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Anne Elliot’s Persuasiveness

Louisa Hall - author of The Carriage House - considers how, after an initially cool response, she became fascinated by Anne Elliot - a character who would ultimately contribute greatly to her writing. Read more
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Book Club: Read Lying Under the Apple Tree

Lying Under the Apple Tree - a selection of Novel Laureate Alice Munro's best short fiction from the past fifteen years is one of our Book Club selections this week - and here's a chance to enjoy one of her stories - The Love of a Good Woman... Read more
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Book Club – Almost English

Charlotte Mendelson introduces her Man Booker Prize longlisted novel Almost English, our Book Club book of the week, by recalling how her own teenage years were blighted by naivety before she found her way to knowledge and happiness. Read more
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Book Club – An Englishman in Madrid

Eduardo Mendoza explains a little about how he came to write our Book Club book of the week, An Englishman in Madrid, whilst Nick Caistor discusses the process of then translating the novel into English. Read more
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Book Club – The Reason I Jump

David Mitchell's translation of 13 year-old autistic child Naoki Higashida's incredible memoir is our Book Club book of the week. Here, Mitchell tells us about the experience of meeting Naoki for the first time, having already translated his book. Read more
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Book Club – The Bone Season

The first book in Samantha Shannon's epic seven book series - soon to be a film from Andy Serkis' The Imaginarium Studios, The Bone Season, is our Book Club book of the week. Get a flavour of the world of Scion in the first chapter. Read more