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How London punk rock changed the world (and saved my life)

In his new memoir Alastair McKay reflects on the incredible legacy of Seventies music

Wellness

8 books to read for better mental health

From eating what you want to learning how to re-connect with your community, here are the Shelf Help Club’s recommended reads to boost your mental health

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Your ultimate spring reading list

From buzzy debuts to taut thrillers, acerbic millennial love stories to moving memoirs, Phoebe Luckhurst picks the books to add to your shelf now

Music

Kae Tempest on how their latest album was born out of a breakdown

Lockdown gave the artist time to reflect on a difficult period, and make some much-needed changes

Books

French Braid by Anne Tyler review: a quietly radical story

Anne Tyler’s 24th novel is an extraordinarily rich portrait of a family in flux, says Jessie Thompson

Comment

Carrie sounds like the wife from hell - but right now, who cares?

Melanie McDonagh reviews Lord Ashcroft’s new Carrie Johnson biography - First Lady

Culture

The Lion House review: a zoo’s tame compared to Sultan’s court

De Bellaigue’s account of Suleyman the Magnificent is unconventional and gripping, says Melanie McDonagh

Books

World Book Day: The best fiction books to read in 2022

Your reading pile is about to get even higher...

Books

World Book Day: The best non-fiction books to read in 2022

2022 is the year of the memoir - here’s our complete guide to the best new non-fiction arriving this year

Insider

Is Lizzie Damilola Blackburn the next Bridget Jones?

Yinka, Where Is Your Huzband? is a witty millennial novel is about love, life and London. Katie Strick meets the Peckham author

Insider

Cleopatra and Frankenstein review: a positively inhalable debut

Coco Mellors’s witty, stylish debut about the fall-out from a snap marriage between an older man and a younger woman is nostalgic and very-readable, says Jessie Thompson

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Molly-Mae Hague to release tell-all memoir aged 22

Becoming Molly-Mae: My Story will becoming to a bookstore near you from June 9

World

US school district bans Pulitzer-winning graphic novel about Holocaust

Author Art Spiegelman said he was ‘baffled’ by the school board’s decision and called it ‘Orwellian’

Books

Fall: The Mystery of Robert Maxwell by John Preston review: gripping

The extraordinary life - and death - of the media mogul whose boundless ambition included becoming Prime Minister reads like a gripping novel which happens to be true

Books

Name-dropping, moi? The best celebrity memoirs to buy this Christmas

It’s Christmas, which means this year’s celebrity autobiogs have arrived in bookshops in all their star-studded, hardback glory...

Books

The best books for children this Christmas

From a new book by JK Rowling to anniversary editions for the classics, our guide to great books for small people’s stockings

Books

Patricia Highsmith: Diaries and Notebooks review

Across almost 1,000 pages, Highsmith’s diaries keep us entertained - and appalled

Books

My Body, by Emily Ratajkowski: furious, conflicted and frustrating

The model and activist’s first essay collection meditates on her own #MeToo moments

Books

Growing Up - Sex in the Sixties by Peter Doggett review

This fascinating new book shows rather conclusively that the sixties was not a sexual paradise

Books

30 of the best novels to read this year

Looking for your next fiction fix? These are the books you need on your reading list

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Silverview by John le Carré review: a minor masterpiece

The final le Carré novel is tinged with an autumnal sense of loss and the self-examination of an old man looking back on his extraordinary career

Books

State of Terror by Hillary Clinton and Louise Penny review

The verdict on Hillary Clinton’s foray into the world of writing political thrillers

Culture

Hilary Mantel: ‘Monarchy is a trap — but I was sorry Meghan left ’

As her novel The Mirror and the Light hits the stage, Hilary Mantel talks breaks with Europe, Afghanistan and why there is still mileage in Thomas Cromwell

Books

The Christmas Pig by JK Rowling review: her best since Azkaban

The Harry Potter author gives us her Christmas Carol, and it’s a triumph, writes Amanda Craig

Books

Manifesto by Bernardine Evaristo review: lively, moving and funny

Her Booker win for Girl Woman Other changed her life overnight - but, in her new memoir, Evaristo shows she was far from an overnight success

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Chronicles from the Land... by Wole Soyinka review

Wole Soyinka’s reputation would be perfect if this book - his first novel in 50 years - did not exist, writes Tomiwa Owolade

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Matrix by Lauren Groff review: Nunnery life made sexy

It’s very different to anything she’s done before, but Lauren Groff’s fourth novel is profound and transcendental, writes Madeleine Feeny

Books

Bewilderment by Richard Powers review

This Booker-shortlisted follow-up to The Overstory probably won’t nab Richard Powers the prize, but it’s a moving and original read, writes Susannah Butter