The best history and war books of 2014

Telegraph - Thu, 31/07/2014 - 15:00
The must-read history books released in 2014 so far. Updated weekly
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Libraries in fiction quiz test your shelf knowledge

Guardian Books - Thu, 31/07/2014 - 15:00
This week is the 50th anniversary of the Public Libraries Act, establishing a statutory obligation to provide this service, as beloved in fiction as it is in real life. In its honour, check out our quiz! Continue reading...






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Just William by Richmal Crompton - review

Guardian Books - Thu, 31/07/2014 - 15:00
'Just William was great. I really enjoyed it because it was very clever language and very funny' Continue reading...






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Siberia: a History of the People by Janet M Hartley, review: 'not the most colourful account'

Telegraph - Thu, 31/07/2014 - 13:00
Tom Payne enjoys rubbing shoulders with fur trappers and shamans






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Lost Dr Seuss stories to be republished

Guardian Books - Thu, 31/07/2014 - 12:58
Early appearances by the Grinch and Horton the Elephant recovered from old magazines due out in September Continue reading...






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A book for the beach: August Folly by Angela Thirkell

Guardian Books - Thu, 31/07/2014 - 12:45
Village cricket and amateur dramatics are the closest this 1930s novel of the upper middle class at play comes to tension, but it is a sunny treat Continue reading...






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Asylum by Madeleine Roux - review

Guardian Books - Thu, 31/07/2014 - 12:00
'I really enjoyed this book because it kept me gripped from beginning to end. There were lots of plot twists which kept me hooked, it was amazing!!!' Continue reading...






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Which woman should get a statue in Manchester?

Telegraph - Thu, 31/07/2014 - 11:16
Poll: locals asked to chose which woman will get a statue in the city in 2019






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August's Reading group: The Alexander trilogy by Mary Renault

Guardian Books - Thu, 31/07/2014 - 10:28
Landmarks of historical fiction, psychologically intense and also very entertaining, Renault seems perfect for this month's choice Continue reading...






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We reveal the author of the new Doctor Who adventure!

Guardian Books - Thu, 31/07/2014 - 10:00
Newsflash: A 12th Doctor needs a 12th adventure by a 12th author and Holly Black has got the job! Continue reading...






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He Wants review Alison Moore's story of danger and desire

Guardian Books - Thu, 31/07/2014 - 09:00
A widower feels the pedestrian confines of his life begin to break down in this brave and rigorous novel Continue reading...






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Why you should ignore the superlatives on book jackets

Guardian Books - Thu, 31/07/2014 - 08:00
Cover blurbs aren't reviews, they're advertisements that offer no space for balanced, nuanced positivity

Do you agree? And have you seen any over-the-top examples? Share them in the comment thread below Continue reading...






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Gill Lewis's top 10 birds in books

Guardian Books - Thu, 31/07/2014 - 08:00
The author of Sky Hawk and Scarlet Ibis reveals her top 10 feathery friends in stories and non-fiction plus, take a sneak peek inside the gorgeous treehouse where she writes! Continue reading...






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Age of Ambition review an intimate portrait of China

Guardian Books - Thu, 31/07/2014 - 07:30
How do you write about China? Evan Osnos shows us the lives of its citizens including dissidents Ai Weiwei and Liu Xiaobo Continue reading...






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Katy Brand: 9 things you need to know about being a female comedian

Telegraph - Thu, 31/07/2014 - 07:00
As the Edinburgh Fringe kicks off, Katy Brand thinks it's a crying shame that there still so few women working in in live comedy. Here she shares her best pieces of advice






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Teen writer Anna Caltabiano: how I self-published my first book

Guardian Books - Wed, 30/07/2014 - 16:00
After self-publishing her first novel at the age of 14, Anna Caltabiano now has over 120,000 followers on Twitter and her second book The Seventh Miss Hatfield is out tomorrow. Now 17-years-old, Anna explains how and why she did it Continue reading...






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The Silent History review a daring digital tale of a generation born mute

Guardian Books - Wed, 30/07/2014 - 15:59
This interactive sci-fi novel, featuring stories 'activated' in set locations, is a complex exploration of otherness and power Continue reading...






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Harry Potter covers: then and now

Telegraph - Wed, 30/07/2014 - 15:54
In pictures: Bloomsbury have revealed the new Harry Potter book covers, by artist Jonny Duddle






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