Poetry book of the month: How to Fly by Barbara Kingsolver – review

You might assume the Pellegrinaggio (Pilgrimage) section – about travels with her mother-in-law – to be skippable, but these poems, describing reuniting her American mother-in-law (of whom she is evidently very fond) with her Italian past, are charming. In a delightful later poem, Will, she gets her her to peel a huge pile of tomatoes […]

JK Rowling shares adorable children’s drawings after launching competition to illustrate her new book The Ickabog which she is releasing for free online

‘We’ll be publishing a chapter (or 2 or 3) every weekday, starting at 3.00pm today and ending on July 10th. You don’t need to register to access the story. You can read it for free on a new website we’ll be launching shortly. But there’s more…

Bolton book oozes with contempt for his old boss

Take all those love letters from “Chairman Kim” as Trump has often referred to the North Korean dictator in his frequent tweets about him. Bolton, who has spent a good chunk of his professional life working on arms control issues, wrote in his 2007 memoir “Surrender is Not an Option” that North Korea will “never […]

Bolton book makes clear the dangers of a second Trump term

Bolton is not a game-changing hero. The man sat on his eyewitness accounts of the President of the United States asking for political help from a foreign power during an impeachment trial. He held back on his view that Russian President Vladimir Putin can play Trump like a fiddle and on details of Trump’s promise […]

We’re banning their comments, ‘manifesto’ and books – let’s stop and talk

Perhaps the only good thing of these past days has been meeting people. I’ve seen diversity and genuine interest from strangers in one and other. It has restored a sense of heart during a time that has seemed so dark. Maybe we also need to reach out to those who share views similar to the attacker.

Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver review – a powerful lament for the American dream

Her forays into the town archives unearth a previous owner, Thatcher Greenwood, whose story unspools in a parallel narrative. A science teacher at the community school, Greenwood moves into the house with his touchy younger bride in 1871. For the intellectual sin of propounding Darwinism in the classroom, he clashes with Vineland’s founder, Charles Landis, […]

Diary of a friendship deepened by despair: It’s summer’s most shattering book – the bond of tears and love that drew two mothers together when they both faced losing a child

The day before we are due to head home, Dom goes out for a walk. Jan and I sit on the terrace in the sunshine. An overwhelming sense of dread about Dom engulfs me and I run to his room, flinging open the door. Everything is in order. My imagination is running away with me. […]

DU’s Responsibility to Provide Scribes to Visually Impaired Students for Online Exams, Says Delhi HC

The high court was hearing pleas by law student Prateek Sharma and National Federation of Blind seeking to set up effective mechanisms for visually impaired and specially-abled students so that educational instructions can be transmitted to them properly and teaching material is provided to them through online mode of teaching during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Flight Behaviour by Barbara Kingsolver – review

Byron hires Dellarobia to help him to make sense of the strange apparition on her land and in the process of learning how to help him, she acquires a self-confidence she had been denied by her lack of education and by her poverty. It is a story steeped in biblical metaphor: the monarch butterflies transform […]

Watson the front of your letter! Sherlock Holmes is honoured in new set of stamps featuring Benedict Cumberbatch as the famous detective and new book cover illustrations

Richard Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s great nephew, said: ‘In the first chapter of my great uncle Arthur’s famous Sherlock Holmes novel, The Sign Of Four, Sherlock remarks upon the sheet of stamps in Watson’s desk – imagine his consternation if it turned out to be this sheet of stamps! What would he have deduced from […]