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The best non-fiction books of all time

Details: Inspired by Sagan’s famous line, Harry Cliff ventures out in search of the ultimate apple pie recipe, tracing the ingredients of our universe through the hearts of …

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33 of the best historical fiction books of all time

Details: Set in 14th century China. An absorbing historical fantasy, She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan reimagines the rise to power of …

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32 of the best crime fiction books

Details: Hercule Poirot is one of crime fiction's most famous detectives, and Agatha Christie’s hero gets his first outing in this, the first in Agatha Christie’s Poirot …

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The best fiction books of 2022

Details: This smart debut thriller from husband-and-wife writing team Ellery Lloyd takes a compelling look at the dark side of social media and influencer …

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The world's most beautiful bookshops

Details: The most famous book shop in Paris opened in 1951 by George Whitman, today, serves both as a regular book store, a second-hand books store and as a reading library, specializing in English-language literature. View this …

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The best dystopian novels of all time

Details: One of the best known dystopian novels of all time, 1984 is George Orwell's terrifying vision of a totalitarian future in which everything and everyone is slave to a tyrannical regime lead by The Party. The novel has a …

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The best short books under 250 pages

Details: Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s progressive views on feminism and mental health are powerfully showcased in her two most famous stories. With both stories combined totalling just 240 pages, this MCL edition is a perfect …

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Five steamy literary sex scenes

Details: Jill Alexander Essbaum is the author of several collections of poetry, and regularly appears in The Best American Poetry, as well as its sister anthology, The Best American Erotic Poems: From 1800 to the Present.In her first novel, Hausfrau, she explores the life of Anna Benz, as she enters into a number of sexual affairs and startling new experiences.

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5 of the best books about adultery

Details: Probably one of the most famous books about adultery, Anna Karenina is the story of the eponymous Countess who embarks on an affair with Count Vronsky, at the expense of her relationship with her husband and son and her social standing. With a truly tragic ending, Tolstoy’s novel is considered one of the greatest ever written.

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Twelve essential books about the Holocaust

Details: Anne Frank’s diary has become one of the most famous books about the Holocaust, and it remains one of the most introspective, enlightening accounts of what it was like to be a Jewish child living in hiding. A must-read for both children and adults.

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Our favourite coming-of-age stories

Details: by Edmund White. The story of a young boy growing up in the fifties in an American town. Beset by aloof parents, a cruel sister, and relentless mocking from his peers, our unnamed narrator struggles with his sexuality, seeking consolation in art and literature, and in his own fantastic imagination.

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The best literary fiction books of 2022

Details: The literary landscape is set for a revolution in 2022. Established greats like Hanya Yanagihara and Lily King are returning with acclaimed new fiction; eagerly-anticipated To Paradise and Five Tuesdays in Winter are both releasing in the first half of 2022. But alongside award-winners are fresh faces and new blood, with debuts from a variety of original and exciting writers.

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The best picture books for children

Details: Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela is the amazing story of a true hero of our times; his famous biography has been specially adapted for children in a beautiful illustrated picture book format. Discover how a little boy whose father called him "troublemaker" grew up to fight apartheid, become South Africa's first black president and

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10 Real-Life literary locations you can visit

Details: 01/04/2019. 7 minutes to read. Authors have been inspired to write by their real-life surroundings throughout history. Here we take you through ten of the most interesting real-life locations that have made their way into well-known works of fiction. Kelmscott Manor in Oxfordshire, aka Birchwood Manor in The Clockmaker's Daughter.

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Our favourite Dylan Thomas poems

Details: Born in Swansea in 1914, Dylan Thomas is the poet and writer most famous for poems such as ‘Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night' and plays such as Under Milk Wood. To mark St. David's Day, we've curated a selection of poems by this much-loved Welsh poet. Discover our edit of the best poetry books.

