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Cancelling Kate Clanchy has blocked publication of our kids’ poems | Kate Clanchy

I am the (mixed-race) mother of one of the kids from diverse backgrounds that Kate Clanchy nurtured into creating “sometimes luminous” poetry (The...

Shock ending: how the Costa book awards changed reading – and pitted husband against wife | Books

Margaret Drabble was a bright young star with five novels to her name in 1971, when she was talked into joining her old...

If We Break review: Hunter Biden as horror husband and political problem | Books

Hunter Biden was a nasty husband. On top of his penchant for addiction and excess, verbal abuse littered his marriage to Kathleen Buhle....

A Likely Lad by Peter Doherty – an appetite for self-destruction | Autobiography and memoir

Peter Doherty had, for a period in the mid 00s, the kind of fame that made him recognisable even in silhouette. Like his...

Birdwatcher Mya-Rose Craig: ‘The nature sector is decades behind in terms of diversity’ | Autobiography and memoir

Mya-Rose Craig is a 20-year-old birdwatcher and activist who grew up in a village near Bristol. She has been a birder since birth...

I Heard What You Said by Jeffrey Boakye review – a lesson in everyday racism | Autobiography and memoir

Jeffrey Boakye draws on 15 years of experience as a secondary school teacher to tackle racism and inequality in Britain’s schools. His experience,...

The book that tore publishing apart: ‘Harm has been done, and now everyone’s afraid’ | Kate Clanchy

At the end of March, a book that had been condemned to die came back to life. There was no star-studded launch, and...

Sheila Hancock: ‘Don’t let them tell you you’re old’ | Sheila Hancock

When Sheila Hancock first sat down to begin writing her new memoir in 2016, the volume in question was intended to be an...

Swimming Home by Judy Cotton review – a mosaic memoir of a creative life | Autobiography and memoir

When Australian-born artist Judy Cotton was struck down by Lyme disease in the 1990s – having been bitten by a tick at her...

Floella Benjamin: ‘I’m Miss Optimist. I don’t let the bad things eat me up’ | Floella Benjamin

Floella Benjamin could not have picked a more apt venue for today’s interview. Her new autobiography is called What Are You Doing Here?...

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