What makes China tick?

What makes China tick? Fascinating memoir examines the astounding changes taking place in the world’s second largest economy – from superhighways to vast airports Tessa Keswick reflects on her experiences in China in a fascinating memoir She recalls visiting towns that were pitifully dilapidated throughout the 1980s One of her travelling companion had the contents of his suitcase eaten by rats […]

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When life is tough, pick up a poem!

When life is tough, pick up a poem! The best titles for those who love rhymes British literary critic Bel Mooney, rounded up her favourite poetry books  She admits to trying verses on her husband from Up In The Attic by Pam Ayres  Her top picks also include Joinedupwriting, Sleeping Letters and In Still Life From his beginnings as a young Mersey Sound poet in […]

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The Long Tail of ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’

In the summer of 2018, Putnam published an unusual debut novel by a retired wildlife biologist named Delia Owens. The book, which had an odd title and didn’t fit neatly into any genre, hardly seemed destined to be a blockbuster, so Putnam printed about 28,000 copies. It wasn’t nearly enough. A year and a half later, the novel, “Where the […]

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In Roald Dahl’s Car

It was a Sunday night in 1971. The sky was black. The road was black. I couldn’t see my feet. I couldn’t see where the tarmac ended and the grass verge began. I had to get home to Aylesbury that night. I was 19. I had lingered too long bidding sweet good nights to a girlfriend on the doorstep of […]

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