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Tuesday 21st of November 2017

Everything tagged with books

The album and the volume

Cecilia Bartoli’s latest work, Mission, is an album of almost entirely world premiere recordings taken from the original manuscripts of the little-known Baroque composer Agostino Steffan

Antony Beevor: Past to present

Antony Beevor, the author of such literary prizewinners as The Battle for Spain: The Spanish Civil War 1936–39 and Stalingrad, is attending the Hay Festival following the relea

The novel queen

Philippa Gregory’s visit to the Hay Festival is ostensibly taking place to discuss her latest novel to be released in Spain, The Red Queen.

Snow White Must Die

Snow White Must Die is a murder mystery that proves to be anything but a fairytale. The story takes place in a seemingly quiet and posh small town in modern-day Germany, where the residents will do anything to keep outsiders from knowing the truth about a dark event that occurred in its recent past.

Telegraph Avenue

Chabon’s writing style is notoriously dense, but in this thrilling, coming-of-age in changing times story, he has outdone himself. The novel chronicles two friends, Archy and Nat, who run a record store in a period of flux in Oakland, California, where racial tension still exists from the decades of the civil rights movement, including Black Panther activity that was influential in that area.

Playing on the mind

The opening scene of How to Be a Good Wife takes place in a pretty, clean kitchen which, like the house itself, seems so ordinary, so sanitised. It is only from the point of view of Marta, a wife and mother, that we start seeing that something may not only be imperfect, but deeply and utterly wrong in this home. What, however, is wrong?

A novel idea

Books line the walls from floor to ceiling, divided into sections such as travel, history, philosophy, psychology, education, and politics. There are fiction shelves too, including Spanish, English, French, and German editions, and also a “videotheque” for DVDs, with a bucket for take-home movie sessions, and the rest offered as weekly rentals costing one or two euros.