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Mothers by Jacqueline Rose review – an indignant defence

Are mothers really held accountable for the world’s ills? Why does our society punish women?

Every human alive knows something about mothers. Everyone’s had one. Mothering is at the root of all our biology, male and female; it’s tangled deep in our psychic development, and all human cultures have been bound to negotiate – with different degrees of awe, anxiety, sentimentality, hostility – forms and languages around its centrality.

Otherworldly: Princesses, Priestesses and Time Travel: What’s New in Science Fiction and Fantasy
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Amal El-Mohtar looks at new retellings of ancient tales, including a space opera, a futuristic “King Lear,” and an eco-thriller. www.nytimes.com/2018/04/19/...
The Enthusiast: In Praise of Margery Sharp
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For decades now, I have been browsing happily in her brilliantly acerbic fiction — social comedies that track issues of romance, sex, marriage, family, class and artistic endeavor through most of the 20th century. www.nytimes.com/2018/04/12/...
In 'Head On,' Killer Robots, Dogged Gumshoes ... And A Very Important Cat
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John Scalzi returns to the world of Lock In -- where people incapacitated by a strange disease can reenter the world through robot avatars — for a murder mystery that turns on a cat named Donut.

(Image credit: Eslah Attar/NPR)

Front Burner: A Favorite in a Full Field of Drinks for Derby Day
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“Julep: Southern Cocktails Refashioned” has recipes for drinks of the South, including the mint julep, in time for Derby Day. www.nytimes.com/2018/04/16/...
Virago to publish two new collections by Ballet Shoes author Noel Streatfeild

The forgotten stories, discovered among the late writer’s papers, will be published beginning in November with Christmas Story Collection

Two collections of forgotten stories by Noel Streatfeild are to be published for the first time. They were discovered among the late writer’s papers.

Streatfeild, who died in 1986, is the author of some of the best-loved classics of children’s literature, from Ballet Shoes, her tale of the adventures on the stage of the Fossil sisters, to Whi...

What Lord of the Flies is really about | Letter from Judy Golding Carver
My father distrusted simple judgments, but he did say his novel was about the importance of the rule of law, and the complexity of human beings, says William Golding’s daughter Judy Golding Carver

David Shariatmadari’s account of my father’s novel Lord of the Flies was a little sweeping when he declared: “William Golding sought to show that boys were, by their nature, little devils” (

Fiction: Jo Nesbo Sculpts ‘Macbeth’ Into Shadowy Crime Noir
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The Norwegian crime writer turns Shakespeare’s tragedy into a fast-paced thriller about murder and corruption in 1970s Glasgow. www.nytimes.com/2018/04/16/...
Browse a bookshop: Five Leaves, Nottingham
Top sellers and recommended reads from the East Midlands

“Five Leaves has always seen diversity (class, gender, age, sexuality and race) as important – in its staff, stocking policy, events,” says bookseller Jane Anger. “It reflects the world, and community, that we live in. Our most popular sections are politics, feminism and our very large poetry section.” And with a reputation for innovative book-related events, it has set up a national

New & Noteworthy
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A selection of books published this week; plus, a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading. www.nytimes.com/2018/04/17/...