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Brandon Taylor on the Sally Rooney Phenomenon

Taylor talks about Rooney’s “Beautiful World, Where Are You,” and David Rooney discusses “About Time: A History of Civilization in Twelve Clocks.” Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher | How to Listen The novelist Brandon Taylor, who has generated his own buzz with his debut novel, “Real Life,” and a collection of stories, “Filthy […]

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CRIME

CRIME THE MADNESS OF CROWDS by Louise Penny (Hodder £16.99, 448 pp) THE MADNESS OF CROWDS by Louise Penny (Hodder £16.99, 448 pp) This enthralling novel from a fine crime writer raises a fascinating question — how should we deal with a post-pandemic world to make sure that nothing like it ever happens again? The […]

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What 23,000 deaths can teach you about life by a forensic pathologist

What 23,000 deaths can teach you about life: Distinguished forensic pathologist says ‘we make old age a disease rather than another step’ as he shares lessons in a new book Dr Richard Shepherd has conducted over 23,000 post-mortems in his career Forensic pathologist has penned a new book describing death at seven stages Believes ‘we […]

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In Lauren Groff’s New Novel, Nothing — and Everything — Is Sacred

When you purchase an independently reviewed book through our site, we earn an affiliate commission. By Kathryn Harrison MATRIXBy Lauren Groff Maybe it’s the return of children’s crusades, Greta Thunberg’s for the environment, David Hogg’s against gun violence. Or the unrelenting death knell of a plague that summoned the astonishing sight of a field hospital […]

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New in Paperback: ‘A Knock at Midnight,’ ‘The Vapors’ and More

By Tina Jordan A KNOCK AT MIDNIGHT: A Story of Hope, Justice, and Freedom, by Brittany K. Barnett. (Crown, 352 pp., $17.) This memoir by Barnett — a young Black lawyer and the cofounder of Buried Alive, an organization that appeals life sentences for nonviolent drug offenders — “unfurls like a coming-of-age story,” our reviewer, […]

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Author examines classic cons in an eye-opening new book

Lies, damned lies – and the saps who believe them! Author examines classic cons and how to tell untruths successfully in an eye-opening new book Aja Raden tells the outrageous stories of several classic cons in a new book  American writer reveals how ‘honesty bias’ allows us to blindly trust information Also explores street hustle Shell Game, […]

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CONTEMPORARY

CONTEMPORARY FRECKLES by Cecelia Ahern (HarperCollins £16.99, 352 pp) FRECKLES by Cecelia Ahern (HarperCollins £16.99, 352 pp) Allegra Bird is a parking warden nicknamed Freckles who takes her job very seriously. When an irate driver accuses her of having a vendetta against him, Allegra is shocked by his claim that, because people are the average […]