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Recipe: Butter & Sage Gnudi

Jamie Oliver's latest offering - Jamie's Comfort Food - focusses on food that makes you feel happy. Well, this recipe for butter and sage gnudi has certainly put a smile on our faces. Read more
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Creating 24 Hours at Waterloo

Robert Kershaw explains how a chess set inspired his unconventional new narrative of one of history's great battles, which features unexpected perspectives and an hour by hour "virtual reality TV" style. Read more

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Goal kicks in America

In the 1970s, a US football league starring Pele, Cruyff and Beckenbauer briefly shone, then failed. Ian Plenderleith’s new book, Rock 'n' Roll Soccer, explains the multi-layered legacy of the unique and fascinating North American Soccer League. Read more

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London’s coolest gin distillers

It may surprise you that Olivia Williams, author of Gin Glorious Gin, knows quite a bit about the drink formerly known as "Mother's Ruin". Here's her low down on the best gin distilleries in the capital - just in time for a Friday afternoon tipple. Her research must have been fun. Read more

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Violet and the Pearl of the Orient

Designer Jane Buckley shares the evolution of her jacket for Harriet Whitehorn’s quirky detective début, Violet and the Pearl of the OrientWarning: contains scenes of cat obsession and spaghetti-eating!                                          Read more

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The Big Book Season: 28th August

Thursday 28th August. A day like any other. Or is it? Today is the first of a flurry of big book publishing days. Read on for our round-up of the best new books hitting the shelves today. Read more
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Ask Atwood: The Answers

We asked our Twitter followers for questions to ask Margaret Atwood - and today, on the publication of her new collection of tales, Stone Mattress - here are her answers to some of our favourites. Read more

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Read The Paying Guests – Chapter 2

Following on from our exclusive first chapter, here's a chance to read the second chapter from Sarah WatersThe Paying Guests, which is out tomorrow - plus watch the author discuss the book. Read more

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Yorkshire gets Sherlocked

What's the collective noun for a group of Sherlocks? We're going to go with "a deerstalker". Kelly Smith, from our Leeds Bookshop, writes in anticipation of the Yorkshire Brain Research Centre's attempt to break the world record for the largest deerstalker of Sherlocks ever assembled. Read more
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Fourteen years to become a début novelist

Stephanie Lam this week becomes a début novelist as her book The Mysterious Affair at Castaway House hits the shelves - fourteen years after she wrote it. How did she manage to get through the years of rejection - and what does it feel like to finally be a published author? Read more

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Authors take the #IceBucketChallenge

It's the charitable craze that's taken the internet by ice-cold storm--er, wave. Amanda Stevenson clues us in on some of the book world's finest who, among the A-list celebrities, politicians, and your Facebook feed frenzied friends, have taken the #IceBucketChallenge for ALS... Read more

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DANGER! DANGER! O’DOHERTY!

WARNING! DANGER! IT'S EVERYWHERE! But never fear David O'Doherty is here to explain how he harnessed his terror to create his new book Danger is Everywhere! - with illustrator Chris Judge. Who knew polar bears like card tricks? Read more

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Book Clinic: Goodnight Books

Trying to get young children into bed and sound asleep is not always the easiest task of the day, whether it’s “Just five more minutes, pleeease,” nighttime worries, or little ones that just don’t seem able to nod off. But do not fear: here are some of Isabel Popple's favourite goodnight, getting-ready-for-bed and afraid-of-the-dark books to help the process along. Read more

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The Devils’ Alliance

Seventy-five years ago today an unlikely partnership was born when Adolf Hitler allied the Nazi state with Joseph Stalin's Soviet Russia. Historian Roger Moorhouse explains why this event - often little more than a footnote in the narrative of World War Two - was so crucial: not only defining a third of the war, but also going some way to start it. Read more

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A Kate Bush reading list

Our own Kerry Meech (over-?) shares her selection of the best books for Kate Bush fans, ahead of her triumphant return next week - taking us through the literary inspirations behind the songs. Read more