Books to give you hope: The Faraway Nearby by Rebecca Solnit

Solnit’s recollections of her mother’s advancing Alzheimer’s are not so much a memoir as a musing about stories – how we tell them and why we need themEarly in The Faraway Nearby, a book about memory, loss and storytelling, Rebecca Solnit writes of one August when she found herself the recipient of 100lb of apricots. She spread the fruit on the floor of her bedroom to slow its decay. “I...

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Flâneuse by Lauren Elkin review – how women walk

This elegant book considers defiant female walkers from Martha Gellhorn and Virginia Woolf to the author, and celebrates the freedom of being on the moveIn ’s The Summer Before the Dark, a 45-year-old woman walks across a London building site, her clothes ill-fitting, her hair a dishevelled combination of grey and red, and her shoulders hunched. She finds that she’s ignored, invisible, free...

dnes, 11:30
American Heiress by Jeffrey Toobin review – was Patty Hearst for real?

The author of The People v OJ Simpson examines another ‘trial of the century’, which hinged on whether Hearst was brainwashed or radicalisedOn the eve of Patty Hearst’s trial, 40 years ago, a reporter described her saga as “probably the mystery story of the 20th century”. It is certainly one of the most bizarre episodes in recent US history – a tale of high drama and farce, and of a...

dnes, 11:30
Medziriadky 2016 spoznali víťazov súťaže Medziriadky 2016 spoznali víťazov súťaže

Projekt Medziriadky vyhlásil víťazov siedmeho ročníka literárnej súťaže. Vo vysokoškolskej kategórii zvíťazila Dominika Moravčíková, ktorej meno je známe z viacerých literárnych súťaží.

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By the Book: Jacqueline Woodson: By the Book

The author, most recently, of “Another Brooklyn” loved “The Little Match Girl” as a child. First, “I cried for a week. Then I was done and ready to go out and change the world!”

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Marilynne Robinson wins literary peace prize for tales 'of reconciliation and love'

Richard C Holbrooke distinguished achievement award recognises work concerned with ‘forgiveness, the sacredness of the human creature and delight in being alive’Marilynne Robinson, already recipient of a host of awards honouring her writing for its literary qualities, has now been honoured for fostering “peace, social justice and global understanding” with her novels and essays.Robinson,...

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One third of parents avoid reading children scary stories, study finds

Psychologist responds to figures with recommendation that such reading ‘helps forge resilience’ and gives youngsters a sense of control over fearA psychologist has stressed the importance of scary children’s literature, after new research revealed that a third of parents would avoid reading their children a story containing a frightening character.A survey of 1,003 UK parents by online...

dnes, 14:26
Rebecca Rideal: 'The time of the grand histories is coming to an end'

The debut author explains how 1666, her account of an extraordinary year of plague, fire and war, seeks to tell a large story from the ground upThe great events of the mid-1660s are familiar to every British schoolchild: the fire in London that flattened most of the medieval City, the great plague that killed around a quarter of the capital’s inhabitants and the second Anglo-Dutch war....

dnes, 18:41
Food in books: blackberry jam from Goodnight Mister Tom

After a week of blackberry picking, Kate Young is inspired to make jam – using far more sugar than the characters in Michelle Magorian’s wartime classicBy for , part of the Willie spent the evening with Tom, washing and bottling the blackberries and eating some of them for supper.Goodnight Mister Tom, Michelle Magorian

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