A Ton of Malice by Barry McKinley review – a wild, funny debut
Friday, June 23, 2017
A daydreamer leaves small-town Ireland for sex and sin in 1979 London, living a life of drugs, scams and altercations in this entertaining autobiographical novel School should be a springboard to something, and so it proves for Barry McKinley. Pulled up for daydreaming, he resolves to leave Irela... .. read more..

Harry Potters gather in Bolton to smash Guinness World Record
Friday, June 23, 2017
Nearly 700 schoolchildren dressed as boy wizard work magic on 20th anniversary of Philosopher’s Stone release Nearly 700 children have broken the world record for the largest gathering of people dressed like Harry Potter, on the 20th anniversary of the publication of the first book in the series.... .. read more..

Historian pulls out of Chalke Valley festival over lack of diversity
Friday, June 23, 2017
Rebecca Rideal says she is pulling out of UK’s leading history event after learning that programme of 148 speakers has only 32 women and one person of colour Revolution and rebellion are a reliable fixture at the UK’s biggest history festival, but this year there is also some fierce contemporary ... .. read more..

Donald Winch obituary
Friday, June 23, 2017
Historian of economics keen to examine theories in their original contexts The market fundamentalism that has swept the Anglo-American world in recent decades likes to claim the 18th-century Scottish political economist Adam Smith as its intellectual godfather. But as Donald Winch, who has died a... .. read more..

Why Iran has 16 different translations of one Khaled Hosseini novel
Friday, June 23, 2017
Lack of copyright has filled a nation of very keen readers with multiple versions of foreign books – doing artistic as well as financial damage to writers If JD Salinger could see what was on the shelves in Iranian bookshops, he would turn in his grave. The Inverted Forest, a 1947 novella that he... .. read more..

Atwood, Ishiguro and McEwan come clean about Jane Austen
Friday, June 23, 2017
Margaret Atwood, Kazuo Ishiguro and Ian McEwan have created revealing handwritten homages about the novelist for a charity auction An auction of handwritten homages by famous writers, to raise funds for the Royal Society of Literature, is about to reveal just what modern novelists think of Jane A... .. read more..

The best recent crime novels – review roundup
Friday, June 23, 2017
Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips; The Night Visitor by Lucy Atkins; Strange Magic by Syd Moore; Love Like Blood by Mark Billingham; Block 46 by Johana Gustawsson Gin Phillips’s Fierce Kingdom (Doubleday, £12.99) begins at closing time in a zoo in an unnamed American city, where Joan is trying to hu... .. read more..

Round it Up at Village Books and Paper Dreams
Friday, June 23, 2017
I would really like to think of myself as a charitable person. My parents raised me to help those in need and give when I can. But the truth is, I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve given to a charitable organization. And I’m not counting ... .. read more..

What I Read: May 2017 | Recommendations for Books to Read
Friday, June 23, 2017
Happy summer!! I feel like there are two different reading philosophies most people have during the summer: Hooray for summer reading! I’ll finally have time in my busy schedule to catch up on my must-read list. Whoa, summer is busy! I’m so go, go, go ... .. read more..

15 great books for the summer
Friday, June 23, 2017
Sitting in a lounge chair with a gin and tonic in one hand, you know what you want to be holding in the other. That's right, a book. Hard cover. Soft cover. Kindle. No matter. And you know what you want that book to be: entertaining (No. 1), moving (No ... .. read more..

Lynsey Hanley: ‘Housing inequality kills’
Friday, June 23, 2017
After the Grenfell Tower tragedy, the author of Estates argues for a radical overhaul of housing policy I have long believed in the necessity for radical housing reform, and the events of recent weeks have only proved its fundamental urgency. After Labour’s increased vote on a clear social-democr... .. read more..

Fremont students donate books to Beach Park school
Friday, June 23, 2017
First-graders at Fremont Elementary School in Mundelein recently packed up 500 books that they are donating to a school that can't afford to purchase many books for its students. Students collected gently-used books from home and purchased new books from ... .. read more..

