Summer reading: the 30 best holiday reads – chosen by authors and critics

From an evocative story set in a Trinidad graveyard to a riveting exposé of the Sacklers… Novelists including Johny Pitts, Monica Ali and Nina Stibbe on their essential holiday books

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On Beauty, Sexual Violence, and Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye

Translated by Allison Markin Powell The uniform at the high school I went to was a sailor suit. At s...

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Children’s books world reacts to ‘horrible loss’ of Blue Peter book awards

BookTrust which ran the awards said its limited resources would now be directed to disadvantaged fam...

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Six Book Critics Walk Into a Zoom to Talk About Autofiction

Six book critics walked into a Zoom happy hour to discuss “autofiction.” All had read a recent ess...

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Talking How We Talk: On Exploring the Poetic Plenitude of Black Life

I get serious whenever I go in the hood to teach poetry because I know it’s me sitting in those sea...

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Black Writers’ Guild calls for sweeping change in UK publishing

More than 100 authors join new body calling for the industry to address deep-seated inequalities in ...

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Small Pleasures by Clare Chambers review – a suburban mystery

There is compassion and quiet humour to be found in this tale of a putative virgin birth in postwar ...

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