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Peter Matthiessen dies as his final novel In Paradise comes out

Peter Matthiessen, winner of the National Book Award for The Snow Leopard, dies aged 86 but leaves final; novel In Parasdise, about a visit to a Nazi extermination camp

Elizabethan Session: history woven into modern folk

The Elizabethan Session, featuring eight musicians including Martin Simpson, Bella Hardy and Nancy Kerr, is an exciting project to create new music inspired by the Elizabethan era

Are 'grammar Nazis' ruining the English language?

Tom Chivers meets the linguist declaring war on pedantry

Amazon buried my novel: Those search algorithms are for sale

I have a major publisher and a buzzed-about debut. So why did a search for my novel lead to Sweet Valley High?

Julian Assange 'couldn't bear to reveal his own secrets', says ghostwriter

Ghostwriter for Julian Assange autobiopgraphy reveals WikiLeaks founder's habits, including sending "girlfriend" to check for assassins

Guardian children's books podcast: Michael Rosen reads a schoolboy story

The Imagine Festival , sponsored by the Book People, is at the Southbank Centre from Monday 10 - Sunday 23 February 2014. Check out the website for the full programme including loads of free, drop-in events. Ten of the Best: School Stories with a Diffe

Plague and Cholera, by Patrick Deville, book review

The hot, heavy spring of 1940 still haunts the French imagination.

The Farm by Tom Rob Smith - review

Who would you believe in a crisis, your mother or your father? A Scandi-thriller from the Child 44 author confounds all expectations These days we all know Scandinavia well. We know its clean-edged cities and green countryside, we lust after the slicknes

Book review: Exhibiting Fashion: Before and After 1971 by Judith Clark and Amy de la Hay

With the dramatic increase in the popularity of fashion exhibitions over the past decade, this groundbreaking book provides a timely look at the evolution of the practice, taking as its anchor the seminal 1971 Victoria and Albert Museum exhibition

Sculptor's Daughter by Tove Jansson; Tove Jansson: Life, Art, Words by Boel Westin - review

A reissue of Tove Jansson's magical childhood memoir complements a respectful centenary biography Tove Jansson was born almost 100 years ago, on 9 August 1914. In appearance she could not have been less like her most famous creation, Moomintroll. She had