Top 5 empowering teen novels, chosen by YA author Rebecca Westcott
Empowered teen
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Top 5 empowering teen novels, chosen by YA author Rebecca Westcott

All Fours by Miranda July review – a shockingly original voice and a story for our times
All Fours by Miranda July
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All Fours by Miranda July review – a shockingly original voice and a story for our times

The Horse by Willy Vlautin review – funny, shocking and heartfelt contender for book of the year
The Horse by Willy Vlautin
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The Horse by Willy Vlautin review – funny, shocking and heartfelt contender for book of the year

Author Alexander McCall Smith: 'At 16 I took myself terrifically seriously. And no one else did'
Alexander McCall Smith
Letter To My Younger Self

Author Alexander McCall Smith: 'At 16 I took myself terrifically seriously. And no one else did'

Top 5 child characters in books, chosen by award-winning journalist Tom Lamont
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Top 5 child characters in books, chosen by award-winning journalist Tom Lamont

What the complex history of Cyprus can teach us about today's Europe 
Deposed Cypriot president Archbishop Makarios III meets the Labour government’s foreign secretary James Callaghan in London in 1974
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What the complex history of Cyprus can teach us about today's Europe 

Nero was emperor of Rome at just 16. Which of us would have done better?
Nero
Roman Empire

Nero was emperor of Rome at just 16. Which of us would have done better?

Question 7 by Richard Flanagan review – this literary quest is a transformative experience
Question 7 by Richard Flanagan
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Question 7 by Richard Flanagan review – this literary quest is a transformative experience

The Great White Bard by Farah Karim-Cooper review – a new way of seeing Shakespeare
The Great White Bard by Farah Karim-Cooper
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The Great White Bard by Farah Karim-Cooper review – a new way of seeing Shakespeare

Top 5 books on boxing, chosen by commentator Andy Clarke
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Top 5 books on boxing, chosen by commentator Andy Clarke

Parasol Against the Axe by Helen Oyeyemi review – electrifying, experimental writing
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Parasol Against the Axe by Helen Oyeyemi review – electrifying, experimental writing

The Hearing Test by Eliza Barry Callahan review – a droll insight into a year of loss
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The Hearing Test by Eliza Barry Callahan review – a droll insight into a year of loss

Top 5 books about the British seaside, chosen by crime writer William Shaw
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Top 5 books about the British seaside, chosen by crime writer William Shaw

The Other Valley by Scott Alexander Howard review – the moral conundrums of coming of age
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The Other Valley by Scott Alexander Howard review – the moral conundrums of coming of age

Fragile Animals by Genevieve Jagger review – a captivating and original gothic novel
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Fragile Animals by Genevieve Jagger review – a captivating and original gothic novel

From castle walls to Banksy: How graffiti has given us the writing on the wall throughout history
Graffiti

From castle walls to Banksy: How graffiti has given us the writing on the wall throughout history

Top 5 queer love stories, chosen by Justin Myers aka The Guyliner
Queer love: Two men standing under a rainbow umbrella in front of a field
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Top 5 queer love stories, chosen by Justin Myers aka The Guyliner

These Letters End in Tears by Musih Tedji Xaviere review – love in the face of hate
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These Letters End in Tears by Musih Tedji Xaviere review – love in the face of hate

From the highest mountain to the smelliest flower: This is why people are fascinated by the extreme
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From the highest mountain to the smelliest flower: This is why people are fascinated by the extreme

Heaven by Emerson Whitney review – a memoir with fearsome grace
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Heaven by Emerson Whitney review – a memoir with fearsome grace