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Zelensky: A Biography; Putin: His Life and Times reviews

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Volodymyr Zelenskiy is perhaps the closest thing to a mythical hero modern politics has to offer. Ukraine’s courageous wartime president captured the world’s imagination with his haunting, straight-to-camera monologue...

UK to make fake reviews illegal and tackle ‘subscription traps’

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Fake reviews are to be outlawed and consumers will have more chances to get out of subscriptions they do not want under a package of measures proposed by the UK government to stop people being ripped off online. Under...

In brief: Constable: A Portrait; Wivenhoe; The Enemy Within – reviews

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James HamiltonWeidenfeld & Nicolson, £25, pp472 This well researched and illuminating biography of the artist John Constable reclaims him from the chocolate-box conservatism to which he has been consigned. James H...

In brief: Stewkey Blues; Birds and Us; Lives of Houses – reviews

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DJ TaylorSalt Publishing, £9.99, pp176 Famed though it is for its flatness, Norfolk is a county of manifold aspects, many of which are captured in these sharp, subtle new stories by native son DJ Taylor. They all emer...

The best recent science fiction, fantasy and horror – reviews roundup

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Woman, Eating by Claire Kohda (Virago, £14.99)A young artist arrives in London for an internship at a prestigious gallery. Without enough money for another room, she plans to sleep on the floor of her unfurnished stud...

The best recent poetry – reviews roundup

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Bless the Daughter Raised by a Voice in Her Head by Warsan Shire (Chatto, £12.99)Shire’s first full-length collection builds on her much admired pamphlets Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth and Her Blue Body. Interg...

Losing Afghanistan; The Naked Don’t Fear the Water reviews – fickle allies and personal tragedies

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In cities such as Kabul, Herat and Bamyan, you feel a profound sense of shame when you see the after-effects of the west’s abandonment of Afghanistan: the long queues for food; the people persecuted and sometimes kill...

California reviews whether Tesla’s self-driving tests require oversight

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California is evaluating whether Tesla’s self-driving tests require regulatory oversight, following “videos showing a dangerous use of that technology” and federal investigations into Tesla vehicle crashes, a state re...

I want to be a wise, careful consumer – but useless online reviews have me stumped

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For environmental reasons, I want to be a better consumer. And also because I’m sick of buying crap. Buy less, buy better. But that’s much easier said than done. To be the wise, discerning consumer I want to be, I nee...

‘Cobwebs are more exciting’ – a dog reviews DOGTV

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After an hour of trying to cajole my dog Lyra into watching DOGTV – which launched in the UK and Europe this morning – I had some pressing questions: “What am I doing with my life?” and “why is this starting to feel l...

New Zealand cinema’s expletive-laden voicemail gets rave reviews

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An expletive-ridden voicemail recording, accidentally uploaded by a New Zealand cinema, is giving the nation a dose of cheer as it races to stamp out an outbreak of coronavirus. An employee of Movie Max Cinemas in th...

Fiction and nonfiction for older children – reviews

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Piers Torday and Kiran Millwood Hargrave probably need no introduction, having become potent voices in children’s books over the past few years. Both add compellingly to their shelf-space this summer. Best known for T...

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