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.
Front cover of Tjarrany Roughtail - the book features a collection of Dreaming stories.
These books introduce children to Indigenous culture and experiences through colourful pictures and powerful storytelling.
Writer Solita Solano and Djuna Barnes in Paris, 1920s.
Unlike earlier lesbian and gay movements whose politics depended on visible identities, queer theory grew out of a critique of this – and perhaps that's where Djuna Barnes sits.
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Simon John James and Richard Bower chat about differing conceptions of what it is to travel through time.
Do the rules of success apply equally to all women?
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'Women Who Work' attempts to present itself as an apolitical work. But no narratives ever are – and it's especially the case for those that anxiously seek to appear that way.
Families benefit when fathers and mothers get paid parental leave.
The nation needs a more comprehensive approach to family leave and relief for parents with child care expenses. But the proposals the Trump team rolled out initially fell short.
Tech billionaire Sean Parker and his wife Alexandra Lenas Parker are among today’s youngest and most ambitious donors.
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In 'The Givers,' author David Callahan warns that today's mega-rich philanthropists wield too much political clout. He may be exaggerating their power and lowballing the public's own strength.
James Patterson – one of the world's bestselling authors – may not principally be a writer.
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The conditions for originality in a piece of writing.
Yggdrasil, the tree that supports the world in Norse myth, can be found in America in Neil Gaiman’s mash-up of world religion.
American Gods imagines a US where ancient gods exist at "right angles to reality", asking why we have mythologies and why we need them.
Children’s books were historically moralising and instructive. What’s changed?
Children’s literature may be a modern genre, but there is a long history of writing for children with some surprisingly unchanging elements.
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Whether the ubiquity of fiction has devalued truth or enhanced morality has been in doubt for over 2,000 years.
Children may actually prefer reading books the traditional way.
Research shows that providing children with eReading devices can actually inhibit their reading.
Étienne Léopold Trouvelot, Trouvelot figure. Photograph of electrical effluvia around a coin 1888–89.
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The way writers drew on electricity to weave their stories tells us much about the history of electricity itself.
Milo Yiannopoulos addressing the media this week.
Independent booksellers are increasingly seeing their role as, necessarily, an active, educative, political one.
Alternative facts owe more to Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World than Orwell's 1984.
Bookplates held a special place in the heart of the Edwardians.
Bookplates showed wealth, personality, status – and a sense of humour.
The 1998 film adaption of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, starring Johnny Depp as Hunter S Thompson, introduced millions of new fans to the world of gonzo journalism.
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Hunter S Thompson's 1971 book is a torpedo ride through some of the strangest scenes in American fact, or fiction. It's about greed, the souring of '60s idealism, the failings of journalism and much more.
What stories can teach children about the world.