This Monday, I have curated some stuff for you. Hope you enjoy the pieces. Read more

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I enjoyed many more books this year than I can possibly list, but the following – as with all lists – is selective and subjective. Books on the list are not necessarily ones that were published in 2012; rather, they are books I enjoyed reading this year. Read more

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Eight years after she published On Beauty – an astute, accomplished comedy of manners that was set in New York but paid abundant homage to EM Forster – Zadie Smith returns to the patch of land that she had exuberantly and inimitably made her own in her precocious 2000 debut, White Teeth. 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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Is writing fiction any different from writing non-fiction? After having published my new novel after two books of non-fiction, I’ve been getting asked this a lot.

My answer – and I know it might sound dilatory/evasive is this: It isn’t, fundamentally, different. Read more

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