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Shakespeare, plagues, and a post-apocalyptic novel

Shakespeare, plagues, and a post-apocalyptic novel

On the eve of Shakespeare's 450th birthday, people around the world are preparing to celebrate the Bard and his plays. But what is it about his work that means we still celebrate not only his plays, but also his birthday? Emily St. John Mandel’s novel, Station Eleven, features a travelling theatre company that only performs plays by Shakespeare, and perhaps the reason she chose those plays goes some way to answering that question.

Returning to London

Returning to London

As she prepares to come over to London for the publication of her debut novel, Life Drawing, at the end of April, Robin Black remembers the first time she visited the city. Photo (c) Paul Arps, flickr.com.

The answers to life's big questions

The answers to life's big questions

The Silver Linings Playbook author Matthew Quick on how being thrown in at Hollywood's deep end led him to ask yet more big questions. And the answers? Well, you'll just have to read on.

Jon Ronson at Laugharne Weekend

Jon Ronson at Laugharne Weekend

The bestselling author of The Psychopath Test will be talking about his new book Frank and will be available to sign copies.

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