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Shaun Prescott: 'Australians were born of genocide and we can't erase that
His debut has been hailed as 'an uncanny masterpiece'. The Town's author explains how the eerie setting of his novel is rooted in his background in small-town Australia, and the elusiveness of what that means The unnamed town at the heart of Shaun Prescott's debut novel is a nondescript place, filled with shopping malls and petrol stations, supermarkets and parking lots. It is surrounded by tentacle roads, patrolled by a bus that no one ever boards.
Aug 16 11:50AM Guardian-Books

H.P. Lovecraft And The Shadow Over Horror
Lovecraft's stories are among the foundations of modern horror; they still have the power to terrify today. But his bigotry is just as horrific so how do we deal with this all-too-human darkness?
Aug 16 11:00AM NPR-Books

What, No 'Jaws?' Or: See The Movie, Skip The Book
Readers may notice that some famous titles are missing from this year's final list of 100 favorite horror stories books like Jaws and The Amityville Horror. That's because, frankly, they stink.
Aug 16 11:00AM NPR-Books

Click If You Dare: 100 Favorite Horror Stories
In honor of Frankenstein's 200th birthday, this year's summer reader poll is all about horror from classics like Mary Shelley's monster to new favorites, we've got something to scare everyone.
Aug 16 11:00AM NPR-Books

Red Thread by Charlotte Higgins and Follow This Thread by Henry Eliot - the meaning of mazes
Two elegant cultural histories of mazes and labyrinths, from the Minotaur to Hampton Court, ask the reader to surrender to the pleasure of getting lost Any reader who has got lost in a book knows that it involves a strange mixture of surrender and control. You are carried along by a story you could leave at any moment simply by raising your eyes from the page, and by staying within the confines of a space just a few inches square you could end up anywhere. Books are both containers and escape hatches.
Aug 16 8:00AM Guardian-Books

CoDex 1962 by Sjn review - a wild odyssey from the Icelandic trickster
A clay baby becomes the narrator of this chaotic extravaganza in which Bosch meets Chagall, with touches of Tarantino The Icelandic literary maverick and Oscar-nominated songwriter Sjn writes with a poet's ear and a musician's natural sense of rhythm. This extraordinary performance, consisting of three books in one - the first originally published in Iceland in 1994, the second in 2001, and the third in 2016 - sets out to entertain, but also to prod the reader towards a stark realisation of human mortality and the games fate plays. Book One takes place during the second world war in an inn in a small German town.
Aug 16 6:30AM Guardian-Books

Mariana Mazzucato: the best books about the financial market
From a novel by Jonathan Franzen to insights into the 2008 financial crash - five books to help us understand how political forces shape the markets One of the most memorable characters in The Corrections, by Jonathan Franzen, is Alfred, a man whose life has been dedicated to working for a local railway company. When that company is asset stripped, his life is destroyed. Alfred is hard-working, honest, good with his hands - the opposite of those working in the private equity industry responsible for the downfall of the rail firm.
Aug 16 5:29AM Guardian-Books

Pie for a doubting husband': how to cook like a suffragette
The Suffrage Cook Book, first published in 1915 and now reissued, includes Jack London's favourite duck recipe and Charlotte Perkins Gilman's 'synthetic quince' From Jack London's method for roasting a blood-rare slice of toothsome teal to Charlotte Perkins Gilman's accidental discovery of a mysterious treat she calls synthetic quince, modern cooks can now take a step back in time with the reissue of a 103-year-old cookbook compiled to raise funds for the suffragettes. First published in 1915 by The Equal Franchise Federation Of Western Pennsylvania, with a cover showing Uncle Sam weighing men and women on his scales, The Suffrage Cook Book was assembled by a Mrs LO Kleber. Including recipes for a Pie for a Suffragist's Doubting Husband to a Suffrage Angel Cake, it is being reissued this month as The Original Suffrage Cook Book to mark the centenary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act, which allowed some women and all men the right to vote for the first time in Great Britain and Ireland.
Aug 15 3:07PM Guardian-Books

Flights' Is A Trip, If You Like Wandering Off The Edges Of The Map
Polish author Olga Tokarczuk's new collection is a cabinet of curiosities surreal, loosely connected stories about the human body, about movement, about two-headed calves and saints' relics.
Aug 15 11:00AM NPR-Books

