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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