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Move over David Walliams … the hunt is on to diversify children’s books

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A programme that aims to tackle the lack of diversity in children’s books has been launched after its founder said the practice of richer authors paying for support to get published was “skewing the landscape” for aut...

Charlie and Lola author Lauren Child says children’s books should be taken seriously

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Charlie and Lola creator Lauren Child is calling for attitudes towards children’s books to change, criticising the “lazy” assumption that “creating work with children in mind is easier or less demanding”. The former c...

Young adult books round-up – review

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One of the standout young adult series of the past 20 years reaches its conclusion in Malorie Blackman’s Endgame (Penguin, £7.99). The series began in 2001 with Noughts & Crosses and, six novels and three novellas...

Senator and congressman condemn Amazon for promoting anti-vaxxer books

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American senator Elizabeth Warren has accused Amazon of “peddling misinformation about Covid-19 vaccines and treatments” through its search and bestseller algorithms, after the online retail giant pushed a book by an ...

The best books about islands, from Wide Sargasso Sea to Dark Matter

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Islands have obsessed authors for years. Something about observing society in miniature, surrounded by sea, is inescapably satisfying to write – and even more so to read. Again and again, I turn to books set on pieces...

Can ‘smart thinking’ books really give you the edge?

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The world out there can often seem as though it is hurtling to hell in a handcart: people are refusing safe vaccines for a dangerous disease, extreme weather events caused by global heating are on TV nightly, billiona...

Top 10 books about family life

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Uncomplicated, happy families are not to be found in most books – no more than in most homes. Family life is messy. Try getting several people into a car, or through an airport, and you’ll know how quickly family dram...

The best books about the post-human Earth

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We humans have a profound impact on the world around us. Bob Paine, the groundbreaking American ecologist, once described us as a “hyperkeystone” species: our actions affect the lives and habitats of other creatures m...

From The Outsiders to Cloudstreet: the best working-class books

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I grew up in a southern seaside town. No dad on the scene. No money, but the beach at the end of the road. When I was a kid I knew I wanted to be a writer, but writers didn’t come from where I came from. Then I read a...

Fraser-Pryce leads charge with women’s 100m on fast track to record books

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When the question came, shortly after Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce had eased through her 100m heat in a time so jaw-droppingly fast it would have won silver at the 2016 Rio Olympics, the Jamaican world champion did not fli...

Top 10 books about Sicily

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For decades, articles about Sicily were invariably accompanied by grim, black and white images of bloodied streets and exploded cars. The island was synonymous with Cosa Nostra, whose violent rule eclipsed all else. O...

The Kennys v the record books: Tokyo calls for Team GB’s golden couple

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It will be one of the key contests of the Tokyo Games: British cycling’s “golden couple”, Laura and Jason Kenny, versus the record books. Laura is already Britain’s most successful women’s Olympian, on four gold medal...

‘A madman with millions of followers’: what the new Trump books tell us

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This week, the Guardian reported that what are assessed to be leaked Kremlin documents describe Donald Trump as an “impulsive, mentally unstable and unbalanced individual”. Vladimir Putin, the documents say, therefore...

Louis Oosthuizen enters Open record books on fine Friday night

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For a Friday evening spell, as shadows lengthened and flags sat limp on the Kent coast, it became a question of how many players Louis Oosthuizen could knock out of the 149th Open Championship. The unflappable South A...

Top 10 books about the aftermath of empire

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All the courses I chose for my history degree related to empire. The first was a whistle-stop tour, one empire a week, starting with the Portuguese. A later course on decolonisation was so unpopular, the lectures were...

Goosebumps author RL Stine: ‘The only lesson in my books is to run’

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Author Robert Lawrence Stine was born in Columbus, Ohio in 1943. In 1978, he started writing humour books for children under the name Jovial Bob Stine before turning to horror. His phenomenally successful Goosebumps s...

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