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Books

How Watership Down was written

Its author Richard Adams has died. His granddaughter explains how his life, especially his wartime experiences, produced this world-famous story of rabbits and their struggles to survive

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

Silver-screen awakenings

Reykjavik, 1918. A young man embarks on a journey of sexual self-discovery in the celluloid glow of the city’s new cinemas. An eerie new tale from Sjón, Iceland’s most famous novelist

Italy’s Scott Turow

Less sentimental than “Inspector Montalbano”, but just as flavoursome, the legal thrillers of Gianrico Carofiglio – a former gang-busting lawyer – have sold more than five million copies

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