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What do Oliver Sacks’s books mean to you?

What do Oliver Sacks’s books mean to you?

In February this year, the 81 year-old physician, neurologist and author Oliver Sacks announced he has terminal cancer. Over the course of his career he has written several groundbreaking books about his work, often well ahead of their time and which have had huge influences in the medical profession and on individuals.

Friday poem: ‘If we shadows have offended’

In honour of the bard, whose birth- and death-day was yesterday, here is Puck’s closing speech from A Midsummer Nights Dream. The fairies have had their fun with the four young lovers, Bottom is no longer a donkey, and Oberon and Titania have resolved their quarrel. It all sounds too fantastical to be real – perhaps it was a dream...

Picador’s first book loves

Picador’s first book loves

Pulling this list together, we’ve realised it’s impossible to pinpoint the one book that made you fall in love with reading. But there are always stories that stick in your mind years and even decades after you first read it. Here, some of the Picador team pick their first book loves...

Friday poem: ‘Darkness’

Friday poem: ‘Darkness’

Next Wednesday, 22nd April, is Earth Day, an annual event to remind ourselves of the importance of protecting the world in which we live. ‘Darkness’ by Byron seemed a fitting way to mark the occasion (albeit prematurely), as relevant now as it is in 1816. 

by Lord Byron

​I had a dream, which was not all a dream.
​The bright sun was extinguish’d, and the stars
​Did wander darkling in the eternal space,
​Rayless, and pathless, and the icy earth
​Swung blind and blackening in the moonless air;

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