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Books

Reviews

Becoming by Michelle Obama, review: 'An honest endeavour'

'I found myself lifting my jaw from my chest at the end of every other chapter,' says Kuba Shand-Baptiste of Obama's memoir

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George RR Martin's Game of Thrones novel Fire and Blood – preview

New book covers House Targaryen family tree and predates A Song of Ice and Fire by 300 years

News Stan Lee created one final Marvel superhero before his death Features Why John le Carré is much better than a TV adaptation could suggest Features Remembrance Day: The legacy of First World War poetry News George RR Martin 'struggling' to finish The Winds of Winter Reviews Past Tense by Lee Child, review: 'I found myself absorbed' News JK Rowling sues former personal assistant for £24,000 News Royal Mint reject Roald Dahl commemorative coin over antisemitic views Features James O’Brien: ‘Brexit’s been good for my career but bad for my soul’ News Charlie Hebdo survivor wins prestigious Paris book prize News Benjamin Zephaniah makes powerful statement about poet laureate role

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Wilfred Owen’s five best poems about war and ‘doomed youth’

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Wilfred Owen’s five best poems about war and ‘doomed youth’

Reviews

A Spark of Light review: The world needs to read Jodi Picoult now

Features

The 40 best books to read before you die

Losing yourself in a great novel is one of life’s joys. Here our critics Ceri Radford and Chris Harvey pick the books you need to read

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Shortlist announced for novels which do not feature female violence

Inaugural award accused of censorship and 'missing the point'

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Features Philip Larkin and the truth about mum and dad Independent Minds Future Library: The forest that will become an anthology in 100 years Features The Brontës died from TB – not melancholy News Margaret Atwood among authors auctioning character names for charity News Stephen King's novel Joyland to be turned into TV series Features How gruesome real-life experiments inspired the story of Frankenstein

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News Unseen Sylvia Plath short story to be published by Faber next year Features The rise of graphic novels, from To Kill a Mockingbird to Sabrina Reviews Noel Gallagher book review: 'An over-egged coffee table affair' Features Mama knows best? How children's books still embody sexism Independent Minds Case of the 'invisible' books: 10 titles 'written' by Sherlock Holmes News Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie says America today is ‘a feudal court’ Reviews

This Will Only Hurt a Little by Busy Philipps: 'Warmly conversational'

The actor shares details about her years growing up in the spotlight, both the good and the bad

Features

Why revisiting beloved literary characters can be a perilous business

New Bram Stoker novel by Victorian writer's great-grandnephew only latest to offer fresh spin on canonical fictional creation

Features Milkman – a worthy Man Booker Prize winner News Anna Burns becomes first Northern Irish author to win Man Booker prize Created with Sketch.

From the Quran to Harry Potter: The most challenged books in America

See the 2018 Man Booker Prize shortlist in full

Daisy Johnson looks set to be youngest ever Man Booker Prize winner

News Lionel Shriver wants to call time on the #MeToo movement Features 30 best children’s books: From Peter Rabbit to Artemis Fowl Europe British Booker prize novel sparks free speech row in Czech Republic Reviews Fashion Climbing by Bill Cunningham review: 'Enjoy the glamorous ride' Features Haruki Murakami: 'When I write I go to weird, secret places in myself' News Philip Larkin letters shed light on relationship with his parents Features 'How Parliament Works' and other books borrowed by MPs Reviews Melmoth by Sarah Perry, review: 'A haunting book'

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The Independent’s favourite poems from Robert Burns to WB Yeats

Our selection of great verse from the 17th century to the age of Instagram

Features

How poets have been writing about sex for centuries

The Victorian establishment was notoriously prudish. In fact, it silenced hundreds of years of writers who had been using obscene sexual accounts for literary ends

News The most powerful lines of poetry ever written Features Reading well: The books prescribed by mental health experts News Jean-Claude Arnault: Man at centre of Nobel Prize scandal jailed for r News Quentin Blake reimagines Roald Dahl's character Matilda 30 years on News Statue of Matilda standing defiantly in front of Donald Trump unveiled Features Roald Dahl's Matilda at 30: A heroine who changed lives News Game of Thrones author George RR Martin posts excerpt from new novel Reviews JK Rowling's new book is full of twists and turns, but it's bloated Features Little Women and America’s great big problem with motherhood Features A window into the lucrative world of rare book heists Features From vinyl recordings to 'wearable' books: The rise of sensory fiction Reviews Sarah Moss's new novel Ghost Wall is like no other author's work Features Man Booker Prize shortlist feels underwhelming, after daring longlist Features A 'Dead Poets Society' reading list

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Sebastian Faulks's Paris Echo is disappointingly swamped by ideas

Features

Sally Field: 'I didn’t know I had a voice'

Long Reads

Are we seeing the resurgence of Nazism? This graphic novel thinks so