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books February 16, 2019

You Know You Want This

Kristen Roupenian’s name may not be familiar, but there’s a good chance you’ve read, or at least heard of, her short story “Cat Person”. After its publication in The New Yorker in 2017, that story went viral on social media, inspiring hundreds of...

books February 16, 2019

Imperfect

Thanks to Snapchat and Instagram filters, and cosmetic injectables and other “treatments”, modern standards of beauty are perhaps more standardised than ever. Uneven teeth, lined foreheads, body hair, jowls – you need to look hard to find them,...

books February 16, 2019

The Photographer at Sixteen

On July 31, 1975 – in the midst of an uncharacteristically hot English summer – Magda Szirtes, a Jewish Hungarian survivor of World War II, took an overdose in her North London home. The ambulance dispatched to revive her was delayed by a minor...

books February 9, 2019

Black Is the New White

Nakkiah Lui is one of the country’s funniest, smartest and most deliciously outrageous playwrights. To call her a force of nature is less accurate than saying she is a one-woman cyclone. Her work – including her scripts for TV and her podcast Pretty...

books February 9, 2019

Fusion

Conjoined twins have long been a source of fascination, if not the subjects of disturbing scrutiny. Perhaps the most famous were Chang and Eng Bunker, who were brought from Thailand – hence “Siamese twins” – to America to be exhibited and, despite...

books December 20, 2018

Hazards of Time Travel

Welcome to The Summer Library: selected extracts from the best new books this summer.

books December 20, 2018

Islands

Welcome to The Summer Library: selected extracts from the best new books this summer.

books December 19, 2018

Preservation

Welcome to The Summer Library: selected extracts from the best new books this summer

books December 19, 2018

Insomnia

Welcome to The Summer Library: selected extracts from the best new books this summer

books December 19, 2018

Fox 8

Welcome to The Summer Library: selected extracts from the best new books this summer

books December 15, 2018

The Feral Detective

Jonathan Lethem’s 11th novel is an oddity. It begins five days before Donald Trump’s inauguration, when 33-year-old New York Times journalist Phoebe Siegler quits her job, partly in protest at her employer inviting the “Beast-Elect” in for a meeting...