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February’s bestselling signed books

1. My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout 2. Morning Star: Book III of the Red Rising Trilogy by Pierce Brown 3. The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana by Umberto Eco 4. The Drowned Detective by Neil Jordan 5. M Train by Patti Smith 6. In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri 7. All the […]

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The Books of the Films of Meryl Streep

She’s an icon of modern cinema with more than 50 film roles to her credit. She has a trophy cabinet full of silverware, including three Oscars and eight Golden Globes. You’ve probably seen the majority of her films. We’re talking about Meryl Streep – the leading lady of Hollywood’s leading ladies. But, as so often […]

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David Bowie’s top 100 books

In October 2013, we published this list of David Bowie’s 100 favourite books. With the sad news of his death at 69 from cancer, this list offers a special insight into the mind behind the musician. Celebrate the life and music of a man who read a book each day. David Bowie’s favourite 100 books have […]

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Shortlists for 2015 Costa book awards

The shortlists for the 2015 Costa book awards have been announced. There are five prizes in all and two major names – Anne Enright and Kate Atkinson – appear among the contenders for the novel prize. The Guardian notes that The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley, which is up for the first novel prize, had […]

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October’s bestselling signed books

Once a month we like to take a look at the previous month’s hottest signed books. October had a musical flare, with memoirs from icons Patti Smith, John Fogerty, and Elvis Costello making an appearance in the top 10. Literary big-hitters Jonathan Franzen, Lauren Groff, and Andy Weir are hanging on after multiple months in […]

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Osama Bin Laden’s bookshelf

I’m confused as to why the US authorities would release a list of the books that appeared on the shelves of Osama Bin Laden’s Pakistan compound but the list is now being analysed around the world. Bin Laden read books about law, military strategy and, of course, books about the 9/11 attacks, including conspiracy theories. […]

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Top Ten Books About Addiction

This morning’s top 10 books list on The Guardian is a good one – top 10 books about addiction. There are some obvious choices like Irvine Welsh’s darkly funny, tragic and often really gross (that toilet scene…!) novel Trainspotting, and the surreal nightmare that is Requiem for a Dream by Hubert Selby Jr, but also […]

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Joan Didion’s favourite books

The Brainpicker blog has highlighted Joan Didion’s list of her favourite books of all-time. Lots of classics including Henry James, Hemingway, Orwell, Emily Brontë, James Baldwin and the poetry of WH Auden, Robert Lowell and Wallace Stevens. Born in 1934, Didion’s literary career began in 1963 with her debut novel, Run, River. In 2005, Didion won a […]

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The most expensive sales of 2014 – a double helping of David Bailey

Today, we have published our annual list of the most expensive sales of the year. The list for 2014 is remarkable for many reasons. A copy of Das Kapital sold for a staggering sum. There were appearances from legendary books like Dune, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Hobbit, Ulysses, and A Farewell to Arms. A […]

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My Favourite Reads of 2014

Every single year around this time, I find myself reflecting back on the books I’ve read since January 1st, and feeling: 1) mad at myself for not reading more; 2) mad at myself for wasting my life finishing that one really dreadful book; 3) delighted that I kept going through the hard bits of that […]

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