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The best recent crime and thrillers – review roundup | Books

Murder Before Evensong by Richard Coles (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, £16.99)The first in a projected series from the pop star turned vicar and memoirist,...

The Young Accomplice by Benjamin Wood review – a tender tale of learning from mistakes | Fiction

“Was this how it was going to be for ever?” wonders Joyce Savigear, facing another afternoon of drudgery at EH Lacey’s department store...

Top 10 books about terrible jobs | Fiction

Terrible jobs are a staple of literature. But it is a somewhat loaded term inviting images of scrubbing toilets, cleaning vomit, etc, when,...

‘Queer, hilarious and full of joy’: the rise of LGBTQ+ romance fiction | Books

“I have read some really fantastic fiction about queer women, but I have quite often felt that it leans towards the slightly gloomier...

Talk to My Back by Yamada Murasaki review – feminist awakenings in 1980s Japan | Comics and graphic novels

How to describe Talk to My Back, a classic collection of graphic stories by alt-manga’s feminist star, Yamada Murasaki? These tales of thwarted-ness...

In brief: I’m Sorry You Feel That Way; The Rise and Reign of the Mammals; The Glitter in the Green – review | Books

Rebecca WaitRiverrun, £16.99, pp400Sisters Alice and Hanna have spent their lives negotiating the mercurial tendencies of their manipulative mother. Hanna has escaped abroad,...

Briefly, a Delicious Life by Nell Stevens review – on holiday with Chopin and George Sand | Fiction

Nell Stevens’s two works of nonfiction, Bleaker House and Mrs Gaskell & Me, are about her attempts to write, respectively, a novel and...

‘Can objects teach us about reality?’: Ruth Ozeki on her Women’s prize-winning novel | Ruth Ozeki

The first thing the Japanese American author Ruth Ozeki did the morning after winning the Women’s prize for fiction was meditate. “A very...

It’s Groundhog Day … again! Why TV can’t get enough of time-loops | Science fiction TV

A man keeps waking up on the same morning, over and over again. Is he going mad? Is he suffering a pesky case...

Top 10 forests in fiction | Fiction

Long before Dante found himself lost in a dark wood, forests have been put to metaphorical use by storytellers. They are perhaps the...

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