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  1. The Unravelling

    When Emma Sky, an intrepid young British woman, volunteered to help rebuild Iraq after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein, she had little idea what she was letting herself in for. It was only supposed to last three months but instead spanned a...

    Digital - 18.05.16

  2. Nine Lives: In Search of the Sacred in Modern India (Bloomsbury Publishing)

    A Buddhist monk takes up arms to resist the Chinese invasion of Tibet - then spends the rest of his life trying to atone for the violence by hand printing the best prayer flags in India. A Jain nun tests her powers of detachment as she watches...

    Digital - 18.05.16

  3. Shortlisted author Alison Light on publicity and prizes

    ... future. Will it still be read in five, ten, let alone twenty years’ time? Will it be re-read?   Alison Light is author of  ...

    Digital - 20.05.16

  4. Helen Macdonald and her encounter with a wild hawk

    ... somehow like a twist of hairs caught on barbed wire. The years collapsed in an instant. The world was all hawk. It made me smile. And as ...

    Digital - 20.05.16

  5. Diana Vreeland: Empress of Fashion (Thames and Hudson)

    Diana Vreeland reinvented the way we think about style and where we go to find it. As an editor, curator and wit, she made a lasting mark and remains an icon for generations of fashion lovers. ...

    Digital - 18.05.16

  6. H is For Hawk by Helen Macdonald wins 2014 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction

    ... that a female author has won the prize in two consecutive years. Lucy Hughes-Hallett was winner of the 2013 prize for her book The Pike ...

    Digital - 20.05.16

  7. Antony Beevor - 'Why the writing of History had to change'

    ... affairs. I think it will take historians another fifty years before they will be able to assess with any accuracy whether these huge ...

    Digital - 20.05.16

  8. Mary Beard on how to judge a book prize

    ... 1066 and all that if the prize had existed all those years ago. Gender comes in too, of course.  It’s impossible not to ...

    Digital - 20.05.16

  9. Extract from Caroline Moorehead’s 'Village of Secrets: Defying the Nazis in Vichy France' published by Chatto & Windus

    ... many believed to have vanished for ever in the post-Dreyfus years, was suddenly turning out to have merely gone underground. The words of ...

    Digital - 30.05.16