A controversial book about Nelson Mandela’s last years has been withdrawn.
The contentious book documenting Nelson Mandela’s last days that was pulled of the shelves left many unanswered questions. Judgement must be suspended until it's content is made public.
The Mendi shown here in pre-war days in use as a mail ship.
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What might be the purpose of historical fiction? Perhaps to the humble and subtle to recognise and pay tribute to lives that came before us.
Allied forces wearing gas masks at Ypres, 1917.
The first fully industrialised war prompted many to draw parallels between human society and the insect world.
Arundhati Roy, in 2010.
Author and activist Arundhati Roy proves once again that she is a passionate voice of dissent in a nation that's tilting towards authoritarianism.
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How has Malcolm Lowry's novel stood the test of time?
The novelist's life was marked by the financial industry ... and not always for the best.
It's gritty and gripping in equal measure, but the swords and snowstorm narrative also answers a number of basic human needs.
Mme Soazig de la Moissonniere/Elysee.
Macron's portrait and taste in literature are full of political symbols to be sussed.
Young adult literature is starting to explore death in depth.
Death used to happen off the page in kids' books, but not anymore. They kill each other in The Hunger Games, and 13 Reasons Why graphically describes the impact of teen suicide.
How academic sleuthing uncovered the Edinburgh setting for a historic meeting of three of the greatest war poets
Eymet, a small village in the Perigord, is home to hundreds of British people.
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While people from many nations have chosen to make their home in France, the British were among the first and remain the most numerous.
Alexis Wright won the Miles Franklin award for her 2006 novel Carpentaria.
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Do you read Australia's First Nations writers? If not, why not? The time is well overdue for non-indigenous Australians to engage with the original inhabitants of the country.
The author in London in 1986, aged 69.
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In his lifetime Anthony Burgess was a strong advocate of free expression. A forthcoming book promises to bring his political writing back into focus.
British readers are missing out on a wealth of literature written by non-English women writers.
Platform 9 and ¾, the portal to Harry Potter’s magical world, at Kings Cross in London.
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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, the first in the phenomenally successful series, turns 20 this month. Despite criticism of their status as 'literature', the books remain a magical experience for children.
Many literary questions about smell are quite philosophical. Why do humans get pleasure from perfumes? Do rich bodies smell differently from poor ones?
Smell is the Cinderella of the senses in Anglophone literature, but James Joyce wrote an olfactory revolution. His treatment of the science of smell was astonishingly prescient.
The late Gordon Burn's prophetic writing predicted our obsession with celebrity and the media.
Bob Dylan pictured in 2012: his long synopses of a seemingly random list of books made up the bulk of this week’s Nobel Prize speech.
This extraordinarily odd speech might well be the singer’s most Dylanesque performance.
Sofia Boutella rises from the dead in The Mummy.
The Mummy, starring Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe, is the latest manifestation of our centuries old fascination with Egypt. But beneath this obsession is a darker story of looting and destruction.
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Simon John James and Richard Bower chat about differing conceptions of what it is to travel through time.