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Top 5 books about the prison system, chosen by Andy West
Top 5 books

Top 5 books about the prison system, chosen by Andy West

Writer Andy West teaches philosophy in prison. He also has personal experience of life on the inside, as his father, uncle and brother all spent time in jail. He has written a memoir on the subject, and selects here five books about punishment, redemption and progress in the penal system

Top 5 books about twins, chosen by LV Matthews
Top 5 books

Top 5 books about twins, chosen by LV Matthews

Ahead of the publication of her latest novel, author LV Matthews selects five books that feature twins

Richard Osman: ‘The Bullet That Missed isn’t the end for the Thursday Murder Club’
Books

Richard Osman: ‘The Bullet That Missed isn’t the end for the Thursday Murder Club’

The third book in Richard Osman’s Thursday Murder Club series comes out this week. He tells us there are still many adventures ahead

Think you could lead a country? Here’s a guide to creating your own micronation
Books

Think you could lead a country? Here’s a guide to creating your own micronation

The Atlas of Vanishing Places records a world whose wonders are at risk
Environment

The Atlas of Vanishing Places records a world whose wonders are at risk

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Why I mapped the whole of Scotland by hand
Books

Why I mapped the whole of Scotland by hand

Book reviews: The Second Cut and The Anomaly
Book reviews

Book reviews: The Second Cut and The Anomaly

Top 5 books about musicians, chosen by the late Mark Lanegan
Top 5 Books

Top 5 books about musicians, chosen by the late Mark Lanegan

Louise Pentland: ‘I definitely parent differently because I have lost a parent’
Parenting

Louise Pentland: ‘I definitely parent differently because I have lost a parent’

What it’s like to grow up gay, Muslim and afraid
LGBTQ+

What it’s like to grow up gay, Muslim and afraid

Laura Bates on the #MeToo backlash: ‘The idea that men are the victims now is nonsense’
Social Justice

Laura Bates on the #MeToo backlash: ‘The idea that men are the victims now is nonsense’

How church, state and monarchy are inextricably bound
Books

How church, state and monarchy are inextricably bound

Life as a midwife aid worker: ‘Plagued by vivid dreams of the patients I felt I had failed’
Books

Life as a midwife aid worker: ‘Plagued by vivid dreams of the patients I felt I had failed’

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Being deaf is no tragedy – it’s one of my greatest strengths
Books

Being deaf is no tragedy – it’s one of my greatest strengths

I was an Old Bailey judge. Here’s what really goes on in court
Books

I was an Old Bailey judge. Here’s what really goes on in court

Music biz legend Barbara Charone lifts the lid on an incredible career
Music

Music biz legend Barbara Charone lifts the lid on an incredible career

Chris and Rosie Ramsey: ‘If I get a laugh out of you, I’ll tell you anything’
comedy

Chris and Rosie Ramsey: ‘If I get a laugh out of you, I’ll tell you anything’

The left’s blind spot: London and regional inequality
Sam Bright

The left’s blind spot: London and regional inequality

Skint: the BBC’s new series of monologues are informed by lived experience of poverty
TV

Skint: the BBC’s new series of monologues are informed by lived experience of poverty

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

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

We must diversify the books taught in our classrooms
Zaahida Nabagereka

We must diversify the books taught in our classrooms

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’

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