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What I learned from being held hostage for 450 days
Edith Blais

What I learned from being held hostage for 450 days

Edith Blais and her partner were captured by terrorists in Burkina Faso. Here, she explains why she’s decided to share her story for the first time in new book The Weight of Sand.

Top 5 books written by refugees, chosen by Gulwali Passarlay
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Top 5 books written by refugees, chosen by Gulwali Passarlay

‘This idea that refugees’ stories are all sad, it’s not true.’ These are memoirs of hope, determination and love.

The journey inspired by Orwell’s roses, still flowering 70 years after his death
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The journey inspired by Orwell’s roses, still flowering 70 years after his death

Dani Garavelli reviews Orwell’s Roses by Rebecca Solnit and The Life of the Mind by Christine Smallwood

Biologist Beth Shapiro’s top 5 books about humans and nature
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Biologist Beth Shapiro’s top 5 books about humans and nature

‘I consider myself a foot soldier in the exploration of Mars’
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‘I consider myself a foot soldier in the exploration of Mars’

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Nova Reid: ‘Being anti-racist is confronting and will feel uncomfortable’
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Nova Reid: ‘Being anti-racist is confronting and will feel uncomfortable’

Top 5 books set in fictional bad places, chosen by JL George
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Top 5 books set in fictional bad places, chosen by JL George

Book reviews: Oh William! and Things I Didn’t Throw Out
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Book reviews: Oh William! and Things I Didn’t Throw Out

Dead Relatives review: Brilliantly atmospheric and relentlessly creepy
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Dead Relatives review: Brilliantly atmospheric and relentlessly creepy

Far From the Light of Heaven review: Wrongfoots the reader at every turn
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Far From the Light of Heaven review: Wrongfoots the reader at every turn

Top 5 spooky books written by women
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Top 5 spooky books written by women

Finding the real Shane MacGowan meant roving down a different road
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Finding the real Shane MacGowan meant roving down a different road

Top 5 books about unreliable therapists, chosen by Graeme Macrae Burnet
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Top 5 books about unreliable therapists, chosen by Graeme Macrae Burnet

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Tenement Kid by Bobby Gillespie review: Primal Scream star strikes a tangible note of melancholy
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Tenement Kid by Bobby Gillespie review: Primal Scream star strikes a tangible note of melancholy

The website offering a new way to find diverse children’s books
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The website offering a new way to find diverse children’s books

The Book of Form and Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki: A deeply profound novel about human connection
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The Book of Form and Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki: A deeply profound novel about human connection

Bewilderment by Richard Powers: Packs a hell of a punch
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Bewilderment by Richard Powers: Packs a hell of a punch

Author Fiona Valpy discovers the real Casablanca
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Author Fiona Valpy discovers the real Casablanca

Dolly Parton, Dave Grohl and Billie Piper feature in Letter To My Younger Self paperback
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Dolly Parton, Dave Grohl and Billie Piper feature in Letter To My Younger Self paperback

Top 5 books about the Windrush Generation, chosen by author Paul Mendez
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Top 5 books about the Windrush Generation, chosen by author Paul Mendez

Top 5 books for children, chosen by Matt Lucas
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Top 5 books for children, chosen by Matt Lucas

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Dinner Party: A Tragedy by Sarah Gilmartin: ‘A compulsive narrative drive’
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Dinner Party: A Tragedy by Sarah Gilmartin: ‘A compulsive narrative drive’

Author Tash Aw: ‘So many of us have multiple identities’
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Author Tash Aw: ‘So many of us have multiple identities’

Read this exclusive poem about homelessness by Ian McMillan
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Read this exclusive poem about homelessness by Ian McMillan

Top 5 dystopian novels, featuring Isaac Asimov and Iain M Banks
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Top 5 dystopian novels, featuring Isaac Asimov and Iain M Banks

Nina Simone’s Gum by Warren Ellis: A delightful diary of Ellis’s musical life and friendships
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Nina Simone’s Gum by Warren Ellis: A delightful diary of Ellis’s musical life and friendships

Top 5 books about faceless bureaucracies, from Catch-22 to The Handmaid’s Tale
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Top 5 books about faceless bureaucracies, from Catch-22 to The Handmaid’s Tale

Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead: An Ocean’s Eleven meets Ozark heist caper
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Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead: An Ocean’s Eleven meets Ozark heist caper

I went to the quietest place in America. The locals want wifi
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I went to the quietest place in America. The locals want wifi

Book reviews: Something New Under The Sun and The Black Locomotive
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Book reviews: Something New Under The Sun and The Black Locomotive

Top 5 books on railways, featuring Terry Pratchett and a handbook from 1866
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Top 5 books on railways, featuring Terry Pratchett and a handbook from 1866

From 13th-century monks to Google, we’re all index-linked
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From 13th-century monks to Google, we’re all index-linked

Author Charles Foster: ‘Unless we rediscover our stories we’re finished’
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Author Charles Foster: ‘Unless we rediscover our stories we’re finished’