We’re getting ready, my daughter and I, for the Champions League final early on Thursday morning. We watched the quarter finals (two were played simultaneously) shuttling between the two TVs in our living room and bedroom in our Mumbai flat. Read more

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This is my year of feeling bereft. Some months ago, John Updike, one of my great heroes, passed away. And last month, as I went from panel discussion to reading at the London Book Fair, I heard of the (expected and yet crushing) news of the death of JG Ballard. Read more

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Till Stephen Daldry decided to turn it into a film (with a redoubtable performance from Kate Winslet), not everybody had heard of Bernhard Schlink’s superb 1995 novel, The Reader. With the film’s success, it is now again being widely read – and bought – in the UK and the US. (On its publication 14 years ago, it had been translated into 39 languages and had become a New York Times bestseller.) Read more

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