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Books |An astronaut’s guide to life on earth

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It’s not often that you get an insight into a job so far removed from everyday life that it literally happens off planet. Chris Hadfield is a man who has done it all – alongside commanding the International Space Station, he’s flown fighter jets, recorded music videos and been the … Read More

Books | Butcher's Crossing

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With the rediscovery of the 1965 novel, Stoner or “the greatest American novel you’ve never heard of” last year, the late John Williams has been propelled from relative obscurity to take his rightful place as one of the greatest American novelists of the last century. Butcher’s Crossing couldn’t be further … Read More

Books | Cheat's guide to Crime and Punishment

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In honour of Penguin’s re-release of the Russian classic, we give the low down on Dostoyevsky’s magnum opus . Existentialism and axe murders. Need we say more? Who? Rodion Raskolnikov -A destitute former student, handsome but morally depraved. At times kind, but always a touch insane. Sofya Marmeladov – Raskolnikov’s love. Sonya is … Read More

Books | A song for the dying – As close to a perfect crime novel as you can get

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When a book has a name like ‘A Song for the Dying’, it shouldn’t be hard to guess what it’s about: gruff detectives, gruesome murders and gallons of blood. In his new book for 2014, Stuart MacBride delivers these in spades. Eight years ago, Ash Henderson failed to catch ‘the … Read More

Books | Longbourn – Austen would be proud, if not a little outdone

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Joe Baker’s recently published Longbourn is a modern day rewriting of Pride and Prejudice from the perspective of the servants: quite right for a period currently besotted with the likes of the Crawleys. Baker’s novel can be considered to be an extension of the Downton Abbey Initiative, and that of its predecessors, in … Read More

Books | Sex and the Citadel – Reconsidering attitudes towards sexuality in the Arab world

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The Middle East is present in media outlets everyday yet, in the West, sexuality in Arab culture is still only tentatively discussed. The difficult subject matter is made accessible to all readers as Shereen El Feki, a journalist and former medic who has ties to Canada, Wales and Egypt, is … Read More

Books | Cheat's guide to The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

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Everyone loves a good bonnet,  but if you’re  weary of Wuthering Heights or feeling jaded by Jane Eyre, here’s  an alternative from the ‘other’ Brontë: Anne. Who? Gilbert Markham:A young single farmer whose epistolary narrative provides details of his meeting an elusive widow and their subsequent love affair. Helen Graham : … Read More

Books | The Last Days of Detroit – All is not lost in the land of Motor City

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Detroit is a city that has always had its problems, as this book from Mark Binelli notes. Even during the years when Henry Ford turned Detroit into an industrial mega-giant, racial segregation caused major ruckus between blacks and whites alike and to this day, Detroit, to misquote Harold Macmillan, has … Read More

Books | The Railway Man

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As a society we have been overexposed to scenes of brutality and desensitised by television. However, the ease of Eric Lomax’s narration makes the untold horrors of the Burma-Siam railway and the conditions and torture experienced by Lomax more harrowing. Eric Lomax seems to be inviting you personally into his … Read More

Books | Cheat's guide to Vanity Fair

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We break up William Makepeace Thackeray’s gargantuan tale of love, lash and Napoleonic lads into easy chunks of satirical fun. Who? Rebecca Sharp: Witty, wily, morally challenged. A social climber. Amelia Sedley: Spends most of her time sighing and weeping over portraits. George Osborne: The apple of Amelia’s eye, totally … Read More