National Service review a cultural history of postwar British call-up

Guardian Books - Sun, 24/08/2014 - 10:00
Richard Vinen shows how conscription emphasised the mirage of a nation's importance on the world stage Continue reading...






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Haruki Murakami: 'My lifetime dream is to be sitting at the bottom of a well'

Guardian Books - Sun, 24/08/2014 - 09:03

The Japanese author talked writing, heroes, domestic life, dreams and how his life informs his novels at a Guardian book club at the Edinburgh international book festival and he answered some of your questions

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The Selected Letters of Elia Kazan, review: 'a fine, packed volume'

Telegraph - Sun, 24/08/2014 - 09:00
Visionary director, artistic radical, political betrayer - Elia Kazan was all these things and more, argues Philip Horne






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Take Back The Skies by Lucy Saxon - review

Guardian Books - Sun, 24/08/2014 - 09:00
'It made me laugh, hold my breath in suspense, and cry - it refreshed a belief in teen fiction that I had been losing!' Continue reading...






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Last Man Off review Matt Lewis's tale of survival on the high seas

Guardian Books - Sun, 24/08/2014 - 09:00
This chilling account of a fishing trip that goes fatally wrong should take its place alongside The Perfect Storm Continue reading...






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Online identity: how safe are you on the internet?

Guardian Books - Sun, 24/08/2014 - 08:30
Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: are you sharing too much of your life online? For our Amnesty Teen Takeover, author Bali Rai shares what he learned about our internet habits while writing his book Web of Darkness. Life can be scarier than fiction... Continue reading...






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Rachel Cusk: 'Aftermath was creative death. I was heading into total silence'

Guardian Books - Sun, 24/08/2014 - 08:30
The controversial writer talks about the hostile reaction to her 2012 account of the breakdown of her marriage and how she finally rediscovered her voice Continue reading...






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Rob Biddulph's summer holiday children's puzzles

Guardian Books - Sun, 24/08/2014 - 05:00

To celebrate the publication of his first childrens book we asked Rob Biddulph, the Observer Magazines art director, to create an original set of puzzles based on his characters for your children to enjoy this bank holiday weekend

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  • Blown Away by Rob Biddulph is published on 28 August 2014 (HarperCollins)
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British readers lost in translations as foreign literature sales boom

Guardian Books - Sun, 24/08/2014 - 00:05
Popular Scandinavian authors including Jo Nesbø and Stieg Larsson drive growing domestic demand for translated books Continue reading...






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One Kick review Chelsea Cain's dark, dangerous journey into evil

Guardian Books - Sun, 24/08/2014 - 00:05
Chelsea Cain's compelling new heroine Kick is complex and clever with a chilling back story Continue reading...






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Ali Smith: 'He looked like the finest man who ever lived'

Guardian Books - Sun, 24/08/2014 - 00:01
For the writer Ali Smith, a holiday romance with a 500-year-old Italian was the inspiration for her Booker-nominated novel How To Be Both. His name was March and she met him one afternoon in Ferrara's beautiful Palazzo Schifanoia well named as the Palace of Not Being Bored Continue reading...






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Why do I find some of this book on storytelling so familiar?

Telegraph - Sat, 23/08/2014 - 17:30
A new book is not the first to examine why we tell stories, says Christopher Booker






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The Scatter Here Is Too Great by Bilal Tanweer review

Guardian Books - Sat, 23/08/2014 - 16:30
This powerful and timely debut paints a haunting portrait of urban Pakistan Continue reading...






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Fool's Assassin by Robin Hobb, review: 'high art'

Telegraph - Sat, 23/08/2014 - 16:00
Robin Hobb's powerful novels transcend her genre, says Jane Shilling






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The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon - review

Guardian Books - Sat, 23/08/2014 - 15:00
'The Bone Season is so vivid and feels real. You feel as though the world could really be like this in 50 years' Continue reading...






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Hidden City: Adventures and Explorations in Dublin by Karl Whitney, review: 'a necessary corrective'

Telegraph - Sat, 23/08/2014 - 13:00
Neil Hegarty applauds a writer's unorthodox wanderings around the Irish capital






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Doctor Who - Fear of the Dark by Trevor Baxendale - review

Guardian Books - Sat, 23/08/2014 - 12:00
'The building dread of the novel is wonderfully crafted so that each new point of horror comes at exactly the right moment to destabilise you more' Continue reading...






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The Saturday Poem: The Birthday

Guardian Books - Sat, 23/08/2014 - 11:00
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Towton: England's bloodiest battle

Telegraph - Sat, 23/08/2014 - 09:00
Dan Jones recounts the frenzied slaughter of the Battle of Towton that led to the crowning of Edward IV, our first Yorkist king






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