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Man Booker 2017 shortlist includes Auster, Saunders, Ali Hamid and a bookseller from York

The 2017 Man Booker Prize shortlist has been announced. You can look at the list in several ways – three male and three female writers; two British, one British-Pakistani and three American writers, or even four established names and two new faces. Paul Auster (US), 4 3 2 1 Emily Fridlund (US), History of Wolves […]

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Walk through Umberto Eco’s private library

Be warned. Umberto had a mighty big library. Let him lead the way.

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Eight Pancake Books That Go Way Beyond Shrove Tuesday

Pancakes are delicious enough to deserve our attention way beyond Shrove Tuesday (February 28) and the start of Lent. The editors at AbeBooks.co.uk have selected eight pancake cookery books offering recipes that span the world, from California to Russia and Scandinavia, and show numerous forms of this humble but versatile dish. The original reason for […]

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John le Carré: “The best book I have ever read on men and war”

John le Carré described it as “the best book I have ever read on men and war in our time,”  while The Guardian placed the title on its list of the top 100 non-fiction books. The publisher was so proud of this quote from le Carré  that they emblazoned it on the cover of later editions. […]

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