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The best summer reads: 90 books chosen by 40 literary luminaries

From Harper Lee to Hilary Mantel, and poetry to  parallel universes, here’s a holiday library of unmissable books chosen by authors, critics, publishers and more

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Explore literary Ireland: From WB Yeats' Drumcliffe to James Joyce's Dublin

The landscape, people and culture have inspired writers such as Yeats – born 150 years ago this Saturday – for centuries

Safe like this

Safety posters from the golden age of accident prevention: Have we lost the art of communication at a cost of countless lives?

Simon Usborne uncovers the poignant personal story that inspired the collection in a new book.

The Top Ten: Phrases that don’t mean what people think

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Shining: Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw in ‘Sex and the City’, in 1999

Killing Monica: Sex and the City creator Candace Bushnell's dark new novel has a familiar feel

There is no mention of Carrie in the book, but the plot rings bells

Kate Grenville, Australian writer, on May 28, 2015 in London, United Kingdom.

Kate Grenville interview: finding a microcosm of the past century in ‘women’s work’

The award-winning Australian novelist talks about her latest book One Life: My Mother’s Story

The longlist for the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction included three authors who had been longlisted for the Prize before

Baileys Prize 2015: Why we sadly still need women-only book prizes

Why does having a vagina still matter in publishing? Because women's voices are not being heard

Bruce Robinson: Creator of Withnail and I on his new book about Jack the Ripper

The deaths of London prostitutes are commonly pinned on a toff in a top hat - but Bruce Robinson has a new theory about the killer’s identity

Front cover of Fight Club 2 comic book, drawn by Cameron Stewart, story by Chuck Palahniuk

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The Novel Cure: Literary prescriptions for working with your friends

Inoculate against your friendship unravelling with Robin Sloan's digitally savvy story of a 21st-century quest

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London International Antiquarian Book Fair: original letters from Orwell and Carroll reveal lots about the famed authors

A Plaintive letter from Lewis Carroll that is a masterclass in self-exculpation

Bright lights, big city: Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles by dusk

Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles: How author foretold the Californian water crisis

Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles is a parched, polluted paradise, where flora and fauna are being destroyed by urban sprawl. As the Californian drought continues, Rhys Griffiths examines an early, and unlikely, environmentalist

Jenny Erpenbeck: 'You get a feeling of how it is to be in the shadows'

Independent Foreign Fiction prize: Winner Jenny Erpenbeck finds beauty in Berlin

Erpenbeck won the prize for her novel The End of Days, and shared the £10,000 award with translator Susan Bernofsky

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