Council worker sacked after graphic novel deemed 'too raunchy'

Telegraph - Thu, 28/08/2014 - 13:37
A council worker who penned an explicit novel detailing her passionate affair with a man 30 years her senior has been sacked after officials said they could not be associated with promoting the book






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Roald Dahl's children's rhymes really are revolting, but that is no bad thing

Guardian Books - Thu, 28/08/2014 - 13:24
Aldi's decision to withdraw his book from sale in Australia is unfair to children, who appreciate and need a taste of rude reality Continue reading...






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11-year-old recreates 1,079-page David Foster Wallace novel in Lego

Telegraph - Thu, 28/08/2014 - 13:01
David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest gets a Lego makeover






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Father raps plot of first Harry Potter book to his son

Telegraph - Thu, 28/08/2014 - 12:25
While some parents try funny voices to bring books to life, this father goes a step further as he invents a rap version of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone for his son






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If I Stay, review: 'bland'

Telegraph - Thu, 28/08/2014 - 12:19
Chloë Grace Moretz falls flat as the lead in the film adaptation of the young adult novel bestseller If I Stay
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If I Stay, film review

Telegraph - Thu, 28/08/2014 - 12:19
Chloë Grace Moretz falls flat as the lead in the film adaptation of the young adult novel bestseller If I Stay






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In the Beginning was the Sea by Tomás González, review: 'strikingly unsentimental'

Telegraph - Thu, 28/08/2014 - 12:00
A striking, if not exactly enjoyable, novel impresses Anthony Cummins
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In the Beginning was the Sea by Tomás González, review:

Telegraph - Thu, 28/08/2014 - 12:00
A striking novel impresses Anthony Cummins






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The Fault in Our Stars by John Green - review

Guardian Books - Thu, 28/08/2014 - 12:00
'Filled with humour, heart-break, joy and tragedy' Continue reading...






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The Strangest Family: The Private Lives of George III, Queen Charlotte and the Hanoverians review

Guardian Books - Thu, 28/08/2014 - 11:00
Janice Hadlow has written a fascinating, story-filled account of a claustrophobic and dysfunctional home life in the palace Continue reading...






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Shark by Will Self - extract

Guardian Books - Thu, 28/08/2014 - 09:00

A bite of Selfs latest novel, an ambitious mix of modernism, Laingian psychology, and traumatic memories of the sinking of the USS Indianapolis in 1945. And sharks

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Shark by Will Self review a dazzling followup to Umbrella

Guardian Books - Thu, 28/08/2014 - 09:00
Self delivers the second volume of his trilogy, and it's a remorselessly daring tale of unorthodox psychiatry and apex predators

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Will Self: I had planned to write Jaws without the shark Continue reading...






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War Girls by Adele Geras et al - review

Guardian Books - Thu, 28/08/2014 - 09:00
'In only 250 pages it really makes us see the First world war in a totally different light' Continue reading...






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Terror Kid by Benjamin Zephaniah - review

Guardian Books - Thu, 28/08/2014 - 09:00
'It really makes you see things in a whole new light, and is a story you'll be thinking about for weeks after you've finished the last page' Continue reading...






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Scottish children's book awards shortlist announced

Guardian Books - Thu, 28/08/2014 - 08:30
Newsflash! The youngest published author in Scotland up for award that is entirely decided by Scottish children Continue reading...






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How national service transformed a generation of British men

Telegraph - Thu, 28/08/2014 - 08:21
Richard Vinen, author of a new book on national service, explains how conscription changed the lives of thousands of British men, but in unexpected ways






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Sheridan Le Fanu, the father of modern horror, at 200

Telegraph - Thu, 28/08/2014 - 08:00
Matthew Sweet celebrates the father of modern horror
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Horror's 'invisible prince': Sheridan Le Fanu at 200

Telegraph - Thu, 28/08/2014 - 08:00
Matthew Sweet celebrates the father of modern horror






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Christopher Edge's top 10 twisted histories

Guardian Books - Thu, 28/08/2014 - 08:00
To welcome Peter Capaldi in as the new Doctor, the author of The Black Crow Conspiracy has pulled together this list of alternative histories in children's books perfect for those who like their history a bit more timey wimey Continue reading...






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The Tolerance Trap review what happened to the kick-ass gay rights movement?

Guardian Books - Thu, 28/08/2014 - 07:30
Is marriage really the summit of aspiration for the 'gay nation'? Angry radicalism should not have turned into a whisper of gratitude, argues this call to arms from Suzanna Danuta Walters Continue reading...






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