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Tuesday June 6, 2017 at 1:46am
Speaking at Hay festival, writer accuses ‘aggregating news agencies’ of not taking responsibility for their contentStephen Fry has called for Facebook and other “aggregating news agencies” to be reclassified as publishers in order to stop fake news and online abuse spreading by making social media subject to the same legal responsibilities as traditional news websites.
Thursday June 1, 2017 at 1:39am
Passages quoted in new edition of Eliot’s correspondence show Vivien Haigh-Wood convinced herself that he had been kidnapped to explain his absence.The first wife of TS Eliot refused to accept that their marriage was over, explaining away his absence from her life with deluded excuses, her diary reveals.Vivien Haigh-Wood was devastated when her relationship with one of the 20th century’s most important writers ended with their separation in 1933.
Friday May 19, 2017 at 1:41am
Northern Irish writer praised by judges for his ‘fierce intellectual determination’ wins annual award in memory of the late Nobel laureateBelfast poet Michael Longley, whom Seamus Heaney described as “a custodian of griefs and wonders”, has been awarded the 2017 PEN Pinter prize. The prize has a personal resonance for the poet, who is one of the most significant figures in Irish poetry. Not only is he an admirer of Harold Pinter, after whom the award was named, but the playwright had spurred him....
Tuesday May 2, 2017 at 1:42am
Peter Wohlleben’s book has become bestseller in Germany but he tells Hay festival audience it has annoyed scientists Trees are social creatures that mother their young, talk to each other, experience pain, remember things and have sex with each other, a bestselling author has said.If that persuades you to go and hug the nearest tree, then great, said Peter Wohlleben. Just avoid a birch: “It is not very sociable. Try a beech.”Wohlleben was at the Hay literary festival in Wales to talk about a boo....
Thursday April 27, 2017 at 1:44am
Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel rockets to number one on Amazon after Channel 4 begins airing series starring Elisabeth MossThe Handmaid’s Tale, the 1985 novel by Margaret Atwood envisaging a hellish dystopia where the US is ruled by an ultra-far-right regime that treats women as chattels, has rocketed to the top of the bestseller charts after the UK broadcast of the first episode of the TV adaptation.
Sunday April 23, 2017 at 9:19am
“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.” — Jane Austen“Reading is a conversation. All books talk. But a good book listens as well.” — Mark Haddon“Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.” ? Groucho Marx“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ? C.S. Lewis“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.” ?....
Wednesday April 12, 2017 at 1:43am
Archive research of crime fiction magazines has recovered nine stories that will be collected under the title A Spot of Folly this autumnA collection of short stories by Ruth Rendell, unearthed in the archive of an US detective magazine, are to be published for the first time in the UK this autumn. The stories were found in magazines – most back issues of the Ellery Queen Mystery magazine – and date as far back at the 1970s. They will be published under the title A Spot of Folly.
Thursday March 9, 2017 at 1:46am
Author is returning to his enchanted Oxford for more fantasy adventures involving his heroine Lyra and a boy called MalcolmAn 11-year-old boy called Malcolm Polstead – who lives in an inn on the banks of the river Thames in Oxford – will be at the centre of the first volume of Philip Pullman’s hotly anticipated new trilogy. The Book of Dust will be a companion trilogy to his global bestselling series His Dark Materials. Details of the first instalment, La Belle Sauvage, were revealed on Friday b....
Friday February 24, 2017 at 1:48am
Duplicating sheet in old notebook examined by academics yields two unknown works, To a Refractory Santa Claus and MegrimsA carbon paper hidden in the back of an old notebook owned by Sylvia Plath has revealed two previously unknown poems by The Bell Jar author. The paper, which was discovered by scholars working on a new book, has lain undiscovered for 50 years and offers a tantalising glimpse of how the poet worked with her then husband, fellow poet Ted Hughes.
Friday February 10, 2017 at 1:38am
A Clockwork Orange author only managed entries for three letters and his abortive labours were thought to have gone for ever.The writer Anthony Burgess invented futuristic slang for his cult novel A Clockwork Orange and was so fascinated by the language of the street that he began work on a dictionary more than 50 years ago. Now his lost dictionary of slang, abandoned after several hundred entries covering three letters, has been discovered.