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Fiction for older children – reviews

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Saving a bear, saving a mother – or others like you, or the world: children’s literature would be bereft without quest narratives. In her middle years fiction debut, journalist Amy Raphael plunges the reader into the ...

The best recent science fiction and fantasy – reviews roundup

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Skyward Inn by Aliya Whiteley (Solaris, £14.99) combines an intriguing, character-driven plot with great splashes of science fictional weirdness. The novel grips from the start, exploring with deceptive simplicity iss...

Google criticised for failing to remove antisemitic Auschwitz reviews

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Google has said it “must do better” at removing what campaigners called “sickening” and “grotesque” antisemitic content following an investigation by the Guardian. More than 150 antisemitic comments were discovered on...

The Impossible Office?; The British Prime Minister in an Age of Upheaval reviews – power failures at No 10

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Two timely books – by Anthony Seldon and Mark Garnett – make us think about what it takes to be a successful prime minister, and why so few have been up to the jobFreshly installed as prime minister, Boris Johnson ret...

In brief: The World Before Us; Cunning Women; When Time Stopped – reviews

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Tom HighamViking, £20, pp296 It is received wisdom that humanity is descended from the Neanderthals, and that they were the only prehistoric humanoid race. As archaeology professor Tom Higham convincingly argues in t...

The Kidnapping Club and A Shot in the Moonlight reviews – slavery’s long shadow

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History is seldom neat. Two books, one on antebellum New York and the other on 1890s Kentucky, illustrate the tension, showing despicable behavior relieved by the stalwart courage of a few. New York had a long histor...

In brief: Fifty Sounds, The Sunken Land Begins to Rise Again, This One Sky Day – reviews

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Polly BartonFitzcarraldo Editions, £12.99, pp360 Learning a new language is one thing, but immersing your entire self in an unknown – perhaps unknowable – culture is something entirely braver. In Barton’s revelatory ...

My pandemic comfort? Google reviews. They can be as compelling as any TV drama

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Human connection can often be found where you least expect it. Google Maps, started as a straightforward navigation tool, has become in recent years an unlikely treasure trove of humour and intrigue. With many busines...

In brief: Leave the World Behind; The Breakup Monologues; Diving for Pearls – reviews

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Rumaan AlamBloomsbury, £8.99, pp256 With all the trappings of a crime drama – mysterious strangers knock on the door and threaten to upend a family holiday – Alam’s fascinating novel throws the kitchen sink at genre ...

In brief: The Cure for Good Intentions; Widowland; The Moth and the Mountain – reviews

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Sophie HarrisonFleet, £16.99, pp271 Switching career from editor to doctor is rare, but as Sophie Harrison says in her memoir, there are a surprising number of skills that can be used in both professions. Each requir...

Amazon blames social media for struggle with fake reviews

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Amazon has blamed social media companies for its failure to remove fake reviews from its website, arguing that bad actors turn to social networks to buy and sell fake reviews outside the reach of its own technology. T...

Amazon and Google investigated by UK regulator over fake reviews

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Amazon and Google are to be investigated by the UK competition watchdog over concerns the tech companies have not done enough to tackle the widespread problem of fake reviews on their websites. The Competition and Mar...

In brief: Black Water Sister; Mr Wilder & Me; Teach Yourself to Sleep – reviews

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Zen ChoPan Macmillan, £14.99, pp384 In this fresh take on the ghost story set in modern-day Penang in Malaysia, London-based fantasy writer Zen Cho blends supernatural events with family trauma. While gods and gangst...

King’s College in Cambridge reviews its ban on wild swimming

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A Cambridge University college has signalled a climbdown in its ban on wild swimming by stating it will not be prosecuting anyone who swims responsibly in the Cam. King’s College has also promised a review after the b...

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