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John Carey: The Unexpected Professor - An Oxford Life In Books

HE is approaching 80 and has read millions of words, probably written millions too.

Running Free: A Runner's Journey Back to Nature - Richard Askwith

Part diary of a year running through the Northamptonshire countryside, part exploration of why we love to run without limits, this title offers an account of running in a forgotten, rural way, observing wildlife and celebrating the joys of nature.

Other People's Countries - Patrick McGuiness

Disarming, eloquent and illuminating, this meditation on place, time and memory, could only have been written by a poet, or a novelist, or a professor. Happily, Patrick McGuinness is all three, and Other People's Countries is a marvel: a stunning piece of

Other People's Countries review - memory lane, lovingly explored

Poet and novelist Patrick McGuinness's lyrical recollection of his childhood takes John Banville's breath away.

Running Free review - a year in the Northamptonshire countryside

Richard Askwith returns to his love of running in this compelling memoir Couch potatoes and immovable lazybones might react in horror to Richard Askwith's third book, an account of a year's running through the Northamptonshire countryside, but those of a

O My America! by Sara Wheeler - review

This is a sensitive portrait of pioneering women such as Fanny Trollope who sought out new lives in the US "So little is ever said about the last grey chapters of female lives," writes Sara Wheeler, depressingly. Close to 50 herself, she became drawn to

The harrowing, inspiring life of Andrew Sachs

A review of Andrew Sachs' I Know Nothing! Faulty Towers' punchline of a waiter – and Russell Brand's favoured target – endured much greater sorrows with style.

Book review: Little Failure - A Memoir

IN 1979, the Russian-American writer Gary Shteyngart left the Soviet Union with his parents to settle in New York. He was seven at the time.

How to Disappear Completely - Kelsey Osgood

At fourteen, Kelsey Osgood became fascinated by the stories of women who starved themselves. She devoured their memoirs and magazine articles, committing the most salacious details of their cautionary tales to memory to learn what it would take to be the

Inside a Pearl review - Edmund White's dazzling Paris memoir

Edmund White moved to Paris from New York, aged 43 in 1983, with no spoken French.