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Fiction: 'Checkmate' by A.L. Olson

Fiction: 'Checkmate' by A.L. Olson | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
Jamie Bernthal reviews Checkmate, a novel by young, exciting queer author A.L. Olson. (Checkmate - Queer lit by A.L.
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Documentary: Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am – as elegant as its subject 

Documentary: Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am – as elegant as its subject  | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’s generous documentary is a fitting tribute to the late, great author...
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To Be a Gay Man by Will Young – out and proud | Autobiography and memoir

To Be a Gay Man by Will Young – out and proud | Autobiography and memoir | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
The Pop Idol winner writes with humour and passion about homophobia’s impact on his life...
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Poem of the week: The Bread of Childhood by Ihor Pavlyuk

Poem of the week: The Bread of Childhood by Ihor Pavlyuk | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
The past becomes almost magically present again in this potent Ukrainian elegy...
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John Lanchester: 'We should treat reading more like sex and drugs' | John Lanchester

John Lanchester: 'We should treat reading more like sex and drugs' | John Lanchester | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
The bestselling author on his new short stories, catching Covid-19 and why children ought to read Tintin...
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Eco Science Fiction: 'There is no planet B': the best books to help us navigate the next 50 years

Eco Science Fiction: 'There is no planet B': the best books to help us navigate the next 50 years | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
Understanding animals, capitalism, the science of cloudseeding ...scifi author Kim Stanley Robinson shares his top picks...
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Revealed: Soviet spies targeted George Orwell during Spanish civil war

Revealed: Soviet spies targeted George Orwell during Spanish civil war | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
Newly unearthed files reveal that the author and his wife were under Soviet surveillance while fighting in civil war...
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Children & Teens: Story of ‘bloodthirsty unicorns’ brings debut author record publishing deal

Children & Teens: Story of ‘bloodthirsty unicorns’ brings debut author record publishing deal | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
Annabel Steadman’s fantasy series Skandar and the Unicorn Thief has won a seven-figure book contract, with film rights also sold to Sony Pictures
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It Takes Blood and Guts by Skin with Lucy O'Brien review – memoir of a musical maverick | Music books

It Takes Blood and Guts by Skin with Lucy O'Brien review – memoir of a musical maverick | Music books | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
The pioneering Skunk Anansie frontwoman’s memories offer a very different take on the Britpop era...
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Pandora's Jar by Natalie Haynes review – ancient misogyny | History books

Pandora's Jar by Natalie Haynes review – ancient misogyny | History books | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
The writer and broadcaster rescues the reputation of the women demonised in classical literature in this erudite and funny study...
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Carlos Lozada’s intellectual history of the Trump era; New York Review contributors discuss the political moment

Carlos Lozada’s intellectual history of the Trump era; New York Review contributors discuss the political moment | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
The online edition of Bookforum Magazine.
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To the End of the World by Rupert Everett review – a delightful writer on modern fame

To the End of the World by Rupert Everett review – a delightful writer on modern fame | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
Chatting up Thierry Henry, being sick on Colin Firth ...and the saga of an obsession with Oscar Wilde, told in this third memoir with Everett’s usual seductive style...
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Asterix: a world of joyful innocence born in the aftermath of war

Asterix: a world of joyful innocence born in the aftermath of war | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
Goscinny and Uderzo’s cheery comic-book parodies reflected none of the real horror of Roman imperialism – and painted an irresistible portrait of postwar Europe...
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Crime Fiction: The best recent crime novels

Crime Fiction: The best recent crime novels | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
The Recovery of Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel; Keeper by Jessica Moor; The Man on the Street by Trevor Wood; Black Rain Falling by Jacob Ross; Summer of Reckoning by Marion Brunet; and The Clutter Corpse by Simon Brett...
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Fiction in Translation: Earthlings by Sayaka Murata – compellingly weird

Fiction in Translation: Earthlings by Sayaka Murata – compellingly weird | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
The bestselling Japanese author of Convenience Store Woman offers another offbeat tale of a heroine at odds with society’s expectations...
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Stephen Hawking by Leonard Mlodinow review – a memoir of friendship

Stephen Hawking by Leonard Mlodinow review – a memoir of friendship | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
Hawking’s collaborator retells his story with humour and fondness, and helps us know the famous scientist as he really was...
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Marilynne Robinson: 'America still has a democratic soul'

Marilynne Robinson: 'America still has a democratic soul' | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
The author of Gilead on the Black Lives Matter protests, the dangers of social media, and her latest novel, Jack...
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A Brief History of Seven Killings is shocking but not gratuitous | Marlon James

A Brief History of Seven Killings is shocking but not gratuitous | Marlon James | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
The Kingston, Jamaica, that Marlon James depicts in the mid-1970s may be fiction, but it is drawn from hard and bloody fact
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Between Irritation and Oyster: On Bob Blaisdell’s “Creating Anna Karenina”

Between Irritation and Oyster: On Bob Blaisdell’s “Creating Anna Karenina” | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
Janet Fitch is enlightened by Bob Blaisdell’s biographical study of Tolstoy, “Creating Anna Karenina.”...
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The idea of 'too much information' is bad for our health. It's time we ditched it

The idea of 'too much information' is bad for our health. It's time we ditched it | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
Cultural codes that encourage us to stay silent about our pain and suffering only lead to more of it...
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Fiction: Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell - a moving portrayal of grief

Fiction: Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell - a moving portrayal of grief | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
An imaginatively daring portrait of the loss of Shakespeare’s son is intensely felt, but at times rather preposterous...
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The Border Between Magic and Annihilation: On Laura van den Berg’s “I Hold a Wolf by the Ears”

The Border Between Magic and Annihilation: On Laura van den Berg’s “I Hold a Wolf by the Ears” | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
Anita Felicelli reviews “I Hold a Wolf by the Ears,” the new short story collection from Laura van den Berg.
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Give up Google, don't hit 'accept all': how to fight for your privacy

Give up Google, don't hit 'accept all': how to fight for your privacy | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
In Privacy Is Power, professor Carissa Véliz has made a shocking survey of how much intimate data we are surrendering.But she has a plan to fight back...
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The Animals in That Country by Laura Jean McKay review – an extraordinary debut

The Animals in That Country by Laura Jean McKay review – an extraordinary debut | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
A pandemic enables animals and humans to communicate, in a fierce and funny exploration of other consciousnesses and the limits of language...
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Neil Gaiman: 'Narnia made me want to write, to do that magic trick'

Neil Gaiman: 'Narnia made me want to write, to do that magic trick' | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
The American Gods and Good Omens author on his friendship with Gene Wolfe, crying over Diana Wynne Jones and falling under the spell of CS Lewis...
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Dear dairy: one graphic novelist’s fixation with the world of ice-cream vans 

Dear dairy: one graphic novelist’s fixation with the world of ice-cream vans  | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
Matthew Dooley’s elegiac debut Flake tells of rival ice-cream salesmen. It’s warm, affectionate and full of outrageous puns. Walt Whipman, anyone?
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Mexican Literature: Hurricane Season by Fernanda Melchor, translated by Sophie Hughes – intense and inventive

Mexican Literature: Hurricane Season by Fernanda Melchor, translated by Sophie Hughes – intense and inventive | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
A remarkable murder mystery set in horror and squalor...
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