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Friday poem: ‘If we shadows have offended’

Friday, 24 April 2015

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

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

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’

Friday, 17 April 2015

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;

Follow the leader: tips for starting a cult

Follow the leader: tips for starting a cult

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Ever thought about starting a cult? It requires more calculation than you might think, as Rebecca Wait reveals in this very helpful video. After just five simple steps you could be the leader of your very own band of worshippers. What – or who – they worship is up to you. 

Seven books about obsession that have got us hooked

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Reading about obsession is at once unbelievably uncomfortable and completely compelling. The characters are always fascinating and their actions wildly unpredictable; they can be funny and self-pitying, self-righteous and convincing. You just have to hope they stay in fiction... Here are seven of our favourite books about obsession.

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