Tell us: What books does your high school want you to read this summer?
Friday, June 23, 2017
Don't miss a story. Like us on Facebook. Like Dallas News' Facebook Page Officially, summer has only just begun, but before you know it, talk will turn to students heading back to school. Students, have you cracked open your assigned summer reading yet? .. read more..

A museum honoring American writers opens in Chicago. But where are the books?
Friday, June 23, 2017
CHICAGO — Stop us if you’ve heard this one before. An Irish former trade association head, a German lawyer and a native-born business executive, all residents of Washington and not an author among them, decide to create a museum dedicated to American ... .. read more..

13 books every jobseeker should read
Friday, June 23, 2017
Job searches are time-intensive, stressful, and often frustrating. And, whether you're just starting out in your career or making a transition, odds are there's some part of the job search process that's at least a little mystifying. From interviewing to ... .. read more..

Rubbish Theory: The Creation and Destruction of Value by Michael Thompson rev...
Friday, June 23, 2017
A witty and wide-ranging study of the value of items from status symbol to rubbish, from being worthless to becoming valuable again This updated edition of the classic 1979 study contains two new chapters, contextualising and extending Thompson’s groundbreaking theoretical work into the idea that... .. read more..

Best-Selling Books Week Ended June 18
Friday, June 23, 2017
Hardcover Nonfiction TITLE AUTHOR / PUBLISHER THIS WEEK LAST WEEK Understanding Trump 1 New Newt Gingrich/Center Street Al Franken, Giant of the Senate 2 2 Al Franken/Twelve Astrophysics for People in a Hurry 3 3 Neil deGrasse Tyson/W.W. Norton & Company ... .. read more..

The other page: the books you should take to Glastonbury
Friday, June 23, 2017
You’ve packed the wellies and the wet wipes – but which titles should accompany them in your rucksack? Let’s not tempt fate, but at the time of writing, this year’s Glastonbury looks set to be a relatively sun-soaked experience, very different from the mixture of Brexit misery and mud that charac... .. read more..

Essayism by Brian Dillon review – pure creativity on the page
Friday, June 23, 2017
Full of appreciation for such essayists as William Gass, Elizabeth Hardwick and Georges Perec, Dillon has written a vital exploration of a genre It is a critical commonplace to begin an essay about essays with etymology. Essay: noun, from the French essayer , verb, to try. Next is the requisite h... .. read more..

The Cut by Anthony Cartwright review – the big divide in Brexit Britain
Friday, June 23, 2017
Black Country ex-boxer meets Hampstead documentary-maker – a novella sharply captures two opposing standpoints in the EU debate If any decade could be described as low and dishonest, it’s surely the present one. First the Brexit vote, then Trump, and just recently an unnecessary and profligate ge... .. read more..

Novel recipes: Rock cakes from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
Friday, June 23, 2017
With the 20th anniversary of JK Rowling’s first book looming, Kate Young bakes a batch of rock cakes – hopefully better than the ones Hagrid feeds to Harry... Scroll down to read the recipe ‘This is Ron,’ Harry told Hagrid, who was pouring boiling water into a large teapot and putting rock cakes ... .. read more..

Sami Shah on Islam, Australia and being a 'serial blasphemer'
Friday, June 23, 2017
In a new book the Pakistan-born comedian who grew up as a Muslim and became an atheist takes on the ‘atrocious’ debate about Islam in Australia, complaining that critics and supporters are ‘shouting the same one-liners at each other’ Born in Pakistan as the child of Muslim parents, Islam buzzed a... .. read more..

John Green to publish his first book since 'The Fault in Our Stars'
Thursday, June 22, 2017
It’s been more than five years in the making, but John Green ’s follow-up to his beloved 2012 novel, “The Fault in Our Stars,” is finally becoming a reality. Penguin Young Readers announced the upcoming release of “Turtles All the Way Down,” Green’s new novel, scheduled for publication on Oct. 10... .. read more..

You may have Amazon credits, but you need to spend them fast
Thursday, June 22, 2017
The good news is: You may have credits waiting for you in your Amazon account. Hello, Amazon wishlist! The bad news is: You have only until Saturday to use them. They’re there in the first place because Apple and five major publishing houses — Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin and Simon... .. read more..

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