Emily Rhodes

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Margaret Drabble squares up to old age

5 November 2016 9:00 am

A preoccupation with death is felt from the start of Margaret Drabble’s new novel, which opens with Francesca Stubbs, in…

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What books mean to rough sleepers – and the library that helps them

15 October 2016 9:00 am

An afternoon with a mobile library for rough sleepers

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The hidden rivers that shape London's streets

17 September 2016 9:00 am

I found my first of London’s many lost rivers when I walked across Holborn Viaduct, looked down at the sweep…

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What could resist the Red Guards? Music and storytelling

13 August 2016 9:00 am

Madeleine Thien’s third novel, recently long-listed for the Man Booker Prize, begins in Vancouver with Marie, who, like the author,…

Be like Jimmy Stewart: rediscover a classic

The secret to better holiday reading: don’t take too many books

16 July 2016 9:00 am

Holidays are a welcome chance to lose ourselves between the covers of a book, especially for those of us who…

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Books aren’t medicine. They’re more powerful than that

30 April 2016 9:00 am

If we claim books can heal, we must accept they can also harm

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Hot Milk’s heroine has snaky curls and a basilisk stare

26 March 2016 9:00 am

With ‘both arms stretched out like a starfish, her long hair floating like seaweed at the sides of her body’,…

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A bookseller’s guide to book thieves

5 March 2016 9:00 am

At my shop, it seems to be everyone from students to organised professional gangs

Calais Migrants Attempt To Find A Way To Reach The UK

Meet the librarians – and book borrowers – of the Calais Jungle

19 September 2015 8:00 am

In the middle of the Calais migrant camp, there is a book-filled haven of peace

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Jonathan Galassi’s fictional poet made me doubt my knowledge of American literature

15 August 2015 9:00 am

Jonathan Galassi is an American publisher, poet and translator. In his debut novel Muse, his passion for the ‘good old…

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Finally! A reason to feel good about buying so many books

13 June 2015 9:00 am

First editions are lasting investments

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The dark side of Delhi

13 June 2015 9:00 am

When Sara discovers that her husband died in India, rather than being killed in Afghanistan as she was told, she…

Couple in heated argument

Melissa Kite comes out fighting. Again

4 April 2015 9:00 am

Madison Flight is a divorce lawyer, nicknamed ‘the Chair-Scraper’ for the number of times she leaps to her feet arguing…

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Long live bookshops!

29 November 2014 10:40 am

Ebooks are everywhere, but a few independent bookshops are staging a valiant rearguard action

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The unexpected joys of working while pregnant

8 November 2014 9:00 am

‘You are like my cat.’ So I was told when eight-and-a-half months pregnant, just before going on maternity leave from…

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Early editions

6 September 2014 9:00 am

Contributing to a homegrown school magazine can inspire a passion for writing that endures into adulthood, says Emily Rhodes

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L.P. Hartley’s guide to coping with a heatwave

26 July 2014 9:00 am

Those of us who have been struggling to endure the recent heat should turn to L.P. Hartley’s classic coming-of-age novel The…

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Great literary tea parties (oh, and ours)

21 June 2014 9:00 am

Every summer this magazine invites some of its (randomly selected) subscribers to tea in the garden. Every Englishman loves tea…

Reading: it’s not as solitary as you might think

Book clubs

12 April 2014 9:00 am

Everyone knows somebody who belongs to a book club. From informal gatherings of bookish friends in living rooms and cafés…

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First novels: When romance develops from an old photograph

22 February 2014 9:00 am

The intensely lyrical Ghost Moth is set in Belfast in 1969, as the Troubles begin and when Katherine, housewife and…

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By the book: The NSA is behaving like a villain in a 1950s novel

18 January 2014 9:00 am

The continuing drip-feed of stories about governments and friendly-seeming internet giants sifting through our data has left some citizens feeling…

Lose weight the Muriel Spark way

24 August 2013 9:00 am

Those of you dieting your way to a svelte physique amid the flesh-exposing terrors of summer should take courage from…

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What a tortoise can teach us

3 August 2013 9:00 am

Five lessons from my new pet

Shire, by Ali Smith - review

3 August 2013 9:00 am

Pastoral elegy is not what you expect to find in a collection of short stories, but then Ali Smith is…

By the book: All passion rent

6 July 2013 9:00 am

According to the Council of Mortgage Lenders, 81 per cent of British people want to own their homes within the…