Doris Lessing's last gift: 3,000 books donated to public library in Zimbabwe

Guardian Books - Tue, 26/08/2014 - 20:42
Books from collection owned by celebrated author, who died last year, to go to country where she lived for quarter of century Continue reading...






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Jim Frederick obituary

Guardian Books - Tue, 26/08/2014 - 17:50
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The best history podcasts

Telegraph - Tue, 26/08/2014 - 17:06
The best history podcasts, from oral histories to trivia about royal history, selected and updated by Pete Naughton






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Tips, links and suggestions: what are you reading this week?

Guardian Books - Tue, 26/08/2014 - 17:00

Your space to discuss the books you are reading and what you think of them

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Frankenstein exhibition: how the monster changed shape

Telegraph - Tue, 26/08/2014 - 16:47
British Library to display first image of Frankenstein






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Lena Dunham memoir reveals a childhood 'afraid of everything'

Guardian Books - Tue, 26/08/2014 - 15:40
Not That Kind of Girl, due out in September, recounts years of therapy and 'fear of life in general' Continue reading...






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The Girl Who Walked On Air by Emma Carroll - review

Guardian Books - Tue, 26/08/2014 - 15:00
'The author paints a very clear picture of all the characters and weaves a very complex story with lots of twists' Continue reading...






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Top 10 best identity quotes for teenagers

Guardian Books - Tue, 26/08/2014 - 14:39
From Dr Seuss to Stephen Chbosky to George RR Martin, our Amnesty teen takeover team choose the best quotes about identity from the books they love Continue reading...






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Malorie Blackman deserves our support

Telegraph - Tue, 26/08/2014 - 14:15
Children's Laureate Malore Blackman has come off Twitter because of vile abuse






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Malorie Blackman faces racist abuse after call to diversify children's books

Guardian Books - Tue, 26/08/2014 - 12:30
Children's laureate vows she will not be silenced by 'hatred, threats and vitriol' after appealing for more representative range of fictional characters

Malorie Blackman: 'Children's books still have a long way to go' Continue reading...






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Women in Dark Times by Jacqueline Rose, review: 'rigorously argued'

Telegraph - Tue, 26/08/2014 - 12:00
Jacqueline Rose's breathtaking new book calls for an explosive kind of feminism, says Frances Wilson






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Heart-Shaped Bruise by Tanya Byrne - review

Guardian Books - Tue, 26/08/2014 - 12:00
'This grippingly raw story will keep you on your toes' Continue reading...






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Who am I: can children's books make you question your identity?

Guardian Books - Tue, 26/08/2014 - 11:49
Studies have shown that reading for pleasure can have a bigger impact on a child than their economic background or education. But which books are the best for helping us decide the people we want to be? Continue reading...






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Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness in pictures

Guardian Books - Tue, 26/08/2014 - 11:15

Conrads novella of colonial atrocity has inspired powerful images from entrants to a competition to illustrate the book. The winning pictures will be published in a new edition from the Folio Society later this year. Take a look at a gallery of their work

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Mary Renault Reading group live webchat: Tom Holland

Guardian Books - Tue, 26/08/2014 - 09:59
The historian, novelist and expert on the classical age will be here to discuss Mary Renault's Alexander trilogy from 1pm on Friday 29 August. Post your questions now

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Guardian children's fiction prize book club: She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick

Guardian Books - Tue, 26/08/2014 - 09:15
Find out all about Marcus Sedgwick's She is Not Invisible the eighth and last book under the spotlight in the Guardian children's fiction prize series

Discover more about all the longlisted books
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Marcus Sedgwick: My next book is a response to 2001: A Space Odyssey

Guardian Books - Tue, 26/08/2014 - 09:10
Marcus Sedgwick is a man of many stories: an alternate, flooded Britain, vampire folklore, the Russian Revolution what can we expect from him next? As our teen reporter Patrick Sproull finds out, it's an homage to film director Stanley Kubrick Continue reading...
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Scarlet Ibis by Gill Lewis - review

Guardian Books - Tue, 26/08/2014 - 09:00
'This story is very emotional and leaves you hanging on an edge' Continue reading...






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