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Classic Appreciation: Dickens by Peter Ackroyd

Classic Appreciation: Dickens by Peter Ackroyd | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
Bryan Appleyard: A Superb Biography Which Redefines the Form and Should Silence Us All - Dickens by Peter Ackroyd
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Classic Appreciation: Maggie O’Farrell on Elspeth Barker’s Modern Scottish Classic, O Caledonia

Classic Appreciation: Maggie O’Farrell on Elspeth Barker’s Modern Scottish Classic, O Caledonia | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
We begin with a corpse. Sixteen-year-old Janet is sprawled “in bloody, murderous death” beneath the stained-glass window of her Highland home, dressed in her mother’s “black lace evening dress.” Th…
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Essay: What Don Quixote Reveals About an Empire At Its Peak

Essay: What Don Quixote Reveals About an Empire At Its Peak | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
Sometime in the first years of the seventeenth century, a wiry and eccentric knight errant set out from a town in La Mancha. His name was Don Quixote and he was, of course, a fictional character an…
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Libraries to offer shelter to the vulnerable during UK’s cost of living crisis

Libraries to offer shelter to the vulnerable during UK’s cost of living crisis | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
Fines for late books will also be abolished by some libraries in England and Wales in a bid to ease financial pressures
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Podcast: Anthony Burgess' Ninety-Nine Novels: Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell

Podcast: Anthony Burgess' Ninety-Nine Novels: Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
In 1984 Anthony Burgess published Ninety-Nine Novels, a selection of his favourite novels in English since 1939. The list is typically idiosyncratic, and shows the breadth of Burgess’s interest in fiction. This podcast, by the International Anthony Burgess Foundation, explores the novels on Burgess’s list with the help of writers, critics and other special guests. […]
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A conversation between novelists Kamila Shamsie and Sunjeev Sahota

A conversation between novelists Kamila Shamsie and Sunjeev Sahota | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
Kamila Shamsie has written eight novels, including Home Fire which won the Women’s Prize for Fiction in 2017. Her new novel, Best of Friends, is out in September 2022, and charts the shifting friendship of two women across several decades from Karachi to London. Sunjeev Sahota is the author of the novels Ours are the Streets, The Year of the Runaways, and, last year, China Room, which follows two teenagers as they each come of age at different moments in twentieth-century Punjab. Both authors were chosen for Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists issue in 2013 – one decade on they discuss plants, architecture and writing into and out of the darkness.
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Podcast: This Is What It Sounds Like by Susan Rogers and Ogi Ogas

Podcast: This Is What It Sounds Like by Susan Rogers and Ogi Ogas | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
Susan Rogers on figuring out why you love your favorite songs. Her book via Bookshop.org is available here: https://bookshop.org/books/this-is-what-it-sounds-like-what-the-music-you-love-says-about-you/9780393541250
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Susan Rogers on figuring out why you love your favorite songs Podcast hosted by Stephanie Bastek
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Essay: Filling the Gaps - Notes in the margins of early modern books can be very revealing about their readers’ lives and interests

Essay: Filling the Gaps - Notes in the margins of early modern books can be very revealing about their readers’ lives and interests | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
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Essay: Charles W. Chesnutt’s The House Behind the Cedars’ Black Medievalism

Essay: Charles W. Chesnutt’s The House Behind the Cedars’ Black Medievalism | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
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Beyond Apocalypse: How the New Eco-Literature Points Toward Ways of Reshaping Our Consciousness

Beyond Apocalypse: How the New Eco-Literature Points Toward Ways of Reshaping Our Consciousness | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
A famous Zen story goes like this: one day Zen Master Keizan said to his student, Gazan, “Do you know that there are two moons?” Gazan replied, “No, I didn’t know that there are two moons.” Zen Mas…
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In Praise of the Bold, Powerful Women of Slavic Fairy Tales

In Praise of the Bold, Powerful Women of Slavic Fairy Tales | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
To be a woman in the jewel-like, happy-ending strewn fairy tales we have come to idolize is to be the opposite of bold. In most of these stories, the female characters are relegated to the role of …
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Awards: The Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction - the most prestigious non-fiction prize in the UK

