places.... More...

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

Monday, 4 July, 2011

George RR Martin threatens to decapitate spoiler

Fantasy author says he will 'mount the head on a spike' of Amazon employee who shipped copies of A Dance with Dragons earlyIt's not quite as gruesome as the drowning in molten gold he metes out to an unlucky character... More...

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

Monday, 4 July, 2011

Dan Brown stays top of Oxfam's 'least wanted' chart

Da Vinci Code author heads charity shop's list of most-donated books for a third yearStephenie Meyer's blend of vegetarian vampires and teenage lusts might have made her a bestseller around the world but UK readers at least aren't too keen... More...

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Monday, 4 July, 2011

Steven Spielberg 'frustrated' by wooden War Horse

Film-maker says real horses used in forthcoming adaptation of Michael Morpurgo novel not as expressive as stage puppetsHe was won three Oscars and been responsible for some of the highest-grossing films of all time, but Steven Spielberg may not be... More...

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

Monday, 4 July, 2011

Daniel Radcliffe 'reliant' on alcohol for final Harry Potter films

Actor reveals his drinking became an issue during filming of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in 2009Daniel Radcliffe has revealed he became too "reliant" on alcohol while filming the last few outings in the Harry Potter franchise. "There were... More...

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

Monday, 4 July, 2011

Alastair Campbell reveals details of Gordon Brown- Tony Blair rift

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Monday, 4 July, 2011

Campbell reveals details of Brown-Blair rift

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Monday, 4 July, 2011

Harry Potter author JK Rowling leaves her agent

Author who recently launched Pottermore website for electronic books had worked with Christopher Little since 1996JK Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter novels, has confirmed that she has "terminated" her long-running association with the literary agent who who helped... More...

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

Monday, 4 July, 2011

Harry Potter and the furious feud: Rowling banishes her literary agent

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Monday, 4 July, 2011

Books of The Times: Two Refreshing Splashes of Summertime Homicide

The Irish novelist Benjamin Black (a pseudonym for John Banville) and the British mystery writer Ruth Rendell have new books.... More...

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Sunday, 3 July, 2011

Fresh claim over role the FBI played in suicide of Ernest Hemingway

Friend reveals regret for dismissing writer's fear that he was being targeted by J Edgar HooverFor five decades, literary journalists, psychologists and biographers have tried to unravel why Ernest Hemingway took his own life, shooting himself at his Idaho home... More...

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

Sunday, 3 July, 2011

Off the Shelf: The Moral Behind All the Numbers

In a new book, the Czech economist Tomas Sedlacek shows that economic thinking predates the cut-and-dried science, with tales from Gilgamesh and Genesis.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Saturday, 2 July, 2011

Bookshelf: An Era When the City Roared

Books about New York in the ’20s, a Wall Street man in a fatal love triangle and the evolution of a town house overlooking the East River.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Saturday, 2 July, 2011

Critic’s Notebook: What’s Scrabble When You Can Play Novelist?

The paperback game — a variation on games with poetry or Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations — lets players create their own opening sentences to genre novels.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 1 July, 2011

Alastair Campbell diaries: Secret war between Tony Blair and Prince Charles

In his new volume of diaries, Campbell reveals the tensions between the two over GM food, hunting and foot and mouth199931 May Prince Charles's office sent through the article he was doing for the Mail tomorrow on GM food, which... More...

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

Friday, 1 July, 2011

ArtsBeat: Reviewer Spotlight: Annie Sprinkle on Sex, Art and Activism

Annie Sprinkle, who reviews Chester Brown's "Paying for It: A Comic-Strip Memoir About Being a John" in this weekend's Book Review, discusses her long and still-evolving career.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 1 July, 2011

Josh Ritter’s Novel of Appalachia

In the singer-songwriter Josh Ritter’s first novel, a West Virginia farm boy heeds voices he began hearing in the trenches of World War I.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 1 July, 2011

Up Front: Annie Sprinkle

“From the day I gave away my virginity at 17 I started documenting my sexual experiences,” Annie Sprinkle told us via e-mail. “I still am, 40 years later.”... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 1 July, 2011

A John’s Story

In this graphic memoir, Chester Brown gives up on romance and pursues sex with prostitutes.... More...

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Friday, 1 July, 2011

A Parable of the New India

Bharati Mukherjee’s eighth novel is a kind of parable of the new India.... More...

