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What does 'normal' mean in abnormal times?

From Donald Trump to Syrian bombs – in modern political times, ‘normal’ carries an extra moral nuanceBritain joined in the bombing of Syria last weekend, explained Theresa May, because chemical weapons must not be “normalised”. But in these abno

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Trick by Domenico Starnone review – a compelling tale of calamity

One of Italy’s most accomplished novelists spins a wonderful story about an elderly illustrator and his four-year-old grandsonDomenico Starnone is one of those novelists who from page one invite us to expect catastrophe. The main character is vulnerable

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Municipal Dreams by John Boughton review - the rise and fall of council housing

An important and timely book, in the wake of Grenfell Tower, which emphasises how public investment enriches livesIn June last year, three days after the fire at Grenfell Tower, John Boughton wrote a restrained yet furious post on his blog, Municipal Drea

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Harry-Meghan nuptials: 'We're all looking for the kiss,' says author Andrew Morton

In a Facebook Live chat as part of #BookmarkThis, author Andrew Morton says bride-to-be Meghan Markle will bring change to the royal family – gently.        

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Circe, Madeline Miller, review: Feminist re-write of The Odyssey turns tale of subjugation into one of empowerment

Following her bestselling, prize-winning re-imagining of The Illiad, Miller turns to Homer for inspiration once more

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Action Comics #1000: the 10 most important issues from 80 years of Superman

From Superman’s first flight to the issue where he lost his job (and that time he made Santa buff), a look back at eight decades of Action ComicsEighty years ago today, the first issue of Action Comics was released, with the now iconic cover showing Sup

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The Book List: Brian Eno's essential reading for the apocalypse

Every Wednesday, Alex Johnson delves into a unique collection of titles

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Amy Sackville on the top 10 novels about painters

From an obsessed forger in Perec’s Portrait of a Man to a disturbing project in Han Kang’s The Vegetarian, the author of Painter to the King shares her favourite literary works on artistsTo write about painting is to think about the act of seeing; the

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As William Kennedy shows, good writing is about what you can get away with

Heeding the lessons of his teacher Saul Bellow, Kennedy tried to avoid ‘clotty’ and ‘fatty’ writing – but some rules are made to be broken, as Ironweed demonstratesSaul Bellow was a big figure for William Kennedy. Prior to helping him find a pub

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A Higher Loyalty by James Comey review – Hillary’s emails, the election and a loathing for Trump

The FBI director sacked by Trump a year ago attempts to justify his pre-election decisions and paints a portrait of the president that could not be uglierIn the copious literature of the US capital, there is a sub-genre we might call “the saint in the s

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Calling all BAME writers: entries open for the 2018 short story prize

The Guardian and 4th Estate BAME short story prize, tapping into the talents of black, Asian and minority ethnic writers, is now open for entriesThe third Guardian and 4th Estate BAME short story prize opens for entries today, offering writers a chance to

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Broadway producers of To Kill a Mockingbird countersue Harper Lee's estate

New suit claims Aaron Sorkin adaptation may have to be scrapped over alleged differences between the play and novel, as producers offer to stage disputed work at federal courtIn a courtroom drama worthy of the novel itself, producers of the first Broadway

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Benedict Wells, plus Man Booker International prize and London book fair news – books podcast

On this week’s show, Claire and Sian return from wandering around the London book fair to chat about the big books snapped up at this year’s event. What will we be reading in 2019 and 2020? The shortlist for the 2018 Man Booker International prize for

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James Comey, A Higher Loyalty, book review: A memoir peppered with brutal asides about Trump, but his version of events rings true

The former FBI director has written a book that is both an earnest, exculpatory confession and a jeremiad against the president

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Wade in the Water review – lost voices of the American underground

A long overdue collection from US poet laureate Tracy K Smith weaves a spiritual hymn to the nation’s forgotten peopleTracy K Smith is the poet laureate of the United States and a winner of the Pulitzer prize. Wade in the Water is, inexplicably, the fir

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Our Place review – damning indictment of Britons’ ecological complacency

Mark Cocker delivers a blistering attack on the country’s collective failure to protect its landscape and wildlifeAt the outset of Our Place, Mark Cocker sets out his vision of the kind of book he’s trying to write. Springing out of his attempts to st

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Kendrick Lamar, queer novel 'Less' among Pulitzer Prize winners

Kendrick Lamar and the queer novel 'Less' are among the 2017 Pulitzer Prize winners.        

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Kendrick Lamar wins Pulitzer Prize for music for 'Damn.'

The rapper wins a prestigious prize to put alongside his Grammy for best rap album.        

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Jo Nesbø's modern update of 'Macbeth' is a bloody crime

The Norwegian author of the Harry Hole mysteries tries a modern crime update of Shakespeare's 'Macbeth.' A 2-star book review.        

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In 'West Winging It,' a fond look back at the Obama White House by a young insider

Pat Cunnane was a young staffer for President Obama. He looks back nostalgically in his new memoir, 'West Winging It.' A 3-star book review.        

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Poem of the week: Behind the Scenes: Empire by Arthur Symons

A shivering chorus line prepares behind the curtain in a London theatre in this poem by Symons, a symbolist poet and dance fanBehind the Scenes: EmpireThe little painted angels flit,See, down the narrow staircase, whereThe pink legs flicker over it! Conti

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Somali-British poet Momtaza Mehri named young people's laureate for London

The 24-year-old poet, with a background in biochemistry, wants young people in the capital ‘to see poetry as part of their every day’The 24-year-old Somali-British poet Momtaza Mehri, who has been chosen as the new young people’s laureate for London

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Was the Confederacy really defeated? Why America can’t stop fighting the Civil War

Historian Ed Ayers on why many white Americans cling to the Confederate flag and “a nation based on slavery”

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The One Who Wrote Destiny by Nikesh Shukla review – funny and fascinating

This tale about a British-Asian family tackles trauma and intergenerational relationships with wit and wisdomNikesh Shukla has recently risen to prominence as a diversity champion for literature, setting up various initiatives that offer opportunities for

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Ponti by Sharlene Teo – review

A much-lauded debut novel featuring a faded movie star is a lesson in the limitations of a creative writing coursePonti, Sharlene Teo’s first novel, won the inaugural Deborah Rogers writers’ award (in honour of the late, great agent) and comes ablaze

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The People vs Tech by Jamie Bartlett review – once more into the digital apocalypse

The latest treatise on technology taking over our lives suggests democratic systems are incompatible with the digital age, but the theory lacks coherenceThere is a clear, algorithmic formula for writing books about technology and society in 2018. Authors

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Seven Types of Atheism by John Gray review – fascinating study of disbelief

The British philosopher has produced a thought-provoking account of the tradition of atheism and the problems with itThere is an old story of two atheists in Northern Ireland who expressed relief that they had risen above the religious rivalry of their co

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The Road to Unfreedom by Timothy Snyder review – chilling and unignorable

This persuasive book looks at Putin’s favourite Russian political philosopher and the template he set for fake newsEven presidents who don’t believe in history need a historian to rely on. When asked, in 2014, by a delegation of students and history t

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The perfect crimes: why thrillers are leaving other books for dead

While literary novels are sidelined, crime fiction is fast developing as the most versatile narrative of our timesFor years, crime fiction titles have topped the bestseller lists and library lending tables. That sales of the genre have now overtaken gener

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Lionel Shriver: ‘Few writers are willing to put themselves on the line for free speech’

The US novelist talks about her new property-themed collection of stories and the danger of bandwagonsLionel Shriver is a US writer and journalist whose novels include So Much For That, The Post-Birthday World, The Mandibles: A Family, 2029-2047 and the b

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