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Book review: A Theory of the Drone - the morality of killing by remote control

A new book explores the morality and effectiveness of using surveillance drones as missiles in the war against terrorists, writes Jonathan Derbyshire.

31 Jan 2015 - 11:47pm
Novelist Adam Thirlwell on the challenge of keeping plots interestingly messy

Adam Thirlwell was named one of Granta's best young British novelists in 2003, before he had even written a book. Born in 1978, he grew up in north London and read English at Oxford.

31 Jan 2015 - 11:47pm
Novelist Adam Thirlwell on the challenge of keeping plots interestingly messy

The idea of "wellness" in our age is missing something. To achieve wellness, a person must eat correctly, get plenty of sleep, exercise regularly, and have the right socially sanctioned desires...

31 Jan 2015 - 11:47pm
Novelist Adam Thirlwell on the challenge of keeping plots interestingly messy

Many self-published books are indulgent efforts that perhaps only the writer's mother would enjoy reading. But not this one.

31 Jan 2015 - 11:47pm
Novelist Adam Thirlwell on the challenge of keeping plots interestingly messy

There is plenty that's visually attractive in The Package Design Book 3, which showcases the 2013 and 2014 winners of global packaging design competition Pentawards, selected by a large,...

31 Jan 2015 - 11:47pm
Book review: The Serpent Papers - thrilling debut by John le Carre's granddaughter

The Serpent Papers, the first volume of a mystical, alchemical thriller trilogy, arrives on the publishing scene in a flurry of excitement. It's easy to see why. Not only is the author John le...

31 Jan 2015 - 11:47pm

Humans have always been transformed by rape, warfare and other traumatic events, but the ways they respond - and to what degree they recover - is a highly individual matter. How to live through...

31 Jan 2015 - 11:47pm


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Many food bloggers dream their writing will lead to fame and fortune: a television cooking programme (very rare), a book deal or a column in a newspaper.

31 Jan 2015 - 11:59pm

Mainland education authorities have pledged to redouble efforts to limit the use of foreign textbooks in universities to stem infiltration of "Western values".

31 Jan 2015 - 12:48am

British author Helen Macdonald’s searing memoir about how she coped with the grief of her father’s sudden death by training a goshawk has won her a second prestigious literary prize.

28 Jan 2015 - 10:38pm

A new book about the little-known women-only Ravensbrück Nazi camp showed that its inmates faced brutality, degradation and death, writes Yvonne Roberts.

26 Jan 2015 - 11:24am

On my last visit to the Azores - those black volcanic islands set adrift in the middle of the Atlantic - underwater photographer Andrew Sutton and I watched a pod of sperm whales at play. We were...

26 Jan 2015 - 11:31am

Our skills become rusty and eventually disappear when they go unused. As a result, humans are becoming less capable as we rely increasingly on technology. This is the thesis of The Glass Cage, by...

26 Jan 2015 - 11:29am

One unwanted side effect of parenting teenagers has persistently bothered me over the years, this being how it distorts one's own perhaps halcyon view of being "teenage". It seems that one moment...

26 Jan 2015 - 11:30am

The human knee, as one of many science-filled conversations in Edith Pearlman's new book of stories reminds us, "was one of the most complicated joints in the body. Certainly it seemed loaded with...

26 Jan 2015 - 11:31am

As the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo murders continues to unfold, French readers are turning to a recent cover star of the magazine, with Michel Houellebecq's Soumission racing to the top of...

26 Jan 2015 - 11:25am

As any savvy cop knows, following the money is a failsafe way to understand how organised crime works. The same goes for the music business. The industry - by which we mean record companies in the...

24 Jan 2015 - 10:32pm

The Wandering Pine is, I confess, a bit of a cheat for a fiction round-up: it's a memoir by Swedish novelist and dramatist Per Olov Enquist. Nevertheless, it qualifies, in part thanks to its...

26 Jan 2015 - 11:28am

That they were a successful double act is made clear in Susan Mitchell’s book about the late Margaret and Gough Whitlam, Australia’s prime minister from 1972 to 1975 and an Australian Labor Party...

24 Jan 2015 - 10:32pm

Many writers have said they were saved by writing - and in the case of New Zealand author Janet Frame, this is no exaggeration. Labelled a schizophrenic, she spent eight years in and out of...

26 Jan 2015 - 11:32am

I've never been to the type of English pub where the most dependable food served is a packet of pork scratchings. Many of those drinking establishments have been rebranded as gastro-pubs, where...

24 Jan 2015 - 10:56pm

James Patterson, already among the world's best-selling authors, plans to shake up the publishing industry with the launch of a literally explosive new novel.

22 Jan 2015 - 10:29am

A North Korean gulag survivor whose torture and daring escape was detailed in a best-selling book admitted he lied about details in his story.

19 Jan 2015 - 6:59pm

Publishers are rushing to reprint Voltaire's 1763 Treatise on Tolerance following a run on copies after the deaths of 12 people in the attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo, according to French...

19 Jan 2015 - 10:44am

The first memoir by a current inmate detailing life inside Guantanamo is to be released next week following a six-year legal fight to declassify the manuscript, extracts of which have appeared in...

19 Jan 2015 - 5:01pm

As the world tries to contain Africa's Ebola epidemic, Ed Vulliamy finds Albert Camus' novel works on the literal as well as metaphorical level.

17 Jan 2015 - 10:20pm

In placing Celeste Ng's debut novel on top of their list of the 100 best books of the year, Amazon's editors expressed the hope that this would help it become "the blockbuster it deserves to be"....

17 Jan 2015 - 10:20pm

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