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A Promised Land by Barack Obama review – behind the power and the pomp

America’s former commander-in-chief shares his character flaws and fears for the presidency in this poetic, introspective account of his childhood and first term in the White HouseLike the best autobiographers, Barack Obama writes about himself in the ...

Elena Ferrante names her 40 favourite books by female authors

List by pseudonymous author of beloved Neapolitan novels includes Zadie Smith, Sally Rooney and several Italian classicsElena Ferrante, the bestselling pseudonymous Italian author behind My Brilliant Friend, has named her favourite 40 books by female a...

Unseen JRR Tolkien essays on Middle-earth coming in 2021

The Nature of Middle-earth will cover topics including Elvish immortality, the geography of Gondor – and which races could grow beardsA previously unpublished collection of writings by JRR Tolkien, exploring the world of Middle-earth in essays tackling...

National Book Awards: Charles Yu and Malcolm X biography take top prizes

Yu, writer of short stories and television, won best fiction for Interior Chinatown, his inventive, ‘gut punch’ second novelCharles Yu, a writer whose talents range from short stories to episodes of HBO’s Westworld, has won the National Book Award for ...

When the Lights Go Out by Carys Bray review – on the brink of collapse

A mother tries to save Christmas as a father prepares for apocalypse in this subtle and timely satireFaith – having it, losing it, changing it – is at the heart of Carys Bray’s third novel. For Chris Abram, being brought up in a religious family resemb...

Top 10 books about great thinkers

From Kant’s routines to Frantz Fanon’s astonishing wartime work and Simone de Beauvoir’s vexed position in history, these books thread together ideas and the lives that animated themWhat is the relationship between the thinker and the thought? This is ...