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Harry Potter book sold for £33,000 in auction

May 24, 2020 5:32:45 pm

According to a report in The Independent, the rare copy was found by the owner in a skip. The person concerned, a teacher in a school at Buckinghamshire, had kept the book in her loft.

Two poets write about the season of disquiet

May 24, 2020 10:14:01 am

Two poets on the strange new rhythms of a world thrown out of gear.

Two writers speak of returning to life once the pandemic is behind us

May 24, 2020 10:14:19 am

Eyes firmly on the future, two writers speak of returning to life once the pandemic is behind us.

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Historian Peter Frankopan on why this pandemic reveals a dangerous lack of global cooperation

May 24, 2020 11:34:15 am

‘Inclusivity and tolerance produce better outcomes in practice’

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Bill Clinton collaborates with James Patterson for a crime novel

May 22, 2020 12:40:25 pm

It will be out in June 2021. Speaking on the experience, Patterson stressed that working with the former president in 2018 was “a highlight of my career” and he is considerably “thrilled to have the chance to write with him again”. 

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Shortlist for The Encore Award announced; see list

May 21, 2020 12:50:33 pm

The judges are author and professor, Edmund Gordon, novelist Nikita Lalwani and writer Eley Williams. The winner will be announced on June 25, 2020.

I did something stupid: Neil Gaiman apologises for breaking lockdown rules

May 21, 2020 9:39:22 am

In case you are wondering what was he thinking, Gaiman has an answer for you. "I wasn't, not clearly. I just wanted to go home."

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The Hunger Games prequel is out in India

May 20, 2020 3:01:25 pm

The first three books in the Hunger Games series — The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay — have sold more than 100 million copies.

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Ruskin Bond’s birthday: An extract from his short story, The Woman on Platform No 8

May 19, 2020 12:28:55 pm

Earlier this month, a collection of his short stories, Miracle At Happy Bazaar, My Very Best Stories for Children was released as an Ebook by Aleph Book Company. Here is an extract from The Woman on Platform No 8.

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Amid lockdown Ebooks emerge as unlikely saviour for publishing houses

May 19, 2020 11:38:08 am

Confronted with an unprecedented crisis, publishing houses are compelled to not just view the potential of digital format but also explore it in a way they had not before.

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It’s like living in a zoo, confined to your cage: Pulitzer-winning poet Jericho Brown on lockdown

May 17, 2020 9:41:42 am

The first Black gay poet to win Pulitzer on being a poet in the time of the pandemic and making room for tenderness, alongside violence, while writing about race, sexuality and faith.

Home is where the work is: Writers and their workstations

May 16, 2020 11:00:29 am

As the COVID-19 pandemic makes work-from-home the new normal, a look at the workspaces of people who have always functioned in isolation -- writers. For Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar, his workstation is where the writer and the doctor meet.

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After TV adaptation, Sally Rooney’s Normal People tops UK book charts

May 14, 2020 12:18:24 pm

Rooney's Normal People, published in 2018, is set in Dublin and follows the lives of the principal characters as they constantly overlap.

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Home is where the work is: Writers and their workspaces

May 13, 2020 2:54:05 pm

As the COVID-19 pandemic makes work-from-home the new normal, a look at the work spaces of people who have always functioned in isolation -- writers. This week Tanuj Solanki shares the incredible privilege of space in a world upended by a pandemic and why it is 'No Writing, No Complaints' for him.

Stanley Johnson’s out-of-print novel on a lethal virus to be republished

May 12, 2020 5:41:03 pm

The 1982 book The Virus by Stanley Johnson, UK prime minister Boris Johnson's father, is centered on a lethal virus.

Japanese author Murakami to DJ ‘Stay Home’ radio special as virus shutdown continues

May 12, 2020 2:28:14 pm

Murakami, a perennial favourite for the Nobel Prize in Literature, is a notorious recluse but has hosted his Murakami Radio show every couple months.

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Lockdown reading: Saikat Majumdar shares the books he is reading

May 12, 2020 1:08:19 pm

Lockdown Reading is a series where authors will enlist the books they are reading (or not) during this time. This week, Saikat Majumdar does the same. 

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‘Nikah halala distorted into a game of lust’: A new book looks at a marriage that isn’t

May 12, 2020 1:36:06 am

Author and journalist Ziya Us Salam's latest book, Nikah Halala, Sleeping with a Stranger, elaborates, with real examples, how the concept of nikah halala is being abused.

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Neil Gaiman is not reading up on how to split from someone with Narcissistic Personality Disorder

May 11, 2020 1:47:01 pm

Over the weekend, after news of their separation, screenshots from Gaiman's Goodreads account started floating on social media and the reason was a particular book that featured on his reading list.

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Lockdown verse: Jayshree Misra Tripathi and Priya Sarukkai Chabria share their poems

May 10, 2020 1:04:18 pm

Lockdown verse, as the name suggests, is a series consisting of poems introspecting, examining and reflecting on the times we are living in.

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