The Saturday Poem: Mammy Dozes

Guardian Books - Sat, 30/08/2014 - 11:00
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Top 10 horrible social rites of passage at school

Guardian Books - Sat, 30/08/2014 - 09:07
Does our time at secondary school really mark us for life? Holly Bourne sought to answer the question as she researched her book The Manifesto On How To Be Interesting. The answer is you'll probably survive but there will be hurdles and here are 10 of the very worst.

Check out the first two chapters of Holly Bourne's The Manifesto on How To Be Interesting Continue reading...






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First chapter! The Manifesto on How to be Interesting by Holly Bourne

Guardian Books - Sat, 30/08/2014 - 09:00
Bree is a loser, a wannabe author who hides behind words. But when she's told she needs to start living a life worth writing about, The Manifesto on How to Be Interesting is born. Six steps on how to be interesting. Six steps that will see her infiltrate the popular set, fall in love with someone forbidden and make the biggest mistake of her life.

Read the first chapter of this new book from the author of Soulmates.

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True Fire by Gary Meehan - review

Guardian Books - Sat, 30/08/2014 - 09:00
'I loved how corruption and deceit, so much part of the world we live in today, was given life in the book' Continue reading...






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David Mitchell: 'I've been calling The Bone Clocks my midlife crisis novel'

Guardian Books - Sat, 30/08/2014 - 08:30
Cloud Atlas author David Mitchell is back with another multi-stranded, time-hopping epic, and he is favourite to win the Booker prize Continue reading...






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In the Beginning Was the Sea by Tomás González review a tragedy foretold

Guardian Books - Sat, 30/08/2014 - 08:30
Juan Gabriel Vásquez acclaims the English translation of Colombia's best-kept secret Continue reading...






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House of Ashes by Monique Roffey review the story of an insurrection

Guardian Books - Sat, 30/08/2014 - 07:59
A coup d'etat takes place and a bookish man is guilt-tripped into making a lifealtering misjudgment Continue reading...






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A previously unpublished chapter of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Guardian Books - Sat, 30/08/2014 - 07:05
The Vanilla Fudge Room is from an early draft of Roald Dahl's most famous novel. With new illustrations by Quentin Blake Continue reading...






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Lauren Child's 14 favourite children's books

Telegraph - Sat, 30/08/2014 - 07:00
The creator of Charlie and Lola picks her top children's books






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The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters, review: 'eerie, virtuoso writing'

Telegraph - Sat, 30/08/2014 - 07:00
Sarah Waters's sensational novel The Paying Guests won't disappoint her legion fans, says Lucy Daniel






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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at 50

Guardian Books - Sat, 30/08/2014 - 07:00
A bestseller since its first publication, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has been adored by generations. Lucy Mangan on the dramatic story behind Roald Dahl's most magical novel. Specially illustrated by Quentin Blake
Read a previously unpublished chapter here Continue reading...






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Marvel at 75 and Grant Morrisons The Multiversity: the month in comics

Guardian Books - Sat, 30/08/2014 - 05:59

Graeme Virtue on the latest venture from the Scottish genius, involving a black Superman and the return of Captain Carrot!

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Lost chapter reveals Willy Wonka's room of fudge

Telegraph - Fri, 29/08/2014 - 23:50
Lost Roald Dahl Charlie and the Chocolate Factory chapter reveals new characters and rooms which were too wild to make the final cut






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Lost chapter of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory published

Guardian Books - Fri, 29/08/2014 - 22:25
Chapter with more characters and Quentin Blake illustration deemed 'too wild' for British children appears for first time Continue reading...






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Iliad to be stitched as tale of colourful characters

Guardian Books - Fri, 29/08/2014 - 19:46
PhD stduent Silvie Kilgallon sets herself epic task of transposing Greek poet's writings to cloth via individual fabric letters Continue reading...






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Heartbreak Café: No Experience Required by Janet Quin Harkin - review

Guardian Books - Fri, 29/08/2014 - 18:00
'I loved No Experience Required. It was absolutely realistically brilliant!' Continue reading...






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My hero: Robert Burns by Alex Salmond

Guardian Books - Fri, 29/08/2014 - 17:45
Scotland's first minister pays tribute to the national bard Continue reading...






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The Food History Reader review a rich celebration of our love of food through the ages

Guardian Books - Fri, 29/08/2014 - 17:30
From Aztec etiquette to Victorian cookery books, food historian Ken Albala presents a truly global collection of recipes and writing Continue reading...






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Natural Desire in Healthy Women by Gary Dexter review sex jokes and social satire

Guardian Books - Fri, 29/08/2014 - 17:30
This engaging, gag-packed short novel gives Marie Stopes a new name and some new comical tics, then follows her fearless mission to bring birth control to the masses Continue reading...






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Books review roundup: J, The Paying Guests and The Zone of Interest

Guardian Books - Fri, 29/08/2014 - 17:00
What the critics thought of J by Howard Jacobson, The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters and The Zone of Interest by Martin Amis Continue reading...






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