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Two Trees Make a Forest by Jessica J. Lee

  We are delighted to share the beautiful cover for Jessica J. Lee’s new book, Two Trees Make a Forest: On Memory, Migration and Taiwan.   Part-nature writing, part-biography and beautifully written, Two Trees Make a […]

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Five Feminist Things I’m Excited About Right Now.

By Deborah Frances-White   Emilia: This West End play is the story of Emilia Lanier, the first female professional poet in England. She’s my Elizabethan pin-up and girl crush. A hilarious call to arms that’ll […]

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Julia Bueno shares 5 books to read for Maternal Health Awareness Week

Torn in Two: The Experience of Maternal Ambivalence by Rozsika Parker The vacillation of love and hate that many women feel toward their children is an unspoken subject that feeds maternal shame. This is a […]

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Five Unsung Heroines by Sonia Purnell

  Clementine Churchill ‘The history of Winston Churchill, and the history of the world, would have been very different without Clementine Churchill,’ declared Churchill’s chief-of-staff, General Ismay Hastings, after the war. That sums up this […]

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Q&A with Margaret Atwood

  Fresh from receiving the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade at the Frankfurt Book Fair and the Franz Kafka award in Prague, Margaret Atwood can now look forward to a brilliant six part […]

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Lara Thompson on winning the first Virago/The Pool New Crime Writer Award

  Lara Thompson talks Vietnamese food, secret writing and how it felt to win the first ‘Virago/The Pool New Crime Writer Award’.   I was in my favourite Vietnamese restaurant, alone, with a spring roll […]

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Meet the winner of Virago/The Pool’s New Crime Writer Award

  Meet the winner of Virago/The Pool’s New Crime Writer Award And read an extract from the 1930s Manhattan-set detective story that won lecturer Lara Thompson a book deal   By Lily Peschardt – originally published on The […]

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Helen Stevenson on Music and Love Like Salt

  Helen Stevenson on Music and Love Like Salt If I said I was a musician to a taxi driver I know they’d glance in the mirror and say: ‘Classical?’ I’d prefer it if they […]

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My Top 5 travel pieces by Lesley Blanch

  A Londoner by birth, Lesley Blanch spent the greater part of her life travelling about those remote areas her books record so vividly. She left England in 1946, never to return except as a […]

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Marilynne Robinson and Barack Obama in conversation

Robinson has plumbed the depths of the human spirit in her trilogy of novels – Pulitzer Prize-winning Gilead, Orange-Prize winning Home and National Book Critics Circle Award-winning Lila – and in her moving essay collection When I […]

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Read an extract from Darling Days

Her Chapter 1 Babygirl’s Gun  13 Third Avenue, New York City, 1982   She said he gave her the little gun because it was classy and elegant, like her. A feminine twist of metal and […]

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Travels with my Aunt: an exclusive author piece from Virginia Baily, author of Early One Morning

Virginia Baily, author of Early One Morning, pays tribute to the woman who inspired her love of Rome. My aunt Paula, who is also my godmother and is only 13 years and 7 months older […]

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