Books within books: the bestsellers we’ll never get to read

An author obsessed with an imaginary fiction, bodice-rippers in Stephen Kings Misery, the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy … why do writers love to write about writing? In David Quantick’s new fiction, All My Colors, Todd Milstead, a budding novelist with delusions of grandeur, a vastly inflated sense of his own talent and a photographic […]

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We, the Survivors by Tash Aw review- assassination in a world of injustice

A fearful young man carries out a seemingly random crime in this gripping and strangely moving novel From the very first page of Tash Aw‘s new fiction, the ghost of Albert Camus’s The Outsider is an virtually palpable presence. The detached tone of Aw’s first-person narrator, Ah Hock; the fleeting impressions of societal contradiction and […]

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Shodan Safari, where hackers heckle even worse devices put on the internet

If you leave something on the internet long enough, someone will hack it. The reality is that many device manufacturers make it far too easy by using default passwords that are widely documented, allowing anyone to log in as “admin” and snoop around. Often, there’s no password at all. Enter” Shodan Safari ,” a popular […]

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Dave Eggers:’ I always picture Trump hiding under a table’

The books interview: The Circle author talks about Facebook, why immigrants are not the enemy and his first novel for children I am attracted to purpose,” Dave Eggers says. People need it, he believes, and so do nations. Much of his fiction has reflected on the loss of an American sense of purpose, the decay […]

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Top 10 volumes for the broken-hearted

If Valentines Day is an unwelcome reminder of what has become of your love life, you can find solace at the bookshop. Here are 10 literary highlightings for the lovelorn Some relationships ebb away, petering to their aim. There is loneliness and ambivalence after this kind of breakup , no doubt. But there is another […]

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Pachinko by Min Jin Lee review- rich tale of the immigrant experience

A vivid, immersive multigenerational tale about life for Koreans in Japan is a narrative of resilience and poignant emotional conflict In the latter stages of Korean-American author Min Jin Lees patient, sprawling tale of a Korean household in Japan, Nobuo Ban, one of the novels principal characters, lets himself a few moments of reflection. He […]

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Here Arrives the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn review- the ailments of paradise

This debut novel defined among those who work Jamaican resorts reveals how much suffering and sacrifice is behind the beautifully kept rooms and beaches Jamaica is almost wholly dependent on its tourism industry, and when I visited there as an American holidaymaker a dark-skinned one I rapidly learned that whatever solidarity I felt between me […]

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Translating Agatha Christie into Icelandic: ‘One clue took 10 years’

Ragnar Jnasson explains how rendering the great English thriller writer into his own speech taught him how to write fiction himself I was 17 when I started working on my first Icelandic translation of an Agatha Christie novel. I had been reading her books for years and had already translated a few of her short […]

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