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Jude Law: the books that made me - from Charlie B...
When Wes Anderson cast him in The Grand Budapest Hotel, which was based on the writing of Stefan Zweig, Law was stunned by Zweig’s merciless novel Beware of Pity, and the last book Zweig wrote before...
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The Grand Budapest Hotel
Ian McMillan revisits the train journey at the he...
He writes, "That Whitsun, I was late getting away:/Not till about/One twenty on the sunlit Saturday/Did my three-quarters-empty train pull out…" My lines are, oddly, both the same and very different:...
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Michael Rosen And John Hegley Celebrate Legacy Of...
When Keats lived at the north London house on 10 Keats Grove (it wasn’t called that then), he’s said to have paid £5 a month rent, along with half the liquor bill. It costs much less than that...
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VE Day 70th anniversary: How ordinary Britons cel...
First man: "It's not the same. It should of been yesterday. When you think of it – peace signed at 2.40 in the morning, and then people wait and wait all day, and then nothing but it would VE Day...
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A study of (my) reading habits
PART ONE 1. What was your favorite book as a child? Oddly enough, I don’t remember reading children’s books, though I know I did. The first novel that I clearly recall reading through the eyes of a...
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The first World War: “Never such innocence again”
The first World War: “Never such innocence again” The Great War transformed our understanding of war, forcing writers to describe the world in new ways, and in a new language WB Yeats – “I think it...
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When father's not coming home: Absent parents in ...
As AMC's "Mad Men" approaches its final three episodes, it's already clear that the series auteur Matthew Weiner is honing in on the anguish of, and the anguish caused by, absent parents. He is in...
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‘Map: Collected and Last Poems,’ by Wislawa Szymb...
... Collected and Last Poems,” by Wislawa Szymborska. (HMH) To readers who never think to trespass down the poetry aisle of the bookstore; to those who point to the arbitrariness and obfuscation...
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Nothing Happens. Everything Happens.
... do I think of life? A little and a lot. Sometimes a great deal, sometimes a very little.” So says mild, sweet-natured Pastor Niemeyer, near the end of Theodor Fontane’s novel “Effi Briest,” in...
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