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You cannot be 'well read' without reading women | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett
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Male authors rarely recommend books by the opposite sex, while customers are reportedly bragging in bookshops about avoiding female writers – when will this be corrected?

Lauren Groff did something brilliantly subversive last week. In her New York Times By the Book Q&A – an interview in which authors are asked such questions as “What’s the last great book you read?” and “What book by someb...

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The best recent science fiction – reviews roundup
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The Rending and the Nest by Kaethe Schwehn, The Book of M by Peng Shepherd, Pandemic by AG Riddle, The Synapse Sequence by Daniel Godfrey, Awakened by James S Murray and Darren Wearmouth

Kaethe Schwehn’s gripping first novel The Rending and the Nest (Bloomsbury, £18.99) is an addition to the overflowing post-apocalypti...

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Bernard Lewis obituary
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Controversial historian of the Middle East and expert on Islam who was an influential adviser to the Bush administration

Both erudite and controversial, the scholar Bernard Lewis, who has died aged 101, conveyed the complexity of the Middle East with supreme confidence. His general books on Muslim-Christian relations over the centuries introduced students to a field that now defines the centre of international debate.

In 2003 he was consulted by the Bush administration, though recomme...

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Roxane Gay: ‘No one is guaranteed love or affection’
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The author of Bad Feminist and Hunger has strong words for ‘incels’, harassers in publishing and diet gurus

Born in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1974, Roxane Gay is an author, essayist, New York Times opinion writer and associate professor of English at Indiana’s Purdue University. She has published a novel, An Untamed State, two short story collections, Ay...

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Germaine Greer’s comments on rape are dangerous and damaging | Laura Bates
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The difficulty of prosecuting rape cases is notorious. The feminist’s suggestion that we give up trying is disturbing

When women talk about any kind of misogynistic abuse, three things happen. We are told that we should stop making a fuss. We are told that it could be worse. We are told that other issues are more serious. At the Hay Festival this week, Germaine Greer to...

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Hits and surprises as judges reveal the Man Booker’s shortlist of five golden decades
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Mantel and Ondaatje are in but Rushdie’s out as judges name shortlist for public vote on best novel

The popular novels The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje and Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall have made the shortlist of the five best Man Booker prize winners of all time, judges revealed at the Hay Festival in Wales&...

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Who betrayed Anne Frank? Book claims to shed new light on mystery
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Son of Dutch resistance member says Nazis were alerted to family’s secret chamber by Jewish collaborator

A new book has provided what it claims is fresh evidence that Anne Frank and her family were betrayed by a Jewish woman who was executed after the second world war for collaborating with the Nazis.

The mystery of how the Franks were found in a secret annex in a building on Amsterdam’s Prinsengracht in August 1944 has thwarted formal investigations and troubled academics ...

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Chernobyl: History of a Tragedy by Serhii Plokhy review – death of the Soviet dream
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This account of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster is both moving and rigorously researched

The first sign to the outer world that there was something wrong came at a power plant in Sweden on 28 April 1986. A chemist responsible for measuring radiation levels noticed what seemed like a malfunction: the alarm kept going off. He examined the shoe of a co-worker. It showed radioactive elements not normally detected at the plant. The Swedes immediately suspected a Soviet accident. It took many days...

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Philip Roth obituary
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Poignantly humane novelist set on emancipating American literature from respectability

“I write fiction,” warned Philip Roth, “and I’m told it’s autobiography. I write autobiography and I’m told it’s fiction, so since I’m so dim and they’re so smart, let them decide.” That half-defensive, angry note and a lifetime as a novelist crafting multiple “fake biographies”, gave Roth, who has died aged 85, an enigmatic status for tidy...

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Connect by Julian Gough review – on the run from Dad and his drones
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This stimulating tale of a coder and his mum is a hyper-digital thriller with hints of Fifty Shades of Grey

“I hardly read Irish writers any more,” said Julian Gough in 2010. “Novel after novel set in the 1970s, 60s, 50s... you wouldn’t know television had been invented.”

Although Gough’s mischievous dig at his peers predated a startling upsurge of exceptional new fiction from Ireland in recent years, it’s fair to say that the current...

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