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Robert Holdstock: fantasy fiction writer

Although he wrote more than 40 books in a career that began in the mid-1970s, Robert Holdstock will probably always be best known as the author of Mythago Wood, a novel in which a
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Nov, 5

School expels vampires and Alex Rider

Out with Alex Rider and in with William Brown. A leading head teacher has vetoed some of the most popular modern children’s fiction for his school library, declaring it “so simplistic, brutal or banal”
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Oct, 22

Tudor treachery and fantasy tales

This manor has links to Henry VIII and a children’s storybook hero
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Oct, 9

Table Talk: The Fable, London EC1

The writer Aesop, praised by Sophocles, loved by Socrates, admired by Aristotle, has been made into a cocktail. Or at least, the Aesop’s Fable cocktail — pink, natch — is one of the greasy
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Sep, 27

A Little History of Literature by John Sutherland

Inspired by Ernst Gombrich’s A Little History of the World , which was written for a friend’s daughter in 1935, but became a surprise bestseller on its republication in 2005, Yale’s Little Histories imprint
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Sep, 12

Cherchez la femme in literature row

Literature may purport to open the mind but in France it seems to serve as a pretext for perpetuating narrow sexist stereotypes.
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Aug, 27

University fat cat claims for £2 rail ticket

The principal of one of Scotland’s biggest universities has claimed for a slice of cake, a bottle of water and a £2 rail fare on expenses, despite earning more than a quarter of a
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Aug, 15

Dylan awarded Nobel prize for literature

Bob Dylan has become the first songwriter to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.
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Jul, 30

Life does flash before you, but in the wrong order

There have long been tales of people’s life flashing before their eyes in near-fatal incidents. Now, however, scientists have said that the phenomenon does occur but not in the way that it is usually
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Jul, 20

Every school will get mental health expert, pledges May

The prime minister is to pump £1bn into the fight against mental illness as part of the biggest shake-up for three decades
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Jul, 5