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Ten beautiful spring poems

Details: This gorgeous collection is full of seasonal poems with a link to the date on which they appear, selected from Allie Esiri’s bestselling poetry anthologies A Poem for Every Day of the Year and A Poem for Every Night of the Year.Including poems by William Wordsworth, Christina Rossetti, John Donne, Emily Dickinson and many more, these verses will transport you to vivid …

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The best novels set in World War Two

Details: by Kristin Hannah. Set in France during the Second World War, Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale is a story of two sisters, Viann and Isabelle. The pair are reunited after Viann’s husband is sent to fight, with Isabelle travelling from Paris to rural France to support her sister. Together, they face extraordinary hardships and heartbreak.

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Quiz: Can you identify the classic book from its first

Details: 15/07/2018. 1 minutes to read. Test your knowledge of some of the most celebrated works of fiction from the past century (including a few of our very own Picador Classics), with our famous first lines quiz. Let us know how many you get right on Twitter, where you can find us at @PicadorBooks . See some of of the books that make up the Picador

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Mother’s Day quotes from world-famous writers

Details: So, from the hilarious to the heartfelt, we’ve curated a list of our favourite quotes about mothers by world-famous writers, especially for Mother’s Day. Inspiring quotes for Mother's Day Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy "She was of the stuff of which great men's mothers are made. She was indispensable to high generation, hated at

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Eight beautiful New Year’s poems

Details: To celebrate New Year's Eve and New Year's Day we've collected some of our favourite New Year poems, from famous poems such as 'Auld Lang Syne', to lesser-known works about welcoming in the new year. Discover our edit of the best poetry books.

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12 classic European novels to add to your reading list

Details: One of the most famous novels to come out of Austria, The Trial is a story of crime and authority – topics both glaringly relevant almost 100 years on. This profound psychological horror has an experimental style, teetering between reality and fantasy throughout.

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The best poems for kids

Details: Poetry is a wonderful gift to share with the children in your life. The best poems for kids can make them laugh, cry, consider the world in a different way and even inspire them to try penning a few lines of their own.

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The most inspiring climate change protests around the

Details: Extinction Rebellion Protests, April 2019. Starting on 15th April 2019, climate change protests, organised by Extinction Rebellion as part of an International Rebellion, have been staged in 27 countries around the world. The action has caused disruption across London and by day four of the protests more than 400 people had been arrested.

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Our edit of the best Walt Whitman poems

Details: Walt Whitman self published Leaves of Grass in 1855 as a collection of twelve poems, but revised and expanded it throughout his lifetime.His poems abandoned the regular 19th century rhythm and rhyming patterns and were open about love and democracy, sex and friendship, the body and the soul.

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Books about obsession that will have you hooked

Details: by Herman Koch. An unsettling and compelling literary thriller, set in the world of writing and bookselling by the bestselling author of The Dinner. Mr. M. is being watched. As a famous writer, he is no stranger to the limelight, although interest in …

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Our favourite Oscar Wilde quotes

Details: Famous for his wit and intellect, it seems that Oscar Wilde was never short of a snappy riposte. Here is our edit of the best Oscar Wilde quotes on art, life, love and more. 08/10/2020. 4 minutes to read. Poet, playwright, novelist, aesthete – Oscar Wilde is known as one of literature’s finest wits.

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Seven of our favourite Scottish poets

Details: by Gaby Morgan. With poems from famous Scottish writers such as Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott and Mary Queen of Scots herself there is plenty here to enjoy and inspire. The collection roams across so many aspects of Scottish life and culture; its landscape and its history, its people and its celebrations.

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Inspiring feminist poems by non-binary and female poets

Details: Behind every famous man is a great woman - and from the quick-tongued Mrs Darwin to the lascivious Frau Freud, from the adoring Queen Kong to the long-suffering wife of the Devil himself, each one steps from her counterpart’s shadow to tell her side of the story in this irresistible collection.

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The best new fantasy books of 2022, and a look back at

Details: This folklore-inspired tale of betrayal, magic and murder is set to be one of the best fantasy books of 2021. King Cador’s children inherit a land abandoned by the Romans, torn by warring tribes. Riva can cure others, but can’t heal her own scars. Keyne battles to be seen as the king’s son, although born a daughter.

