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  • Rachel Kushner meets Nicola Sturgeon: ‘I'm so glad I'm a novelist and not a politician’

    The Scottish first minister and the author discuss the power of stories, US politics and prisons One might imagine that the duties and responsibilities of the office of first minister of Scotland would preclude much time for hinterland. But anyone who follows Nicola Sturgeon’s Saturday night Twitter feed, detailing her weekly reading, will be aware that this is a woman who devours books. Her recommendations may range from crime to rediscovered feminist classics, but her passion is clear and...

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  • Sequel rights and wrongs: why some stories should be allowed to end

    It makes sense to continue The Handmaid’s Tale in the Trump era, but going back to Call Me By Your Name risks ruining the first book (for which there are spoilers here) While Luca Guadagnino’s 2017 film of Call Me By Your Name ended with lovers Elio and Oliver parting ways on the phone, André Aciman’s novel showed us what happened next. Throughout the book, the torment of erotic obsession builds slowly, with Elio experiencing all the agonies and ecstasies of a first serious crush as he worries...

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  • Top 10 books about the seasons

    A writer who has swapped city life for sheep farming chooses reading attuned to the year’s cycles, from Rachel Cusk to Marcel Proust My book On Sheep: Diary of a Swedish Shepherd is a memoir about my move away from an urban life as a literary academic to work on a remote rural sheep farm. Suddenly, the seasons became much more than dull weather reports on the radio or the cause for delays in my commute. When I became a novice shepherd, the seasons transformed into acute physical sensations;...

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  • There’s more to this bad fiction than bad sex – between the lines is privilege

    Only a famous white man could get away with publishing a book as dreadful as Katerina, James Frey’s Bad Sex Award winner When in competition with a book that likens a vagina to a “enamelled pepper mill”, perhaps one doesn’t expect to win the Bad Sex in Fiction award – yet this is where James Frey finds himself, having won on Monday night for his novel Katerina. Given the critical response to Katerina, it might be the only prize the book will win. In his review for the Observer, Alexander Larman...

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  • André Aciman announces sequel to Call Me By Your Name

    Author of the novel behind Oscar-winning romance says he will return to story of Elio and Oliver, after the director revealed his own plans for a follow-up film André Aciman has revealed that he is writing a sequel to his bestselling novel Call Me By Your Name, which was adapted into an Oscar-winning film starring Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer. A coming-of-age story detailing the poignant summer romance between teenager Elio and the slightly older Oliver, a graduate student who visits...

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  • James Frey wins bad sex in fiction award for 'dubious' Katerina

    US author’s ‘fictional retelling’ of a Paris love affair is the winner from all-male shortlist Years after gaining notoriety for embellishing parts of his memoir A Million Little Pieces, the US author James Frey has a new notch in his bedpost: the 2018 bad sex in fiction award. Seeing off competition from an all-male shortlist that included Haruki Murakami and the Man Booker prize-nominated Gerard Woodward, Frey won for his novel Katerina, a “fictional retelling” of a love affair the author...

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  • Review: ‘Hearts of the Missing’ is a baffling mystery

    ‘Hearts of the Missing’ demonstrates enough promise to justify author Carol Potenza’s plan for a series of Nicky Matthews novels
  • Sally Rooney: ‘I don’t respond to authority very well’

    As her second novel, Normal People, is named book of the year, the 27-year-old Irish literary sensation talks about sudden fame, and why her characters don’t fit into contemporary patterns of sexual politics Among the advice traditionally handed out to newbie writers are two classic injunctions: write what you know, and go out into the world to find out more. Sally Rooney, by her own admission, has observed the former to the exclusion of the latter. “I’ve never attempted to write from the...

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  • Guardian best books of 2018: across fiction, politics, food and more

    From Brexit satires to time-travelling murder mysteries and a former first lady’s wry observations on life in the White House, our critics pick the best novels, poetry, sports and children’s books of the year Continue reading...

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  • Title bout: author alleges plagiarism, then retracts

    In a literary title bout, romance novelist Nora Roberts had a few words for fellow author Tomi Adeyemi
  • Haruki Murakami and James Frey lead all-male shortlist for bad sex award

    Annual prize intended to show up the worst sexual description in fiction singles out some famous names for a second time – but no womenBad sex award 2018: the contenders in quotesFemale authors have managed to avoid including bad sex scenes in their novels this year – at least according to the Literary Review, which has announced an all-male shortlist for that least-coveted of literary prizes, the Bad sex in fiction award. Haruki Murakami, often named as a contender for the Nobel prize, makes...

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  • Bad sex award 2018: the contenders in quotes

    Extravagant metaphors are indecently exposed in the shortlist for the Literary Review’s annual showcase of ‘outstandingly bad’ erotic writingHaruki Murakami and James Frey lead all-male shortlist for bad sex award“Empty my tanks,” I’d begged breathlessly, as once more she began drawing me deep inside her pleasure cave. Her vaginal ratchet moved in concertina-like waves, slowly chugging my organ as a boa constrictor swallows its prey. Soon I was locked in, balls deep, ready to be ground down by...

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  • Margaret Atwood is right to have the last word on The Handmaid’s Tale

    News of a sequel has divided fans, but better this than letting the TV adaptation decide Offred’s fate Praise be! The news that Margaret Atwood is to write a sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale has been greeted enthusiastically by fans, to judge by the response on Twitter, where the prize for most obvious gag must go to Stephen Colbert, who said: “Margaret Atwood is writing a sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, and Donald Trump is almost finished with the prequel.” Related: Margaret Atwood announces The...

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  • Sarah Waters: ‘Angela Carter's The Bloody Chamber was like nothing I’d read before’

    The author on discovering Carter’s fairytales as a teenager, enjoying Proust, and her introduction to kinky historical fiction The book I am currently readingI’ve just reread, with enormous pleasure, Alan Sillitoe’s Saturday Night and Sunday Morning; a great companion to it has been Richard Vinen’s study of postwar British conscription, National Service. And I’m about to start Guy Gunaratne’s In Our Mad and Furious City. The book that changed my life Angela Carter’s collection of rewritten...

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  • Night of Camp David: the return of a 1965 book about an insane president

    Referenced by Rachel Maddow and Bob Woodward, a pulpy thriller about a commander-in-chief losing command of reality is receiving a timely rerelease “Nobody in this country can tell a president of the United States that his mind is sick.” That’s the blunt assessment of the defense secretary in Night of Camp David, a political thriller from 1965 that stands to be rescued from an undeserved obscurity by its republication this month. The coal-black front cover of the new edition is unadorned apart...

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