The Emperor Far Away, review: a trip along the edges of China's empire

Telegraph - Mon, 01/09/2014 - 09:33
David Eimer's book recalls travels among China's minority groups, from the restive Uighurs to the meth-smoking headhunters of Yunnan






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The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses and the Rise of the Tudors by Dan Jones, review: 'exhilarating and skilful'

Telegraph - Mon, 01/09/2014 - 09:00
Jessie Childs enjoys an epic introduction to the bloody Wars of the Roses






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Crusher by Niall Leonard - review

Guardian Books - Mon, 01/09/2014 - 09:00
'It's like the underdog book of the year' Continue reading...






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The Establishment: And How They Get Away With It review Owen Jones's biting critique of the elite

Guardian Books - Mon, 01/09/2014 - 09:00
A passionate account of injustice reveals the lies peddled by our leaders Continue reading...






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Fangirling: teen megafan interviews Leigh Bardugo and Sarah J Maas

Guardian Books - Mon, 01/09/2014 - 08:47
Find out how important music is in the lives of Grisha trilogy author Leigh Bardugo and Throne of Glass writer Sarah J Maas in this revealing interview by site member Laura137 Continue reading...






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#FutureChat recap: Applauding gaps in 'retail stonewalling'

FutureBook - Mon, 01/09/2014 - 06:17

What might have been an hour or so of complaint and commiseration became -- in the tweeting hands of The FutureBook community -- something more hopeful and more nuanced than some would have predicted.

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The 100 best novels: No 50 Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf (1925)

Guardian Books - Mon, 01/09/2014 - 05:45
Woolf's great novel makes a day of party preparations the canvas for themes of lost love, life choices and mental illness Continue reading...






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J by Howard Jacobson, review: 'jet-black and bleak'

Telegraph - Sun, 31/08/2014 - 18:50
Society lies broken in the most unsettling novel of Howard Jacobson's career, says Tim Martin






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Ways to Live Forever by Sally Nicholls - review

Guardian Books - Sun, 31/08/2014 - 18:00
'Although Ways to Live Forever is a sad story, I loved it and is probably one of my favourite books ever' Continue reading...






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Will Self attacks 'literary mediocrity' George Orwell

Telegraph - Sun, 31/08/2014 - 17:03
Prize-winning novelist called Orwell a 'literary mediocrity'






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The Sense of Style by Steven Pinker digested read

Guardian Books - Sun, 31/08/2014 - 15:59
John Crace edits the linguist's manual of style down to a fashionable 700 words Continue reading...






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The Fault in Our Stars by John Green - review

Guardian Books - Sun, 31/08/2014 - 15:00
'though Green is a great writer I, and some of my friends, do not feel he writes women very well, the emotions and feelings do not feel so feminine' Continue reading...






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Howard Jacobson Q&A  post your questions now

Guardian Books - Sun, 31/08/2014 - 14:26

Hes the droll Booker-winner whose new novel J has taken a turn for the dystopian. Howard Jacobson will be answering your questions on Tuesday September 2 at 2pm so what do you want to ask him?

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British Library gives teachers tools to inspire

Guardian Books - Sun, 31/08/2014 - 14:00
The Discovering Literature website is an important cultural resource that can be enjoyed by all ages Continue reading...






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Every Day by David Levithan - review

Guardian Books - Sun, 31/08/2014 - 12:00
'I really enjoyed this book because it shows how sometimes love between two people is always going to be impossible' Continue reading...






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Esther Freud: 'I realised the book I'd been writing for 18 months was awful'

Guardian Books - Sun, 31/08/2014 - 12:00
The author of Hideous Kinky on her childhood memories of watching her father, Lucian Freud, paint, and how abandoning one novel led to another, about the architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh Continue reading...






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Black Country review Liz Berry's impressive first collection

Guardian Books - Sun, 31/08/2014 - 10:00
Combining the grace of a bird in flight with sparing use of West Midlands dialect, Liz Berry's poems show warmth and maturity Continue reading...






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How to write the perfect crime story

Guardian Books - Sun, 31/08/2014 - 09:00
Niall Leonard shares some chilling writer's tips for wannabe crime writers. The devil is in the detail Continue reading...






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Into the Woods by Lyn Gardner review

Guardian Books - Sun, 31/08/2014 - 09:00
'If you enjoy a story full of adventure, creatures (including the odd scary ghost or skeleton) from other worlds and secrecy that leave you wanting more, then this is the book for you. Just beware of the wolves' Continue reading...






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Philip Larkin: Life, Art and Love review wide of the mark

Guardian Books - Sun, 31/08/2014 - 09:00
Except when dealing with the poetry itself, James Booth's biography of Philip Larkin reaches some muddled conclusions Continue reading...






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