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Sunday February 10, 2019 at 4:55am
Orson Welles’s formidable talents as an actor, director, producer and writer are well known through classic movies such as Citizen Kane and The Third Man. But more than three decades after his death, Welles’s flair for draughtsmanship is now increasingly being recognised.Sketches of film and stage productions are among hundreds of drawings reproduced in a forthcoming book, which follows a documentary about his art and an exhibition in Edinburgh last summer.View Full Article
Monday February 4, 2019 at 4:58am
Publisher says book, reconstructed from the author’s papers, is much closer to his traditional work than the much derided 1980 space romp View Guardian Article
Friday January 25, 2019 at 5:00am
Ex-New York Times editor said sources ‘should have been cited as quotations’ in Merchants of Truth after plagiarism accusationsThe former executive editor of the New York Times has acknowledged making some sourcing errors in her book Merchants of Truth and says she will correct them.In an email on Thursday to the Associated Press, Jill Abramson wrote that some page numbers in the sourcing notes needed to be fixed and that some sources “should have been cited as quotations in th....
Friday January 18, 2019 at 5:01am
The British author, who produced numerous bestsellers after her 1987 breakthrough, died following a strokeRosamunde Pilcher, author of the sweeping, bestselling family saga The Shell Seekers, has died aged 94.Her son, the author Robin Pilcher, confirmed the news to the Guardian . “She had been in great form up until Christmas, then suffered from bronchitis in the new year, but was always expected to bounce back as before. However, she suffered a stroke on Sunday night and never regained co....
Friday January 11, 2019 at 5:04am
Among all the dispute and conjecture that has surrounded the life of Catcher in the Rye author JD Salinger, one mystery remains especially puzzling. What did he produce after ceasing to publish his writing in 1965, and will it ever be read? It seemed possible that more work would come to light after Salinger’s death in 2010. In 2013 a documentary and accompanying book claimed, among other things, to describe the contents of five new Salinger books that would be forthcoming by 2020 at the l....
Friday December 28, 2018 at 5:06am
The book that changed my lifeFranz Kafka’s Metamorphosis troubled me at first because it broke all the rules. There was no explanation, no sympathy only absurdity and suffering. This is the book that made me realise I could write through a distorted lens and still convey truth.The books I think are most overratedThe Song of Ice and Fire series by George RR Martin. One battle with an army of the undead is enough for me. Give me The Lord of the Rings any day.See full interview
Monday December 17, 2018 at 5:08am
After Columbine, Dave Cullen swore he would never write about a mass shooting again. But over the next 20 years, he realised that he and other journalists had a duty to destroy the deadly myths they had helped create.As I drove down Highway 6 toward the Rocky Mountains on 20 April 1999, hoping to find this high school I had never heard of in Columbine, where shots had been reported but no injuries, I had no conception of what I was about to witness. What was happening inside that high school was....
Monday December 3, 2018 at 5:10am
Q: What books do you recommend for coming to terms with lifelong loneliness?A: Amanda Craig, author and critic, writes:Loneliness is so much a part of being both a writer and reader that it’s no wonder most of us are what Patrick Hamilton’s novel calls The Slaves of Solitude.Shakespeare invented the word, Philip Larkin celebrated it, but Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe (1719) was the first to live with loneliness. Shipwrecked on his desert island for 28 years, he builds shelter,....
Thursday November 29, 2018 at 5:12am
Good Omens, Neverwhere, Coraline, American Gods ... the genre-defying author joined us to answer your questionsView Full Interview
Thursday November 1, 2018 at 5:14am
After discovering most novels of ‘literary value’ are written by dead white men, Emily Maguire asks, who gets to decide? And what’s the criteria? I dropped out of high school early, so when I eventually got to university I was a “mature-age student”. What a ridiculous label. I was 24, and I didn’t feel mature – I felt ancient.After almost a decade working minimum wage jobs with shitty pay and shittier treatment, I felt exhausted beyond words. And as some....