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With new roles and a new baby, has Joanna Page put Stacey to bed?

Joanna in BBC drama The Cazalets

Author Iain Banks's final interview, for which he was photographed a few weeks before he died of cancer in June Photograph: Murdo MacLeod for the Guardian

If you haven't seen Elizabeth Gaskell's "North & South", you've missed a great story of love despite class/geographical prejudice. Here are Margaret Hale and John Thornton from that story.

Jhumpa Lahiri is an Indian American author. Lahiri's debut short story collection, Interpreter of Maladies, won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and her first novel, The Namesake, was adapted into the popular film of the same name. (Wikipedia)

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The 100 best novels: No 28 – New Grub Street by George Gissing (1891)

The novelist George Gissing (1857-1903). His best novels, in my opinion, are New Grub Street (1991), about the literary 'industry,' and The Odd Women (1893), which examines the position of women in society at that time.

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Happy Birthday, Nabokov: A BBC Documentary on Lolita and Life

How anxiety fuels creativity, Nabokov on inspiration and the 6 stories everyone should read, Neil deGrasse Tyson on your ego and the cosmos, and more

A brand new promotional photo for BBC One’s upcoming War and Peace adaptation has been revealed. Adapted from Leo Tolstoy’s 1869 literary masterpiece by Mr Selfridge writer Andrew Davies, the six one-hour episodes will “bring the classic to life for a modern audience on a truly epic scale”. Directed by Tom Harper (Peaky Blinders), War...


Little House on the Prairie Actor Richard Bull Dies

Richard Bull, a character actor who played shopkeeper Nels Oleson on the 1974-83 TV favorite Little House on the Prairie, died Monday. (February 3, 2014) He was 89. May he rest in peace.

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Alan Bennett: joining the literature club

Alan Bennett: to compile an anthology of popular poets, from Hardy to Larkin.