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'Pictures of perfection make me sick and wicked,' Jane Austen wrote to her niece Fanny Knight a few months before she died. Yet most traditional accounts of Austen's life ...

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David Nokes presents a gripping and authoritative portrait of Swift in his multifarious roles as satirist, politician, churchman and friend. Drawing on the most recent scholarship, he seeks in particular ...

Thomas Wyatt was the first modern voice in English poetry. Revered at the court of Henry VIII, his poetry held a mirror to its secret, capricious world, alluding darkly to ...

The Time by the Sea is about Ronald Blythe's life in Aldeburgh during the 1950s. He had originally come to the Suffolk coast as an aspiring young writer, but ...

John Carey, English professor at Oxford, controversial commentator, book critic and beekeeper, reflects on a life immersed in literature, from grammar school beginnings to the Oxford establishment.

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'Making software gave me a little jolt of joy each time a piece of code worked ... the world fell away, my body vanished, time receded ... You can slam this pleasure ...

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With The Song of the Flea (1948) Gerald Kersh revisited the demi-monde of his famous Night And The City; but this novel concerns a writer, striving doggedly to make his ...

Having recalled his life through the story of his physical self in Winter Journal, internationally acclaimed novelist Paul Auster now remembers the experience of his development from within, through the ...

Marianne Moore (1887­-1972) has been heralded as America's greatest poet of the modernist movement. Her volume Collected Poems won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize in ...

Six Bad Poets is a farce-in-verse by Christopher Reid, following the exploits and mishaps of a group of poets, whose destinies are more intimately connected than they themselves can know ...

You think it will never happen to you, that it cannot happen to you, that you are the only person in the world to whom none of these things will ...

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On the strength of novels such as Futility and The Polyglots, William Gerhardie was hailed as the most brilliant writer of the 1920s, admired by Graham Greene, Evelyn Waugh, Olivia ...

The publication of Edna O'Brien's memoir is one of the major literary events of the season. Born in Ireland in 1930 and driven into exile after publication of ...

The Time by the Sea is about Ronald Blythe's life in Aldeburgh during the 1950s. He had originally come to the Suffolk coast as an aspiring young writer, but ...

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Her looks attracted Cecil Beaton and the principal painters of the day. Among her friends were Aldous Huxley, T.S. Eliot, and Gertrude Stein. She rebuffed Wyndham Lewis and ardently ...

Paul Auster & J M Coetzee

Although Paul Auster and J. M. Coetzee had been reading each other's books for years, the two writers did not meet until February 2008. Not long after, Auster received ...

Paul Auster & J M Coetzee

Although Paul Auster and J. M. Coetzee had been reading each other's books for years, the two writers did not meet until February 2008. Not long after, Auster received ...

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‘This lively biography reveals a passionate woman who was painfully aware of the difficulties of living as a writer and as a wife and mother.’ The Times

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In Summer 2010 Simon Armitage decided to walk the Pennine Way. The challenging 256-mile route is usually approached from south to north, from Edale in the Peak District to Kirk ...

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'This richly enjoyable biography of the great Victorian novelist reminds us how truly revolutionary was George Eliot ... [Ashton] provides luminously sane readings of the marvellous novels.' A. N. Wilson, Evening ...

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