Food in books: tea-cakes from Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson

Kate Young’s copy of Atkinson’s debut novel is now dog-eared due to all the food references in it, but she settled this week for making a sweet treatBy for , part of the Bunty and I were busy feeding the toaster with an assortment of bakery goods - crumpets, pikelets, tea-cakes and so on - when George tramps in from the garden, leaving mud everywhere and says, ‘I’ve been having a chat...

včera, 18:00
The Girl Who Beat Isis: My Story by Farida Khalaf and Andrea C Hoffman – review

A first-person account of what happened after two Yazidi women were captured by Islamic State is as gripping as it is appallingIn the summer of 2014, the jihadi group that had until then called itself “Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant” seemed invincible. Its fighters swept through north and central Iraq, seizing swaths of territory including Mosul, the country’s second city, and...

dnes, 12:00
Michal Havran st.: Ruská špiónka Michal Havran st.: Ruská špiónka

Vedenie ruskej tajnej služby sa rozhodne vyslať do USA výnimočne krásnu Rusku, aby sa pod diplomatickým krytím dostala do blízkosti bývalého prezidenta Billa Clintona.

dnes, 6:37
Peacock and Vine by AS Byatt review – Mariano Fortuny and William Morris, masters of design

Byatt teases out the similarities and contrasts between two multifaceted makers, who each gave their name to famous brands, in this late-life meditation on the values of artAll admirers of AS Byatt’s writing are aware of her profound intellectual awareness of the visual coexisting with an almost childlike delight in the colours and tactilities of everyday life. Think back to the beginning of...

dnes, 11:00
Poets on tour: lost in a new country

Under the roof of Carlisle cathedral, our readings seem oddly attuned with where we are now. Elsewhere, none of our navigational gizmos stop us feeling lostThe map of the country I thought I lived in is changing from one day to the next, before my eyes.I watch our progress on Google Maps. Our blue dot moves from Manchester, through the Lake District, towards Carlisle. I have always loved this,...

včera, 18:18
Why I'm glad corporal punishment is now only found in books

It’s hard to believe that just 30 years ago teachers used to routinely hit children who got out of line. Author Jon Walter on what it was like to fear physical punishment at school when he was growing up It’s 30 years since the use of corporal punishment was outlawed in British state schooling. Although I was never caned, the fear of physical punishment was an everyday part of my school...

dnes, 12:00
Your stories: Temple of Hephaestus by Skymixer78

Part 3 of the action story continues, by children’s books site member Skymixer78Leon threw a silver plate right at Rakmel’s eye.‘YAAAGH!!’ screamed Rakmel. He charged at Leon, who used evasive manoeuvres to make Rakmel crash into different pillars. Leon was running to me and then I got a golden sword and hit Rakmel with one bold stroke and Rakmel fell with a few words to say.

včera, 21:00
Wojciech Jagielski: Noční pútnici Wojciech Jagielski: Noční pútnici

V knihe budeme konfrontovaní nielen s politickými prevratmi príznačnými pre Afriku, ale aj s úlohou novinára a jeho zodpovednosťou za ďalší osud hlavných hrdinov.

dnes, 6:37
Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas – review Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas – review

‘Once I started reading this book I couldn’t stop and I felt like I lived in that world throughout the whole story’The story takes place in a land called Erilea. The main character is an eighteen-year-old girl named Celaena Sardothien. She was an assassin, the best of her kind, until she made a fatal mistake and got caught. She was sent to serve a life sentence in the salt mines in...

dnes, 11:00