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The most beautiful bookshop windows

To celebrate the Picador Classic list we set the UK’s independent bookshops a challenge: create the most beautiful and original window display for the books you can.

The best books to listen to on audio

The best books to listen to on audio

“Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested: that is, some books are to be read only in parts, others to be read, but not curiously, and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention.” So said Sir Francis Bacon. I would add to that: some books are to be listened to – in the car, while making dinner, on the Tube. Whether because they are weighty tomes you don't want to carry around or because the reading is just spot on, these are some of the best audiobooks around. 

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...

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