Brexit, social media, a sociopathic sister and a fox with a poetic soul all feature somewhere in this round up of all the books you should be putting on your wish lists – or treating yourself to – right now. Middle England by Jonathan Coe If anyone thought Brexit was no subject matter for literary fiction, Middle England is about to prove you dead wrong. I first read Coe’s The Rotter’s Club in my first year studying at Birmingham University and the book made me first understand and then fall in love with this industrial midland’s city, warts and all. It also showed me how brilliant Coe was at capturing so many different shades of Britishness – with a keen eye for class-related quirks. Back then, protagonist Ben Trotter was a sex-obsessed schoolboy. Now, in Middle England which follows The Closed Circle to conclude the trilogy, Trotter is middle-aged, living a middle-class life complete with an Aga. Anyone new to Coe needn’t worry about … [Read more...] about 10 new books to get lost in right now
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US & Canada By Roland Hughes BBC News 16 November 2018 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-46198498 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Related TopicsCalifornia wildfires "Heavenly father, please help us."Sitting in the back … [Read more...] about The day Paradise burned down
1. Catch sunset at Cape St VincentWith over 300 days of sunshine a year, the Algarve is kissed with Atlantic sunsets like nowhere else in Europe. For the region's most dramatic spectacle, head to Cape Saint Vincent (above), where the sun sets each evening over the continent's most southwesterly frontier. Expect an almost solar eclipse buzz here as cavalcades of coach tours and camper vans converge daily - but solitude is up for grabs, too. Wander towards the cape's southern cliffs and you'll not only escape the tourists, but also score the perfect backdrop of its lighthouse! Do it: Cape St Vincent sits 120km west of Faro. 2. Coffee & Pasteis de NataVamos tomar café! Going for coffee is the ultimate Algarvian break, where time seems to stand stiller with every freshly roasted sip. Your cup of Joao is best served, of course, with some Portuguese bake-off delights. Try a pastel de nata, a traditional custard tart dusted with cinnamon, or the local specialty of doce fino. Made … [Read more...] about The Algarve Bucket List: 20 things to do in Portugal’s paradise before you die!
Kim Komando Special for USA TODAY Published 1:56 p.m. UTC Aug 17, 2018 “I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library.” So said the famed novelist Jorge Luis Borges, and if you love those musty old buildings packed with study carrels and knowledge, you probably share his heavenly sentiment. Today, the library is as essential as ever. I mean physical libraries, the same brick-and-mortar buildings that have been lending books since the dawn of America. However, how does a place full of hardbacks and CDs keep pace with the digital universe? By adapting to its logic and evolving with the times. Armed with a simple library card, you can put your tax money to good use and support one of the noblest institutions there is – all the while enjoying a near-limitless supply of literature, periodicals, music, movies and even free office space. Here are just a few of the perks your local library has to offer. More: 4 apps to organize your books and … [Read more...] about It’s not just for books anymore: 11 tech perks available at your public library
Get lost in a dreamy Cornish romance, visit an off-the-wall boutique, dive into a comical comic collection, and help an octopus find a new pair of underpants in a sunshine collection of summer books for children. Age 13 plus:A Sky Painted Gold by Laura WoodThese long summer nights are the perfect time to lose yourself – and your heart – in the dreamlike landscape of Laura Wood’s gorgeous debut novel… a coming-of-age romance inspired by F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1920s bestseller The Great Gatsby.Wood, an academic, writer and winner of the Montegrappa Scholastic Prize for New Children's Writing, is a fan of both Georgette Heyer’s ultra-romantic Regency novels and the county of Cornwall, and both these influences shine through this atmospheric and excitingly glamorous story.Growing up in her sleepy Cornish village in 1929 and dreaming of being a writer, sixteen-year-old Lou Trevelyan has always wondered about the grand, sprawling Cardew House built on an … [Read more...] about Book reviews: Twenties glamour, a fashion fable and a mixed-up mollusc