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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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15 February 2016

Thousands of titles are published each month and we all have a list longer than our lifespan of books we want to read – and say we’ve read. So how can we decide which ones to tackle? To help us answer this week’s question…

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Meet the Writers, 10

13 February 2016

This week on ‘Meet The Writers’ we welcome two guests. Journalist, author and former politician Peter Sichrovsky founded Austria’s liberal newspaper ‘Der Standard’ and then joined the right-wing Freedom party. He’s written…

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The Monocle Arts Review, 239

11 February 2016

Sarah Shaffi, online editor and producer at ‘The Bookseller’ reviews debut novels by Sunil Yapa and screenwriter Shirley Barrett as well as ‘The Ballroom’ by Anna Hope, which explores the love story between two asylum…

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The Monocle Arts Review, 234

4 February 2016

The Independent’s literary editor Arifa Akbar reviews the latest book releases: ‘The Noise of Time’ by Julian Barnes; ‘The High Mountains of Portugal’ by Yann Martel; and ‘The Passion of Mademoiselle S: Letters to a Lover’…

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Meet the Writers, 8

30 January 2016

On Meet the Writers this week, Georgina Godwin sits down with one of Latin America’s literary heroes: Roberto Ampuero is probably Chile’s greatest living author. As well as being the creator of the famous fictional detec…

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The Monocle Arts Review, 229

28 January 2016

Sharmaine Lovegrove, co-founder of Dialogue Scouting, and Monocle’s Matt Alagiah talk through the week in books, featuring ‘A Guide to Berlin’ by Gail Jones and Moroccan writer Tahar Ben Jelloun’s ‘The Happy Marriage’. Plus…

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