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The Ghost Factory by Jenny McCartney review - gripping Troubles debut
This smart and funny novel about living with violence in 90s Belfast has a wonderfully large soul. Last week's shooting of the journalist Lyra McKee once again exposed the fragility of peace in Northern Ireland, already a dark leitmotif of the Brexit debates. The violence that has always co-existed with that peace is the theme for Jenny McCartney's gripping debut novel.
Apr 25 8:00AM Guardian-Books

Black Car Burning by Helen Mort review - in the shadow of Hillsborough
This debut novel from the award-winning poet is a love letter to Sheffield and the landscape that surrounds it On 15 April 1989, a crush on the dangerously overcrowded terraces at Sheffield's Hillsborough football stadium at the start of the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest led to the deaths of 96 people, the worst disaster in British sporting history. Thirty years since the catastrophe, the trial of the former police superintendent in charge of the match recently ended with the jury failing to reach a verdict on the charge of manslaughter, although the safety officer in charge that day was convicted of breaching legal duty. Hillsborough is the weeping sore at the centre of Helen Mort's debut novel Black Car Burning, which is also a love letter to her home city of Sheffield and to the climbing community of the Peak District that surrounds it.
Apr 25 6:30AM Guardian-Books

Let's cancel Bret Easton Ellis': is millennial 'cancel culture' really a thing?
The author annoyed young people this week by criticising the practice of withdrawing admiration for offending celebrities The novelist Bret Easton Ellis annoyed young people in an interview this week. I mean, what is millennial culture? he asked. There's no writing.
Apr 25 5:00AM Guardian-Books

Christopher Columbus' Son Had An Enormous Library. Its Catalog Was Just Found
In the 16th century, Hernando Coln assembled one of the greatest print-media collections the world had ever known. For centuries, its reference book was missing until it turned up in Denmark.
Apr 24 9:14PM NPR-Books

Poet Franny Choi Reads From Her New Book 'Soft Science
Poet Franny Choi reads a poem from her new book Soft Science and describes how poets of color are supporting each other.
Apr 24 8:43PM NPR-Books

The Beneficiary' Weighs The Emotional Heft Of Inheritance
Janny Scott, a biographer and award-winning reporter for The New York Times, has written a vivid and penetrating memoir about her own illustrious family.
Apr 24 6:04PM NPR-Books

A beacon for Northern Ireland': Lyra McKee, remembered by Sinad Gleeson
The Irish author reflects on the life of the journalist murdered in Derry On Tuesday, I gathered with a crowd in Dublin at a vigil for Lyra McKee organised by the National Union of Journalists. The meeting point was the Garden of Remembrance, a site frequently used for the commemoration of political and social causes. Over the decades, it has also become a known starting point for many public marches across the activist spectrum, from housing and homelessness, to causes that Lyra herself had been vocal about: LGBT rights and the need for free, safe and legal abortion (still illegal in Northern Ireland).
Apr 24 2:00PM Guardian-Books

Tech We're Using: Sliding Backward on Tech? There Are Benefits
Pamela Paul, editor of The New York Times Book Review, decided to downgrade her tech two years ago. It has worked out, with paper and DVDs instead of the latest apps and gizmos.
Apr 24 1:00PM NYTimes

EL James's new romance whipped by critics, but still romps to No 1
The Mister sells more than 52,000 copies in a week to top book charts - but is nowhere near equivalent sales of her Fifty Shades books EL James's move away from the whips and handcuffs of Christian Grey to the more straightforward sexual predilections of a British aristocrat and his Albanian cleaner has landed her at the top of this week's book charts. The Mister, James's first novel outside the world of Fifty Shades of Grey, focuses on the romance between Maxim Trevelyan, an earl, model, photographer and DJ, and his sex-trafficked cleaner Alessia. It sold 52,674 physical copies in its first week on sale, according to sales monitor Nielsen BookScan.
Apr 24 12:25PM Guardian-Books

In 'Nanaville,' Anna Quindlen Writes Of Her Adventures In Grandparenting
For decades, Quindlen has been channeling Baby Boomers' concerns, from motherhood and life-work balance to aging and downsizing. Her new book comes with a stern warning: Grandparents, know thy place.
Apr 24 11:51AM NPR-Books

