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Man Booker prize 2014: a judge speaks up for the longlist

Our choices this year are marked by great ambition and they will continue to draw readers for much longer than the next 12 months, writes Erica WagnerJustine Jordan: A more global, less diverse listGallery: The longlist in focusPart of the job of judging

The Unknown Unknown, by Mark Forsyth, book review: Where to find answers to questions you didn

Mark Forsyth wrote ‘The Unknown Unknown’ to celebrate the independent bookshop. Here, he explains the most valuable thing in finding a good one don’t think it’s possible to talk about the future of the bookshop without first paraphrasing Donald Ru

Laughter in Ancient Rome by Mary Beard, book review: A conversational, televisual, and winning study brings Roman laughter to life

Sadly, or maybe happily, the classics professor Mary Beard has become a contentious public figure. Just after 9/11, in an article for the London Review of Books, she linked American foreign policy with the terrorist attacks. It was a bold stance at a diff

London Book And Poetry Events: 15-21 May 2014

Author appearances, poetry and spoken word events in London this week Literary Death Match takes place on 15 May Plan Ahead LITERATURE FESTIVAL: The Asia House Literature Festival runs 6-21 May, with authors such as Brigid Keenan, Kamila Shamsie and

London Non-Fiction Roundup: May 2014

A selection of new books about the capital. All can be found in or ordered from your local independent book shop.  All That Is Solid, by Danny Dorling If your rent is costing you a fortune, if you keep having to move because the landlord wants to put up

London Book And Poetry Events: 8-14 May 2014

Author appearances, poetry and spoken word events in London this week The Radical Bookfair comes to Bishopsgate. Image: Plan Ahead LITERATURE FESTIVAL: The Asia House Literature Festival runs from 6-21 May, with authors such as Br

Tickets For Keats Festival 2014 On Sale Now

Keats House hosts many events. There’s a bit of a celebration going on to mark the 200th anniversary of the first poem written by Keats. Keats Festival 2014 takes place at Keats House, Hampstead, for eight days in June. The festival consists of a series

Comics Unmasked At The British Library

The British comic industry has a long history, and the British Library has decided that it’s high time it got its dues with a major exhibition. As is always the case with the British Library, this is an exhibition chock full of information that can be a

Michael Palin And Hilary Mantel Celebrate Foyles’ New Store

Image by raghavvidya on flickr. London institution Foyles bookshop has been at its current location at 113 Charing Cross Road for a large part of its history. So, naturally, the move to the new flagship store at 107 Charing Cross Road next month deserve