Dictionary.com’s new definitions help create a better world

Language doesn’t just help us communicate, it is an important part of how we understand the world. The definitions that are given to words affect how we perceive them and popular phases show social attitudes and shape our understanding of the world. As social norms change, language needs to as well and the lexicographers at […]

Five-and-a-half-year-old girl climbs 5 forts in a day, sets world record

Mr. Bhoir said, “Harshiti had trekked up all these forts at least once on different days before attempting the world record. We planned to cover seven forts, but we dropped three to cut down on travel time. The road trip, climb and descent were videographed. Eight hours of raw footage was sent to the adjudicators […]

‘I literally weep’: anguish as New Zealand’s National Library culls 600,000 books

Janiewski says books written by New Zealanders but published overseas are also heading for the slush pile, as are the back stories of New Zealand’s vast immigrant and diaspora population. Herself a migrant, Janiewski describes the country as a nation of immigrants: “We have never lived in isolation.”

A History of the World in 100 Objects by Neil MacGregor – review

There is considerable irony in the fact that BP should be the principal sponsor of exhibitions at the British Museum. At a time when the company’s own reputation is filthy black with spilt oil, the hard-nosed businessmen responsible for scouring it clean could do worse than look to the example of a softly spoken public […]

Like Christmas: New Zealand’s post-Covid books boom

Auē, winner of the Ockham award, remains the best-selling New Zealand novel, according to Nielsen; with Shayne Carter’s memoir and Elizabeth Knox’s The Absolute Book remaining popular, as well as older New Zealand classics such as Eleanor Catton’s The Luminaries.

Eat, Pray, Love author nominated for £30,000 Wellcome book prize

This year’s winner will be announced on 29 April, joining former Wellcome winners Andrea Gillies, who took the inaugural prize for her Alzheimer’s memoir, Keeper; Rebecca Skloot’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks; LaPlante; and Thomas Wright’s biography of William Harvey, Circulation.

Cat Deeley’s book of joy

It’s no wonder that Deeley wants to pass on her fondness for books to her children. The high point of this summer, she says, has been teaching Milo to read. “It’s his new passion and hopefully he will carry his love for a great book into his adult life too.” These are turbulent times and […]

Wellcome book prize goes to Andrew Solomon’s Far From the Tree

Motion said that the greatest strength of Solomon’s winning title was “to combine proper scholarly objectivity with a sense of intimate connection – and to do so in ways that allow for the creation of distinct categories and clear conclusions, while at the same time admitting contradictions and exceptions. It is, in other words, a […]

Henrietta Lacks’s legacy lives on as Rebecca Skloot wins medical book prize

Chair of the prize judges, Clive Anderson, said The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, which took a decade to write, was “a worthy winner of a prize designed to honour fine writing on a medical theme”, telling the stories of changing medical attitudes and ethics, and the economics of healthcare, as well as the human […]

Trump knew exactly how serious Covid-19 is, but downplayed it: Book

“This will be the biggest national security threat you face in your presidency,” national security adviser Robert O’Brien told Trump during an Oval Office meeting on January 28, Woodward writes in the book, Rage, according to The Washington Post, where Woodward works as an associate editor. “This is going to be the roughest thing you […]