Palaces of Pleasure by Lee Jackson review - how the Victorians were amused
From tightrope walkers with firework hats to raunchy music hall songs - an engaging account of how mass entertainment was invented in the 19th century Few British songs are as well known as I Do Like to Be Beside the Seaside. For many listeners it only takes a few bars to conjure up hazy images of striped deckchairs and dripping ice-cream cones, strolling along the prom (prom prom) and brass bands playing (tiddley- om-pom-pom). Of course a real day beside the seaside can be a rather different affair, as visitors pick sand out of their sandwiches or huddle together for warmth under a slate-grey sky.
Apr 24 11:00AM Guardian-Books

Top 10 thrillers about siblings | Alafair Burke
The complex knots of love and rivalry that bind sisters and brothers also provide perfect plots for novelists from Gillian Flynn to Ian McEwan Think about a family's description of its siblings. He's the bossy big brother. She's our genius.
Apr 24 10:42AM Guardian-Books

Tolkien film-makers insist they were respectful after estate disavows biopic
Fox Searchlight says it is 'so proud' of biopic starring Nicholas Hoult, after frosty reception from the Lord of the Rings author's estate The makers of a forthcoming biopic about JRR Tolkien have stressed their utmost respect and admiration for the Lord of the Rings author, after his family distanced themselves from the film. Fox Searchlight's Tolkien, starring Nicholas Hoult as the author and Lily Collins as his wife Edith, is out in May. On Tuesday, the author's estate and family issued a statement in which they said that they did not approve of, authorise or participate in the making of this film, and that they do not endorse it or its content in any way.
Apr 24 10:07AM Guardian-Books

Lebanese author Hoda Barakat wins International prize for Arabic fiction
The Night Mail takes $50,000 prize and secures funding for an English translation Lebanese author Hoda Barakat has won the $50,000 (39,000) International prize for Arabic fiction (Ipaf) for her novel The Night Mail, which tells the stories of people in exile through their letters. Billed as the Arabic Booker, the Ipaf also provides funding to translate the book into English. The Night Mail has already been acquired by UK publisher Oneworld, which will publish the English version in 2020.
Apr 24 9:19AM Guardian-Books

Where Shall We Run to? by Alan Garner review - a hauntingly beautiful memoir
From keeping a hedgehog to trying on gas masks, this wartime memoir is filled with the innocence of childhood. The young Alan Garner was described by one of his childhood friends as a sissy and a mardy-arse. But then Garner had just pushed him into a great clump of Roman nettles (they were the worst) to find out whether dock leaves really could soothe the pain from so many stings.
Apr 24 9:14AM Guardian-Books

Nonfiction: A 500-Year-Old Tale of Intrigue, Greed and Betrayal
In The Lost Gutenberg, Margaret Davis traces the colorful history of a rare Bible through its owners.
Apr 24 9:00AM NYTimes

Nonfiction: An Earlier Age When the United States Kept Immigrants Out
Michael Dobbs's The Unwanted describes the plight of European Jews trying to escape extermination by the Nazis.
Apr 24 9:00AM NYTimes

Nonfiction: A Passion for Punctuation Meets a Love for All Things Greek
Mary Norris's Greek to Me is an exuberant account of a decades-long obsession with a culture and its language.
Apr 24 9:00AM NYTimes

White by Bret Easton Ellis review - sound, fury and insignificance
Bitter rants and petty score settling drive this attack on political correctness in the Twitter age For reasons clear only to himself, Bret Easton Ellis opens his new book with an image of himself hunched over a screen, pulsating with uncontrollable fury. Minor incidents with strangers on social media had meant an overwhelming and irrational annoyance started tearing through me up to a dozen times a day. Alongside this anger came an oppression I felt whenever I ventured online.
Apr 24 6:30AM Guardian-Books

Drowning In Parenting Advice? Here's Some Advice For That
In her new book, Cribsheet, economist Emily Oster offers a lifeline to parents overwhelmed by contradictory parenting guidance. She offers a data-driven, and common-sense, approach to raising a baby.
Apr 23 6:47PM NPR-Books