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‘You’re rewarded for being funny, not being right’: How Oxford Tory ‘chums’ came to run the country
Politics

‘You’re rewarded for being funny, not being right’: How Oxford Tory ‘chums’ came to run the country

Oxford Union, parties, privilege and architecture are some of the contributing factors that characterise the UK’s powerful politicians, says journalist and author Simon Kuper.

River Clyde by Simone Buchholz review: A daring, original crime story
Book review

River Clyde by Simone Buchholz review: A daring, original crime story

The latest in a popular crime series moves the action from Hamburg to Glasgow, where the state prosecutor protagonist faces not just her own grief, but the new challenges of this alien city.

The scientific reason hate is on the rise
Books

The scientific reason hate is on the rise

A record number of hate crimes are being recorded – but why is this and what can we do to stop them, asks Matthew Williams.

Our Wives Under the Sea by Julia Armfield review: A mystical thriller with serious depth
Book reviews

Our Wives Under the Sea by Julia Armfield review: A mystical thriller with serious depth

Fight Night by Miriam Toews review: The funniest, smartest novel you’ll read this year
Book review

Fight Night by Miriam Toews review: The funniest, smartest novel you’ll read this year

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Ben Okri: ‘War taught me as a kid that there is no certainty in this world’
Books

Ben Okri: ‘War taught me as a kid that there is no certainty in this world’

The Wonders by Elena Medel review: a gripping portrayal of poverty and powerlessness
Book review

The Wonders by Elena Medel review: a gripping portrayal of poverty and powerlessness

Harrow by Joy Williams review: A nihilistic vision of a joyless future
Book review

Harrow by Joy Williams review: A nihilistic vision of a joyless future

Limbic by Peter Scalpello review: the dark side of queer writing
Book review

Limbic by Peter Scalpello review: the dark side of queer writing

Chilean Poet by Alejandro Zambra review: A dazzling jewel from a true original
Books

Chilean Poet by Alejandro Zambra review: A dazzling jewel from a true original

Our Country Friends by Gary Shteyngart review: a contemporary literary hoot
Books

Our Country Friends by Gary Shteyngart review: a contemporary literary hoot

How I wrote Tides: A novelist’s search for solitude
Books

How I wrote Tides: A novelist’s search for solitude

Author Okechukwu Nzelu: ‘I’m interested in love stories that go far beyond boy meets girl’
Books

Author Okechukwu Nzelu: ‘I’m interested in love stories that go far beyond boy meets girl’

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Author Scott Anderson on the last CIA survivor of the Cold War
Books

Author Scott Anderson on the last CIA survivor of the Cold War

International Women’s Day: 50 feminist books to smash the patriarchy
Books

International Women’s Day: 50 feminist books to smash the patriarchy

How Henry Dunant, founder of the Red Cross, staged his own rehabilitation
Books

How Henry Dunant, founder of the Red Cross, staged his own rehabilitation

The Imposter by Silvina Ocampo review: A glorious, unexpected joy
Books

The Imposter by Silvina Ocampo review: A glorious, unexpected joy

The independent bookshops that launched in a pandemic
Bookshops

The independent bookshops that launched in a pandemic

Lemn Sissay: ‘It has been a hard journey at times, but it has also been a great one’
Culture

Lemn Sissay: ‘It has been a hard journey at times, but it has also been a great one’

The Kids by Hannah Lowe review: Poetry that sings from the page
Book reviews

The Kids by Hannah Lowe review: Poetry that sings from the page

Meet Earthling Ed, the vegan activist taking on the meat industry
Activism

Meet Earthling Ed, the vegan activist taking on the meat industry

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To Paradise by Hanya Yanagihara review: An evocative novel about echoes, cycles, and regrets
Book reviews

To Paradise by Hanya Yanagihara review: An evocative novel about echoes, cycles, and regrets

Love Marriage by Monica Ali review: A novel of immense brightness
Book review

Love Marriage by Monica Ali review: A novel of immense brightness

‘Evil’ or ‘planet struck’: How the curious ways we described deaths in the past shaped how we live now
Andrew Doig

‘Evil’ or ‘planet struck’: How the curious ways we described deaths in the past shaped how we live now

Monica Ali: ‘You have to have a core of self-belief to be a writer’
Letter To My Younger Self

Monica Ali: ‘You have to have a core of self-belief to be a writer’

The best indie books of the year 2021
Books of the Year

The best indie books of the year 2021

A Swim in a Pond in the Rain by George Saunders: The Big Issue Book of the Year 2021
Books of the Year

A Swim in a Pond in the Rain by George Saunders: The Big Issue Book of the Year 2021

The Big Issue’s best children’s books of the year
Books of the Year

The Big Issue’s best children’s books of the year

Book reviews: The Killing Hills and The Shadows of Men
Book Review

Book reviews: The Killing Hills and The Shadows of Men

Top 5 books about trans lives, chosen by Matt Bates
LGBTQI+

Top 5 books about trans lives, chosen by Matt Bates

My one-man mission to build a school – and keep a promise
Jordan Wylie

My one-man mission to build a school – and keep a promise

Top 5 books for rebel girls, chosen by Vivian French
Top 5 Books

Top 5 books for rebel girls, chosen by Vivian French

Book reviews: The Fell and The Selfless Act of Breathing
Book review

Book reviews: The Fell and The Selfless Act of Breathing

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