Awards: The Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction - the most prestigious non-fiction prize in the UK | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
The Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction 2022 The UK'S PREMIER PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION BOOKS The Baillie Gifford Prize rewards excellence in non-fiction writing, bringing the best in intelligent reflection on the world to new readers.
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Essay: The Downside to Digging Up Cervantes

Essay: The Downside to Digging Up Cervantes | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
Cervantes was the most anti-Spanish Spanish writer. But, in troubled times, Spain reaches back to him, and to “Don Quixote,” for help in sorting itself out.
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Podcast: Anthony Burgess: Ninety-Nine Novels: The Heat of the Day by Elizabeth Bowen

Podcast: Anthony Burgess: Ninety-Nine Novels: The Heat of the Day by Elizabeth Bowen | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
In 1984, Anthony Burgess published Ninety-Nine Novels, a selection of his favourite novels in English since 1939. The list is typically idiosyncratic, and shows the breadth of Burgess’s interest in fiction. This podcast, by the International Anthony Burgess Foundation, explores the novels on Burgess’s list with the help of writers, critics and other special guests. […]
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Appraisal: Hilary Mantel Stared Down Her Past, and the World’s, With Steely Resolve

Appraisal: Hilary Mantel Stared Down Her Past, and the World’s, With Steely Resolve | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
Hilary Mantel brought great precision to her writing, and asked the same of us in our reading.
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Five of the Best Books on Illuminating Essays

Five of the Best Books on Illuminating Essays | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
The essay format allows the author to develop ideas but add a personal touch, says the popular philosopher Alain de Botton. Here, he chooses his favourite essay collections
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Enter an Archive of 7,000 Historical Children's Books, All Digitized & Free to Read Online

Enter an Archive of 7,000 Historical Children's Books, All Digitized & Free to Read Online | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
We can learn much about how a historical period viewed the abilities of its children by studying its children's literature. Open Culture, openculture.com
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'Forgotten archive' of medieval books and manuscripts discovered in Romanian church

'Forgotten archive' of medieval books and manuscripts discovered in Romanian church | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
A team of researchers in Romania has discovered over 200 books and manuscripts in a church in Mediaș. It includes dozens of early printed works and manuscript fragments dating back to as early as the 9th century.
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Essay: On Walter Benjamin’s Public Oeuvre

Essay: On Walter Benjamin’s Public Oeuvre | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
On the run from the Nazis in 1940, the philosopher, literary critic and essayist Walter Benjamin committed suicide in the Spanish border town of Portbou. In 2011, over 70 years later, his writings enter the public domain in many countries around the world. Anca Pusca, author of Walter Benjamin: The Aesthetics of Change, reflects on the relevance of Benjamin's oeuvre in a digital age, and the implications of his work becoming freely available online.
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The Best Fiction of 2022: The Booker Prize Shortlist

The Best Fiction of 2022: The Booker Prize Shortlist | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
The best fiction of 2022: the chair of this year's Booker Prize judges talks us through the six books that made the literary award shortlist
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The Best Books on Gothic Fiction

The Best Books on Gothic Fiction | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
The acclaimed novelist Sarah Perry chooses five books that exemplify the Gothic tradition, and explains how these novels have inspired her own writing.
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Essay: Where Blackness is a World of Possibility 

Essay: Where Blackness is a World of Possibility  | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
To be Black in America meant a house full of warnings. My parents, no fools, knew a threat could be anywhere, no matter the façade. We were warned of strangers, the list of friends’ houses where we…
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Mario Vargas Llosa on Looking Back, a Novel of Never-Ending War That Resists Easy Answers 

Mario Vargas Llosa on Looking Back, a Novel of Never-Ending War That Resists Easy Answers  | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
Translated by Charlotte Whittle The novel, Looking Back by Colombian author Juan Gabriel Vázquez, which has won a major literary prize in Mexico, will have many readers. It is one of the great nove…
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