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An Augustus reading list

Today marks the 2000th anniversary of the death of Augustus - so we thought we'd take a look at the best books to read to understand the young man who rose to create the Empire. Read more
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Read Augustus: From Revolutionary to Emperor

On the 2000th anniversary of his death, Adrian Goldsworthy introduces his new biography Augustus: From Revolutionary to Emperor and ponders why, unlike figures like Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, the first Imperator of Rome remains absent from wider public knowledge despite his great and lasting importance. Read more
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En Brogue

Hannah Rochell, features editor of InStyle magazine, explains how she came to opt for a high-heel-less life and walk on the flat, en brogue or otherwise. Read more

Are you a conspiracy theorist?

Do you think the moon landings were faked? Is climate change a hoax? Is the government hiding information about contact with aliens? Try one of Ben Ambridge's Psy-Q tests to see if you're a conspiracy theorist - and what that might say about your personality. Read more
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WWI: A history in fiction

On the 100th anniversary of Britain's entry into World War I, Richard Lee, founder of the Historical Novel Society, looks at fictional accounts of the Great War that are read today. Read more
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Recipe: A hummus feast

Three simple but delicious recipes from the Hummus Bros., Christian Mouysset and Ronen Givon, which will have your taste buds dancing this summer. Read more
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Recipe: Picado de file

Thiago Castanho and Luciana Bianchi share a recipe for a Brazilian workman's lunch. Having read it, we're off to become Brazilian workmen. Read more
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Dennis Hopper: The Lost Album

Chief curator of the Royal Academy of Arts Petra Giloy-Hirtz shares a gallery of highlights from the new exhibition of actor and director Dennis Hopper's unique photographs, which opens this Saturday. Plus - there's a chance for Waterstones Cardholders to save money on tickets to see the collection in person. Read more
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Read Sapiens

One book we're very excited about that's coming this autumn is Yuval Noah Harari's Sapiens: A Brief History of Mankind. Here's an extract and a beautiful video to get a flavour of it. Read more
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Why publishers still matter

At a time when it has never been easier to self-publish, what is the value of a publisher? Are they redundant in this brave new world? Sam Jordison explains how conventional publishers, and particularly independents with distinct characters like his own Galley Beggar Press, are perhaps needed now more than ever. Read more