Mick Herron’s ‘Spook Street’ two chapter extract

Books, Fiction |

Mick Herron is a British novelist and short story writer whose books include the SarahTucker/Zoë Boehm series. He is the author of the acclaimed Jackson Lamb series, the first of which, Horses, appeared in the Daily Telegraph’s list of “the twenty greatest spy novels of all time”. The following extract is the first two chapters from

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W.H. Chong’s favourite books of 2016: art, SFF, classics

Books, Fiction, News & Commentary, Non-Fiction |

What were we reading in 2016? Artist and book cover designer extraordinaire W.H. Chong shares his favourites from the year, throwing a few revisited classics in for good measure. ART The Art of Rivalry by Sebastian Smee. Subtitled “Four Friendships, Betrayals, and Breakthroughs in Modern Art” — how four pairs of exceedingly famous artists influenced

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Book extract: ‘The Ice Cream Makers’ by Ernest van der Kwast

Fiction |

The Rotterdam-based writer Ernest van der Kwast’s breakthrough novel was Mama Tandoori, a bestseller in the Netherlands and Italy. Then came Giovanna’s Navel, and now his latest novel is The Ice-Cream Makers, set in northern Italy. In the tradition of feel-good novels combining food and romantic locales we might fantasise about living in, The Ice-Cream Makers is

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Famous Five get a jolly good millennial makeover

Books, Fiction |

Here’s a much-loved book series and some fabulous new editions you didn’t know you needed – until now. Enid Blyton’s Famous Five get an adult makeover with: Five Go Gluten Free, Five on Brexit Island, Five Go Parenting, Five Go On A Strategy Away Day and Five Give Up The Booze. These new satirical takes on the ‘Five’ are

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