Top 10 books about Americans abroad
Writers from Joan Didion to James Baldwin complicate the traditionally white and male tales of wide-eyed innocents at large My second novel, Feast Days, is narrated by a young American woman whose husband is relocated from New York to So Paulo. We were Americans abroad, she says. The novel of Americans far from home has a long history, and is perhaps distinct from its cousin, the novel of Britons overseas.
Aug 15 10:46AM Guardian-Books

The Town by Shaun Prescott review - a powerfully doomy debut
Australian towns are disappearing in a thought-provoking novel that ranges from the banal to the apocalyptic The sense of some deeply melancholic encounter haunts the pages of Australian writer Shaun Prescott's winningly glum debut novel, aided by elegiac musings on belonging and estrangement, growth and decay, places and voids, portals and dead-ends. An unnamed writer arrives in an unnamed town, rents a room, finds a congenial cafe and a tolerable pub, and starts to write a treatise on the disappearing towns of the Central West of New South Wales. Like much about this simultaneously realist and absurdist novel, that word disappearing hovers at the line between the figurative and the literal.
Aug 15 8:00AM Guardian-Books

21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari review - a guru for our times?
The author of global bestseller Sapiens is back, with a self-help guide for a bewildering age - and its sweeping statements are peppered with truly mind-expanding observations Yuval Noah Harari's career is a publishing fairytale. An obscure Israeli academic writes a Hebrew-language history of humanity. Translated into English in 2014, the book sells more than a million copies.
Aug 15 6:30AM Guardian-Books

A Girl's Guide' To Growing Up On A Secretive Missile Test Site
When Karen Piper was 6, her family moved to the Mojave Desert. In A Girl's Guide To Missiles she describes how her parents designed weapons, but she didn't understand how it all connected to war.
Aug 14 6:04PM NPR-Books

Family claims win in high court challenge to Northants library cuts
Proposed measures by struggling local authority had not considered statutory duties closely enough, judge rules A young girl and her family who took on Northamptonshire county council over its plans to close 21 libraries have claimed a win in the high court, after a judge ruled that the cash-strapped council would have to revisit its plans while paying attention to its legal obligations. Mrs Justice Yip, announcing her judicial review judgment on Tuesday, found that the council's decision-making process had been unlawful, and that it had not properly considered whether it would be operating a comprehensive and efficient library service - as required by law - once the much-criticised closures had gone ahead. Continue reading.
Aug 14 2:08PM Guardian-Books

A Day At The Beach Won't Be The Same After 'The World In A Grain
Journalist Vince Beiser's no-nonsense writing makes light reading of a grim subject, the past and future of sand, but it paints a telling picture of how great a problem lies before us.
Aug 14 2:01PM NPR-Books

How Wilkie Collins found sensation in ordinary life
The Moonstone certainly has elements of breathless storytelling, but some of its thrills derive from the precision of its down-to-earth details In 1871, Thomas Hardy approvingly described the sensation novel as a long and intricately inwrought chain of circumstance that involved murder, blackmail, illegitimacy, impersonation, eavesdropping, multiple secrets, a suggestion of bigamy, amateur and professional detectives. Give or take a bit of illegitimacy, this could be a direct description of The Moonstone. Except that's only half the story.
Aug 14 12:22PM Guardian-Books

His Favorites' Is An Artful Argument For #MeToo And More
Kate Walbert's new novel follows a young woman who goes to a posh boarding school after tragedy upends her life only to find she's no safer there than she was at home.
Aug 14 11:00AM NPR-Books

Jazz In The 21st Century Is All About 'Playing Changes'
Nate Chinen's new book Playing Changes: Jazz for the New Century identifies the key players in the genre's resurgence. Chinen's aim with the books is to get the root of the resurgence.
Aug 14 9:00AM NPR-Books

Back to Black: Retelling Black Radicalism for the 21st Century by Kehinde Andrews - review
A new survey of western black radical thought is lucid, fluent and compelling. Black radicalism, Kehinde Andrews argues, is the most misunderstood ideology of the 20th century. And he's right.
Aug 14 8:00AM Guardian-Books

Navigating modern life with Matt Haig and Christina Dalcher on feminist dystopias - books podcast
We explore the unhealthy nature of modern life with Haig in Notes on a Nervous Planet, while Dalcher talks about her thriller Vox This week we hear from the bestselling novelist Matt Haig about his latest work of non-fiction, Notes on a Nervous Planet, which examines the challenges of living in the 21st century. And we peer into the future with linguist Christina Dalcher, who imagines a world where women are only allowed to speak 100 words a day in her action-packed debut novel Vox. Continue reading.
Aug 14 8:00AM Guardian-Books