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The best personal ads ever. EVER.

The best personal ads ever. EVER.

These really need no introduction, other than to say they are a compendium of the oh-so-carefully crafted personal ads from the London Review of Books and far more entertaining than match.com.

Bridget Jones is back!

Bridget Jones is back!

Bridget Jones's Diary and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason have been central to most of our lives here at Picador (well, the women amongst us, at least), so we're thrilled to be able to reveal these brand new book covers for those classic books.

The art of illuminating poetry

The art of illuminating poetry

‘Fundamental to all my artwork,’ Stephen Raw says, ‘is a love of language and how that language is given a visual dimension through signs we simply call letters: never-failing sources of inspiration. Letters are images in themselves and, for me, that’s more than enough to be getting on with.’

Stephen is a textual artist who lives in Manchester. His work varies from paintings in exhibitions to cover designs, and he has exhibited around the world. Here he is talking about one of his most recent projects: illuminating the poetry collection Ritual Lighting: Laureate Poems by Carol Ann Duffy.

Friday poem: the power of poetry read aloud

This poem begs to be read aloud, I think. In doing so, the repetition – of words and of rhyming sounds – takes on different shades of mournfulness. The rhymes begin to sound painful and there's a sense of feeling compelled to keep picking at a wound, of not allowing it to heal.

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