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Iceland life

As they walk the bay of Reykjavik, Boyd Tonkin talks to bestselling Icelandic author Sjón about trolls, sagas and islands

Things come together

A new wave of African novelists, who write about the experience of migration, is gaining international recognition. Fiammetta Rocco reports on their rise

How Watership Down was written

Behind his story of rabbits and their struggles to survive lay Richard Adams’s own life, especially his wartime experiences. Here his granddaughter looks back on how it began

The power of the book

“Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts” will be the cultural bestseller of the season. Fiammetta Rocco meets the man who has examined more medieval manuscripts than anyone in history

To boldly go...

Slash fiction – a branch of fan fiction that imagines straight heroes getting together – is strangely popular among straight women. Helen Joyce examines the light it sheds on female sexuality

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