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Jamie Oliver

I’d fork out to see Jamie Oliver degunge his griddle

It is clear that in the history of TV chefery nobody else has ever washed up

Professor Gina Rippon

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Sorry is the hardest word: Doctors given a dressing down

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The Zone Of Interest by Martin Amis - book review

Towards the end of The Zone of Interest are three statements that snag the attention and perhaps explain what the novel, Amis’s 14th, is about. The last comes in the acknowledgements, where Amis accepts that “tens of thousands of volumes” of history cannot begin to explain why the Holocaust happened, and quotes WG Sebald: “No serious person ever thinks of anything else.” Another comes in a sort-of epilogue, the “Aftermath”, in which our hero (or the closest we get to one), Golo, is shouted at in German, and “vaguely and confusedly wonder[s] if the story of National Socialism could have unfolded in any other language”. Before that, one of the most tragic characters in modern fiction, Szmul, tries to record his own story. He writes: “I need something more than words.”

Novelist Martin Amis at The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival

The Zone of Interest by Martin Amis, book review: Amis’ best book in years

The futility – and importance – of writing about the Holocaust

Still doing it backwards, and in high heels?

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Debbie Taylor interview: Never too busy to help

Debbie Taylor’s new novel is just the latest of her many, many projects

The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

'The Independent on Sunday's' best books of the year, from the snazziest title to the Irish novel most guaranteed to make you cry
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