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On the right page

An independent publisher that’s been bringing northern European hits to Italian readers for decades is embarking on a new chapter.

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Meet the Writers, Monocle Reads: Hannah Ewens

26 September 2019

Hannah Ewans is a journalist and writer who specialises in music, culture and lifestyle. In her new book, ‘Fangirls: Scenes from Modern Music Culture’, she traces the path of fangirls through history: the ups, the downs and…

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Judging a book by its cover

Is it the cardinal sin? Not according to those who design the jackets that catch your eye in the bookshop. We meet them to find out why – when it comes to selecting reading material – it should be love at first sight.

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Novel approach

A Japanese book distributor is espousing an unusual business model that sells not just books, but the bookshop experience itself, to bibliophiles and casual shoppers alike.

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While the sun shines

Flourishing literary festival Hay has grown from a small-town get-together to a global brand and shows no signs of stopping – even as it reaches its 30th anniversary. We toast the occasion with founder Peter Florence as he…

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A new chapter

Independent bookshops in China are operating with a new lease of life. We find a quiet corner in three of the best to find out how they keep customers coming back.

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Paul Auster

The philosophical and prolific author’s latest novel is his most ambitious to date. Monocle sits down with him in his home in Brooklyn.

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Between the lines

Matters of national and international security are best left to the professionals. But who are they and where do they get their intelligence? From fact to fiction, we reveal our sources.

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Folio society

When magazine editor Aaron Hicklin opened a bookshop in upstate New York, he wanted to move beyond the usual roster of titles. In the year since he launched, his guest-edited book lists have driven sales and put One Grand…

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Meet the Writers, 11

20 February 2016

One of the most important Canadian literary voices, Yann Martel is Georgina Godwin’s guest on ‘Meet The Writers’ this week. Following the award-winning ‘Life of Pi’ – which sold 13 million copies and was made into an Oscar…

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The Monocle Arts Review, 244

18 February 2016

We call our Toronto correspondent to discuss the idea of consciousness in Howard Akler’s latest book ‘Men of Action’, find out why we’ve been gazing into our crystal balls for too long with Hal Niedzviecki’s latest release…

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