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Friday, 1 July, 2011

ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: A Pacifist in the Family

Featuring Louisa Thomas on her book, "Conscience"; and Katie Roiphe on Pamela Haag's "Marriage Confidential."... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 1 July, 2011

Aristotle and the Higher Good

A new translation of Aristotle’s “Ethics” addresses the perennial question of well-being.... More...

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Friday, 1 July, 2011

The Not Quite Unhappy Marriage

Pamela Haag examines the phenomenon of marriages that are not unhappy enough to break up, but not exactly happy, either.... More...

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Friday, 1 July, 2011

A Pacifist in the Family

Writing about her great-grandfather, the socialist Norman Thomas, Louisa Thomas considers how conscience fares when society deems it subversive.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 1 July, 2011

Essay: Tennis by the Book

On one side, we had John McPhee against Nabokov. On the other, Martin Amis against David Foster Wallace.... More...

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Friday, 1 July, 2011

Commanding Hitler’s Soldiers

A biography of Erich von Manstein, a general who made Hitler’s military dreams a reality.... More...

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Friday, 1 July, 2011

How the British Nearly Supported the Confederacy

This new history of Britain’s role in the American Civil War examines the battle the Union and the Confederacy waged for English support.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 1 July, 2011

ArtsBeat: Graphic Books Best Sellers: Lost in Space

"Legion Lost," a tale of the Legion of Super-Heroes, a group of champions from 1,000 years in the future, lands at No. 2 on the hardcover list this week.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 1 July, 2011

ArtsBeat: Stan Lee Starts Chinese Superhero Franchise

The creator of Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk and X-Men has struck a partnership that will see him create new superheroes for markets in China and elsewhere.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 1 July, 2011

TBR: Inside the List

Janet Evanovich’s “Smokin’ Seventeen” jumps past Tom Clancy’s “Against All Enemies” to give Evanovich her 12th straight No. 1 hardcover best seller in her Stephanie Plum series.... More...

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Friday, 1 July, 2011

Paperback Row

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

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Friday, 1 July, 2011

Editors’ Choice

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

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Friday, 1 July, 2011

Crime: Death Among Neighbors

Mystery novels by Ruth Rendell, Hakan Nesser, Helen Grant and Conor Fitzgerald.... More...

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Friday, 1 July, 2011

Fiction Chronicle

Novels by Banana Yoshimoto, Marcelo Figueras, Helon Habila and Johanna Skibsrud.... More...

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Friday, 1 July, 2011

Terror of Teenage Life

In a novel and poems, Laura Kasischke considers college ghostlore, mortality and grief through generations.... More...

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Friday, 1 July, 2011

Taking Stock of Race in Obama’s America

A journalist draws on interviews to trace the evolution of race relations in the post-civil-rights era.... More...

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Friday, 1 July, 2011

A Novel of Race and Road Rage

In this novel, a suburban dad accidentally contributes to a fatal accident, and tries to hide his actions.... More...

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Friday, 1 July, 2011

Down to the Sea Again, Impersonating Writers

The paperback game — a variation on games with poetry or Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations — lets players create their own openings to genre novels.... More...

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Friday, 1 July, 2011

Oxford cleared of serial comma killing

Twitter uproar over punctuation mark's disappearance proves unfoundedTo Oxford comma, or not to Oxford comma? That is the question which has been taxing the internet over the past 24 hours, after it emerged – erroneously, as it later turned out... More...

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

Friday, 1 July, 2011

Poetry Society calls general meeting in wake of resignations

Organisation has bowed to pressure to meet members following spate of high-level departuresThe Poetry Society has bowed to pressure from its members to explain the series of departures that has left the organisation in turmoil and put the award of... More...

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

Friday, 1 July, 2011

Historians clash in battle of the sales figures

Responding to bad review of his new book, Norman Stone pours scorn on critic's commercial cloutHistorian Norman Stone has been drawn into a battle of Amazon rankings after his latest outing was dismissed as "a farrago of errors, half-truths, fantasies,... More...

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

Friday, 1 July, 2011

PD James honoured for life of crime

Inspector Dalgliesh author becomes only second writer to receive Theakstons Old Peculier Outstanding Contribution to crime fiction awardThe "immense achievement" of the 90-year-old detective novelist PD James is to be recognised with an award honouring her "outstanding contribution to crime... More...

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

Friday, 1 July, 2011

Borders agrees to sell itself for $215m

Private equity firm Najafi, which owns the Book-of-the-Month Club, will also assume $220m in debt if 'stalking horse' bid gets court approvalBorders Group has agreed to sell itself to private investment firm Najafi for $215m (£135m) and is seeking court... More...

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

Friday, 1 July, 2011

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