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A Monster With a Badge

Comic writer and novelist M.R. Carey, author of our Book Club book of the week The Girl With All The Gifts, explains why he thinks the scariest kind of evil is the kind that comes from inside. Read more


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James Dashner’s 5 Maze Runner Inspirations

Coming to cinemas in the UK this October, James Dashner's dystopian epic- and our Children's Book of the Month - The Maze Runner owes its inspiration to some classic films, books, TV shows and... - well, we'll let him explain. Read more
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This is the day that was…

It may take two to tango, but it takes three to compile Classic FM's The Big Book of Classical Music. And no wonder - covering 100 years of classical music in 366 days is no mean feat - as one of the book's authors - Tim Lihoreau - explains. Read more

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Hitler’s Canary

Author Elizabeth Buchan shares her inspiration for her new book, I Can't Begin to Tell You, and gives us a glimpse at the women who worked in the shadows during World War II. Read more
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“I don’t always share my occupation outright. I don’t say erotica”

When A.R. Torre's first novel became a runaway success, she was delighted - until she realised she'd have to come clean with her friends and family about the book's explicit content. Though her decision for "full disclosure" has left some relationships fractured, with eight books under her belt, including her new thriller The Girl in 6E,  she says she has found contentment. Read more

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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