If you are reading this, I can assume that you are, rather than a casual punter, an evolved reader, and that you are not one for whom I need to explain what one of the most talked-about and biggest book of the year is about. Read more

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Serena Frome (rhymes with ‘plume’) is a beautiful Cambridge mathematics graduate, who, after a brief affair with a professor, is, through him, recruited by MI5. Read more

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This season’s English Premier League – arguably the world’s toughest, richest and most popular football league – will begin on August 18. Last season’s edition was the most thrilling in recent memory, with Manchester City winning the title for the first time since 1968 with what was virtually the last kick of the season. Read more

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Simon Kuper is one of England’s most astute football writers, and one of the leading commentators on the global game. Read more

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After the disappointment of his last book, The Possibility of an Island, Michel Houellebecq – called, among other things, “France’s greatest literary export” – returns to his audacious, sardonic self in his new novel, The Map and the Territory. Read more

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I am not sure how well AA Gill is known as a food writer in India, but if you have not read him, you could do worse than to make his acquaintance. Read more

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Zadie Smith says that once she finishes a book, she feels like lying on her back in her garden and shouting out aloud. Alan Hollinghurst says finishing a book empties him out. Roddy Doyle wants to get on to a new one no sooner than he gets one done. Read more

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In an essay for the Los Angeles Times, Pico Iyer sounds a rallying cry for the long, winding, clause-filled sentence that majestically unfurls itself. Read more

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One can’t spend the last week of the year without making at least one ‘best of’ list. This list isn’t, by my reckoning, a list of the best books of 2011. Rather, it offers a compendium of some of the books I have enjoyed and admired this year. Read more

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I had intended to write about Granta’s September 11 issue on or around that date. As it happened, the book arrived on my desk on the evening of September 10. So I actually spent September 11 reading the special issue. Read more

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