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Is Moby Dick too long? Should its editor have cut out the natural science on whales or long tracts on nautical engineering?
Where are you now and what can you see?
Sitting in my writing study gazing out at the Hollywood Hills, a profusion of palm trees and my gorgeous azure swimming pool.
Historical fiction round-up: Sherlock and a hefty dose of Nordic noir
Andrew Miller, novelist: 'DH Lawrence was a conversion experience'
Bill Richmond: The black boxer who wowed the court of George IV
Lewis Carroll photographed some of the biggest celebrities of his day
Justin Cartwright talks Man Booker prize and 'crooked' Mandela family