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    Which is the greatest Jane Austen novel?

    It is a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen is one of the greatest English novelists. On the 200th anniversary of her death, writers make the case for the novel closest to their hearts Hilary Mantel Jack and Alice and other juveniliaCharlotte Bront did not like Jane Austen because she thought she was mimsy, with […] More

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    Best holiday reads 2017, picked by writers part one

    A plagiarist in a kitchen and a horse walking into a bar; Dublin crimes and Washington misdemeanours; relationships, revolutions and relaxations … leading writers reveal their summer recommendations Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie A book I absolutely loved was Margo Jeffersons Negroland(Granta), a memoir of her life as part of the African American economically privileged class. It […] More

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    Top 10 novels about Pakistan

    From Mohammed Hanif to Kamila Shamsie, and some names still unfamiliar to English readers, here is some of the best fiction about a nation set to turn 70 this year A while ago I emailed a Pakistani news editor, introducing myself and pitching a column. He replied promptly saying that while we hadnt met, he […] More

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    How celebrity deals are shutting children’s authors out of their own trade

    As Frank Lampard, George Galloway and Cara Delevingne land big-money book deals, established writers look on from the fringes or turn away altogether Another day, another celebrity announces they are to pen a childrens book. Already this week, Jamie Lee Curtis Chelsea Clinton a picture book about inspirational women and the Black Eyed Peasthree highest-earning […] More