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    1. The personal and the historical merge in Salman Rushdie’s dazzling, game-changing Indian English novel of a young man born at the very moment of Indian independence Among the many turning points in the constant remaking of the English novel – the dazzle of Sterne (No 6 in this series); the quieter, witty genius of Austen (No 7); the polyvalent brio of Dickens (No 15); the vernacular brilliance ...

    2. For some fiction writers she was the enemy, for others she was spellbinding and highly attractive. How have Salman Rushdie, Hilary Mantel, Anthony Powell, Ian McEwan, Angela Carter and others got to grips with the iron lady? Anyone embarking on a crash-course in the literary politics of the 1980s is advised to begin with an article that Salman Rushdie contributed to the New Statesman on the eve...

    3. Join the best names in fiction at Cheltenham

      The Sunday TimesJun 27 02:03 PM

      Top, from left, Pat Barker, Audrey Niffenegger, Kate Atkinson and Salman Rushdie. Bottom, from left, Jane Smiley, Anne Enright, Julian Barnes and Jeanette Winterson

    4. Writing history while it’s happening

      San Diego ReaderJul 02 03:40 PM

      John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath , published in mid-April 1939, told the story of an impoverished family — the Joads — who leave Oklahoma and come to California.

    5. Klezmer music and Japanese punk street music sound as if they would make for strange bedfellows. But Jinta-La-Mvta have provided one of the highlights of this year’s Kulturfest.

    6. ?Props to the page-turner who recalls her vacations by the books she read while on them.?

    7. Canada is no stranger to terrorism, according to a new effort to compile extremism-related incidents during the past 75 years. The Canadian Incident Database, which is run by researchers at five universities and funded by a government grant, lists more than 1,800 incidents of extremism or

    8. The 1990 World Cup had a party spirit, a sense of optimism and an England team that, 25 years on, today's supporters can only dream of, says Bill Borrows

    9. "What do you dislike more, independent, strong women or the English language?"

    10. By United Press International UPI Almanac for Friday, June 19, 2015

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