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Izzy Smith is reminded of the comforting power of the books of our childhood

‘The worst Chosen One who’s ever been chosen’

'Carry On: The Rise and Fall of Simon Snow' offers an unconventional take on the 'Chosen One' genre

Tiny words: on the art of small talk

Ellie Duncan ruminates on the place of everyday interaction in literary writing

García Marquez makes magical realism realistic

Barney Pite unpacks the "tragic, brutal and cruel" world of Márquez's News of a Kidnapping

Fairytales can show us the horrors of Hitler’s Germany

The stories of Günter Grass bring Germany’s repressed trauma into the light

In search of Irish Revolutionaries

Eric Sheng discusses former Oxford don Roy Fisher’s recent work on Revolutionary Ireland

Nancy Drew – feminist icon or tired corporate creation?

Ellie Duncan explores whether the children's detective series Nancy Drew is progressive or not

The richness of the materiality of books

Altair Brandon-Salmon discusses the importance of books as aesthetic objects

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Despite the recent publishing boom, the literary landscape is looking increasingly

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