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Sir Winston Churchill may have had 'short man syndrome', suggests Boris Johnson

Standing at around 5ft 7ins tall, Churchill was smaller than Hitler, and was bullied at school, so he spent his adulthood proving his personal courage

Life of Crime review a good-natured, unexpectedly winning treat

Jennifer Aniston gives an endearingly comic performance in this deft adaptation of Elmore Leonard's novel The SwitchDaniel Schechter's adaptation of Elmore Leonard's 1978 novel The Switch was the last movie with which the novelist was intimately involved,

The Listener by Tove Jansson review odd, disturbing stories from the Moomins' author

Originally published in 1971, Jansson's first collection of short stories includes glimpses into the lives of an embroiderer, a signwriter and an illustratorSort Of Books have been steadily working their way through Tove Jansson's back catalogue of adult

Nick Harkaway and Josh Cohen: Edinburgh books podcast

Novelist Nick Harkaway talks about fatherhood and secrets in his new novel Tigerman, while psychoanalist Josh Cohen explains how social media is damaging the interior life Continue reading...

Joseph O'Neill: Dubai is where the West is heading

The novelist might clinch the Booker with his novel about the financial hurricane that hit Dubai.

Eimear McBride and the new modernism Edinburgh books podcast

Does contemporary fiction need to be modern? We discuss the delights of difficulty with Baileys prize-winning novelist Eimear McBride and the critic Stuart Kelly Continue reading...

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