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Summer in autumn

Mathew Lyons on a ‘triumphant’ performance of Thomas Nashe's never-before-seen play

Twenty questions

Twenty Questions with Nicola Barker

If you could be a writer in any time and place, when and where would it be? Before the mobile phone

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George Smiley (Gary Oldman)

When to revive a character … and when to retire them

John Self on returning characters in fiction: which authors do them well – and which don’t

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China’s vital statistics

China’s vital statistics

Jacob Dreyer reflects on the role of the largest academic institution you’ve never heard of

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Things hidden

Things hidden

Hilary Davies examines the link between how poets use language and how prophets have done so in the past

Twenty questions

Twenty Questions with Roddy Doyle

What author do you think is most underrated? Elizabeth Taylor – a great novelist with an unfortunate name

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America’s politics and the antidote to despair

America’s politics and the antidote to despair

Shelley Fisher Fishkin explores ignorance, nationalism, hucksterism, braggadocio, racism, sexism and corruption in American literature

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Protest and performance

Protest and performance

Matthew Bown reads Cassils’s new exhibition as a personal outpouring of rage, hubris and despair

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The precocious Muriel Spark

The precocious Muriel Spark

Tom Ayling examines a rare collection of the writer’s early poetry

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Under a peculiarly London sun

Lamorna Ash discovers a new way of looking at the city – on the Joseph Conrad Cycle Tour