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Alan Reynolds obituary

Alan Reynolds, artist, who has died aged 88

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PD James, crime novelist, dies aged 94

Crime author PD James dies aged 94 -

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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

Gustave Flaubert (French, 1821- 1880) was a French writer who is counted among the greatest novelists in Western literature. He is known especially for his first published novel, Madame Bovary (1857), for his Correspondence, and for his scrupulous devotion to his art and style.

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20 Brilliant Authors Whose Work Was Initially Rejected

I remember reading this and watching the original movie in my high school English class. Lord of the Flies is a novel by Nobel Prize-winning author William Golding. It is about a group of British boys stuck on a deserted island who try to govern themselves and the results are disastrous.

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.

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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

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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.

Elizabeth Jane Howard, whose saga of a wealthy English family living in the shadow of war enchanted readers a generation ahead of Downton Abbey. Howard's whirlwind life saw her write 15 novels, leave three marriages, model, act, broadcast, and much more. Many of her books were critical successes, but best known for "The Cazalet Chronicles." She was 90. (January 2nd)