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Zadie Smith on the psychology of the two types of writers

Zadie Smith on the psychology of the two types of writers | Theatre and Books | Scoop.it

'It’s a feeling of happiness that knocks me clean out of adjectives. I think sometimes that the best reason for writing novels is to experience those four and a half hours after you write the final word'.


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The woman who went to the library and read every book on the shelf

The woman who went to the library and read every book on the shelf | Theatre and Books | Scoop.it
Phyllis Rose, who tackled the entire contents of one shelf in a New York library, tells Rachel Cooke what the 'extreme reading' experiment taught her
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The five worst book covers ever

The five worst book covers ever | Theatre and Books | Scoop.it
The artwork for Penguin’s new edition of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has left readers appalled. Here’s our selection of the five most preposterous and frankly poor covers ever printed – but what have we missed?
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Nathan O’Keefe hits the funny bone for State Theatre in The Importance of Being Earnest

Nathan O’Keefe hits the funny bone for State Theatre in The Importance of Being Earnest | Theatre and Books | Scoop.it
The importance of a good laugh can never be over-estimated and State Theatre’s latest earnest endeavour hits the funny bone smack on, line after devastatingly witty line.
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School reports on writers deliver very bad reviews

School reports on writers deliver very bad reviews | Theatre and Books | Scoop.it
Alison Flood: Charlotte Brontë wrote 'indifferently', according to her teachers, and many another writer's gifts have been roundly trashed by their teachers
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Readers' 10 best books of the year (so far)

Readers' 10 best books of the year (so far) | Theatre and Books | Scoop.it
Our readers have voted for their favourite books published in the first half of this year. Here is a selection of the most popular books. Who would top your list?
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From Gillian Anderson to Vivien Leigh: Streetcar's Blanche Dubois – in pictures

From Gillian Anderson to Vivien Leigh: Streetcar's Blanche Dubois – in pictures | Theatre and Books | Scoop.it
As Gillian Anderson prepares to play Tennessee Williams's troubled heroine at the Young Vic in London, take a look at the other stars who have depended on the kindness of strangers
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Montaigne and Shakespeare: two great writers of one mind

Montaigne and Shakespeare: two great writers of one mind | Theatre and Books | Scoop.it
Jonathan Bate traces the Bard’s debt to the French essayist Michel de Montaigne.
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Authors' incomes collapse to 'abject' levels

Authors' incomes collapse to 'abject' levels | Theatre and Books | Scoop.it
ALCS survey finds median annual earnings for professional writers have fallen to £11,000, 29% down since 2005
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Stop clap-shaming first-time theatregoers who like Martin Freeman from off the telly

Stop clap-shaming first-time theatregoers who like Martin Freeman from off the telly | Theatre and Books | Scoop.it
So-called “seasoned theatregoers” have complained about the audience clapping during Martin Freeman’s West End appearance as Richard III, in what is nothing more than a display of blatant snobbery.
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11 books every girl needs to read before she hits high school.

11 books every girl needs to read before she hits high school. | Theatre and Books | Scoop.it
Kate shares her most cherished books from her younger years, and tells you why this is a list of books for teenage girls before they become women.
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14 quotes from writers inspired by football

14 quotes from writers inspired by football | Theatre and Books | Scoop.it
Oscar Wilde, George Orwell and Nabokov all had views on the beautiful game. As England head for the exit from the World Cup, console yourself with the wisdom of literature's parlour pundits
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Skylight, Wyndham's, review: 'a knockout'

Skylight, Wyndham's, review: 'a knockout' | Theatre and Books | Scoop.it
Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan give powerful and emotionally bruising performances in this new production of David Hare's play, says Charles Spencer
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The Zone of Interest review – Martin Amis returns with Holocaust comedy

The Zone of Interest review – Martin Amis returns with Holocaust comedy | Theatre and Books | Scoop.it
Is Amis's Nazi middle-management farce more than a bravura black comedy, asks Alex Clark
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Why we love to hate Martin Amis

Why we love to hate Martin Amis | Theatre and Books | Scoop.it
Amis is our most controversial and outspoken novelist. As he returns to the Holocaust with a comedy set in Auschwitz, Sam Leith asks why we love to give Little Keith such a kicking
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New York in books: readers' picks

New York in books: readers' picks | Theatre and Books | Scoop.it
From the glamour of 1950s Manhattan to the decadence of Wall Street today, New York is a literary capital. Last week we offered you a guide to New York books – and you had a lot more to suggest. Here’s a selection of recommendations. Add your own below the line
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Top 10 war poems

Top 10 war poems | Theatre and Books | Scoop.it
This week marks a century since the outbreak of the first world war. Chosen from 1,000 years of English writing about war, poet and Oxford professor Jon Stallworthy selects some of the best attempts to think through this most extreme of human experiences
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Iconic Photos of Writers at Work

Iconic Photos of Writers at Work | Theatre and Books | Scoop.it

Writers at Work features hundreds of images of, well, writers at work. Here are some of our favorites.


Via bobbygw, Fred Stenson
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The Catcher in the Rye at 60: Ten things you should know

The Catcher in the Rye at 60: Ten things you should know | Theatre and Books | Scoop.it
To celebrate the 60th anniversary of JD Salinger's classic, we've tracked down some facts to remember if you don't want to sound like a phony
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Which Shakespeare characters speak these lines?

Which Shakespeare characters speak these lines? | Theatre and Books | Scoop.it
Do you know your Lear from your Leontes? Your Macbeth from your Mercutio? Match these lines to the right characters
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New Jane Austen waxwork uses forensic science to model 'the real Jane'

New Jane Austen waxwork uses forensic science to model 'the real Jane' | Theatre and Books | Scoop.it
Forensic artist Melissa Dring has taken three years to construct the figure, making use of contemporary eye-witness accounts
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Smoking in literature – quiz

Smoking in literature – quiz | Theatre and Books | Scoop.it
This day in 1999 saw a landmark ruling against the tobacco industry, with a Miami jury later awarding $145 bn damages to 500,000 Florida smokers. Can you light up the scoreboard with your knowledge of tobacco in literature?
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Landmarks of summer literature

Landmarks of summer literature | Theatre and Books | Scoop.it
John Dugdale rounds up a selection of summer reads to celebrate the arrival of the season
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Tom Rachman: Books Every Man Should Read

Tom Rachman: Books Every Man Should Read | Theatre and Books | Scoop.it
The New York Times bestselling author answers our questions

Via Sharon Bakar
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Mary Poppins's real-life model appears in unseen PL Travers story

Mary Poppins's real-life model appears in unseen PL Travers story | Theatre and Books | Scoop.it
Originally written as a private Christmas gift, the tale of 'stern and tender' Aunt Sass will be published this autumn
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