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Uplifting poems to brighten your mood

Details: There will come soft rains and the smell of the ground, And swallows circling with their shimmering sound; And frogs in the pools, singing at night, And wild plum trees in tremulous white, Robins will wear their feathery fire, Whistling their whims on a low fence-wire; And not one will know of the war, not one.

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The poetry of the First World War

Details: Alongside ‘The Wound in Time’, here we’ve curated a collection of just some of the most poignant World War One poems, featuring the writing of the famous soldier poets, Siegfried Sassoon, Rupert Brooke and Wilfred Owen, alongside the First World War poetry of nurses, mothers, sweethearts and family and friends who experienced the war from

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Five Extraordinary Edwardian Women

Details: Bessie Coleman (1892-1926) flew in the face of race and gender discrimination to become the first black woman pilot in the world. Banned from flying schools in her native America, she taught herself French and travelled to France where she earned her pilot's licence two years before her more famous contemporary, Amelia Earhart.

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The best poetry books of all time

Details: Selected Poems is a collection of Wordsworth’s most acclaimed and influential works, from his best known poem, ‘I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud’, to an extract from his magnum opus The Prelude. A pioneering Romantic poet, Wiliam Wordsworth addressed the natural world and human emotion, and revolutionized poetry.

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Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle

Details: Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle, Paperback (ISBN: 9781447250357) Paige doesn't think she's particularly special, but after getting the starring role in a massive film adaptation of the bestselling Locked trilogy, the rest of the world would disagree.

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10 classic books set in London

Details: The End of the Affair, which is set in the area around Clapham Common where Graham Greene lived and worked in the 1940s, is the story of an affair gone sour, and the consequences of when love turns into obsession. Visit St Mary's Church on Clapham Park Road and the surrounding streets to see the setting for this dark novel.

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Our favourite Christmas poems

Details: In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan, Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone; Snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow, In the bleak midwinter, long ago. Our God, Heaven cannot hold Him, nor earth sustain; Heaven and earth shall flee away when He comes to reign.

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The real Phileas Fogg: the true story of the woman who

Details: But undoubtedly her most famous assignment was more light-hearted and entertaining – Nellie took on the challenge to beat Phileas Fogg by travelling around the world faster than Verne could imagine. In 1889, she left America and sailed to London in just seven days, undaunted by seasickness on the way.

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Twelve beautiful winter poems

Details: Blinks but an hour or two; and then, A blood-red orange, sets again. Before the stars have left the skies, At morning in the dark I rise; And shivering in my nakedness, By the cold candle, bathe and dress. Close by the jolly fire I sit. To warm my frozen bones a bit; Or with a reindeer-sled, explore.

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The best poems about school

Details: Our edit of the best poems about school that both kids and adults will love, from poems for the first day at school to back to school poems.

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Poems about truth for National Poetry Day

Details: The theme for the National Poetry Day 2019 was 'truth'. Here we have gathered some of the best poems about truth from Maya Angelou, Emily Dickinson and others.

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Twelve beautiful summer poems

Details: Moonlight, Summer Moonlight by Emily Jane Brontë. ’Tis moonlight, summer moonlight, All soft and still and fair; The solemn hour of midnight. Breathes sweet thoughts everywhere, But most where trees are sending. Their breezy boughs on high, Or stooping low are lending. A shelter from the sky.

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Our favourite Robert Burns poems

Details: Selkirk Grace. The ‘Selkirk Grace’ is a well-known thanksgiving poem said before meals. It is usually said after guests have sat down to enjoy a Burns Night supper, before the first course is served.

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Twelve of the best books set in Wales

Details: Resistance opens in 1944, as the women of a small Welsh farming community wake one morning to find that their husbands have gone. Soon after that a German patrol arrives in their valley. Poet and playwright, Owen Sheers’ debut novel is a beautifully imagined and powerfully moving story of love and loss.

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The best poems on travel

Details: Wherever your feet may go. You may chat with the neighbors of this and that. And close to your fire keep, But you’ll hear ship whistle and lighthouse bell. And tides beat through your sleep. Oh, you won’t know why, and you can’t say how. Such change upon you came, But – once you have slept on an island.

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