Bluebeards and brainiacs: literary characters who enter the language Bluebeards and brainiacs: literary characters who enter the language

From Mrs Malaprop to Lothario to the Grinch, some characters are so memorable that they leap from fiction into the dictionary. Take an alphabetical tour of the origins of some of our most familiar and not-so-familiar literary eponyms

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Top 10 war poems Top 10 war poems

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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Not the Booker prize: vote for the shortlist Not the Booker prize: vote for the shortlist

True to its democratic spirit, a vast number of books have made the long longlist for the 2014 prize. It's your job to find the finalists

July 28, 2014, 14:53
The best books of 2014 The best books of 2014

The must-read novels, memoirs and history books released in 2014 so far

July 28, 2014, 9:30
Peter Mendelsund, Book Designer, Debuts as a Writer

Peter Mendelsund has designed hundreds of striking book covers, but his imagination seized up when it came time to design one for his own book.

July 28, 2014, 21:15
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage review Haruki Murakami's familiar tale of a man's odd past and his empty present Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage review  Haruki Murakami's familiar tale of a man's odd past and his empty present

The writer's latest novel, about a misfit's journey of self-discovery, suggests that his style has grown stale

July 28, 2014, 6:30
Hedd Wyn: poetry that echoes from the first world war Hedd Wyn: poetry that echoes from the first world war

He was born on a farm in Gwynedd and died with half a million others at Passchendaele. In between he wrote some of Wales's most moving poetry. A century on, his nephew has dedicated himself to keeping the memory of Hedd Wyn alive

today, 6:00
Books of The Times: ‘The Invisible Bridge,’ by Rick Perlstein

In “The Invisible Bridge,” his latest history of the American conservative movement, Rick Perlstein chronicles 1973 through 1976.

July 28, 2014, 21:39
Children’s Books: ‘The Great Greene Heist,’ by Varian Johnson

In Varian Johnson’s “The Great Greene Heist,” a middle schooler dreams up a plan to influence an election for student council president.

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