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Britain's favourite pastime? Grumbling in a queue

Britain’s favourite pastime? Grumbling in a queue: Book explores how the UK became orderly Drinking on the job one of the areas in which Britain has become more order  Tim Newburn and Andrew Ward examine the history of Britain’s etiquette  The book looks at dog mess, urinating in public and queueing among others  SOCIETY  Orderly Britain  […]

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A Novelist Chronicles the Panic of War While Living Through It

Franz Kafka speaks for us all but there may be no other European writer who experienced the tumultuous first half of the 20th century more profoundly than Victor Serge (1890-1947). A man of action and letters, the author of seven works of fiction plus two confiscated by the Soviet police, a history, a memoir and […]

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‘Why Was It So Hard?’: How the Pandemic Changed Our Children

THE STOLEN YEAR: How Covid Changed Children’s Lives, and Where We Go Now, by Anya Kamenetz No societal shift has impacted my adult life as profoundly as the extended closure of schools during the pandemic. At first, I mourned my career, which I gave up to facilitate the purgatory of Zoom “school” for my first […]

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Alone in the Minnesota Woods, Tracked by Killers

For some reason, William Kent Krueger’s work has always left me cold. I shied away even as the crime-writing world showered him with awards. But after reading FOX CREEK (Atria, 388 pp., $28), the 19th outing for the part-Irish, part-Ojibwe Minnesota detective Cork O’Connor, I’m at a loss to explain my earlier reticence. A man […]

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CONTEMPORARY

CONTEMPORARY THE FAMILY RETREAT  by Bev Thomas (Faber £14.99, 320 pp) Caught up in the rescuing rush, Jess misses a series of huge red flags. The author was a clinical psychologist in the NHS for years and it shows. Gripping I raced through this beautifully written, emotionally intelligent thriller about domestic violence and how even […]

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PICTURE THIS

PICTURE THIS COLOURS OF ART  by Chloe Ashby (Frances Lincoln £25, 256 pp) Learn more about how artists experimented with pigments to deliver masterpieces in Ashby’s stunning book ‘There are colours that make each other shine, that make a couple, complete each other like man and wife,’ said van Gogh in a letter to his […]

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HISTORICAL

HISTORICAL THE NIGHT SHIP by Jess Kidd (Canongate £16.99, 384pp) Jess Kidd’s fabulous fourth book sets sail in 1629, aboard the doomed Dutch ship, the Batavia Jess Kidd’s fabulous fourth book sets sail in 1629, aboard the doomed Dutch ship, the Batavia. On board are a crew of malcontented sailors, rich and poor passengers, and nine-year-old […]