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Nora Roberts: ‘I could fill all the bookstores in all the land’

Her 220 novels from crime to romance to suspense have sold 500m copies around the world. Her secret? Early morning Diet Pepsis and an eight-hour day Nora Roberts was a young stay-at-home mum with two small boys when 3ft of snow hit Maryland in February 1979, and the family was stuck inside. She picked up …

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‘ Why I told my mother not to read my volume’- memoirs of a former wild girl

Claire Dederer has written what is surely one of the most excruciatingly frank memoirs ever raw, revealing and explicit In the days before I’m due to speak to the writer Claire Dederer, the Freudian in me( admittedly quite a diminutive figure) begins to wonder if she isn’t subconsciously trying to wriggle out of our conversation. …

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No Cinderella: Margo Jefferson on the real Meghan Markle

Shes educated, divorced, a woman of colour, a feminist and a revolutionary addition to the royal family. Will she revolutionise the House of Windsor? In February I ensure a photo of Meghan Markle and the Duchess of Cambridge sitting next to each other at the Royal Foundation Forum, wearing colour coordinated garments( lavender for Kate, …

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How demise got cool

The long read: The latest demise trend is a cross between hygge and Marie Kondo: a sign that dying well has become one of the defining preoccupations of our times Last spring, at Green-Wood cemetery in Brooklyn, where the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat is buried, another conceptual artist, Sophie Calle, launched an installation called Here Lie …

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‘ Why I told my mother not to read my volume’- memoirs of a former wild daughter

Claire Dederer has written what is surely one of the most excruciatingly frank memoirs ever raw, revealing and explicit In the days before I’m due to speak to the writer Claire Dederer, the Freudian in me( admittedly quite a diminutive figure) begins to wonder if she isn’t subconsciously trying to wriggle out of our dialogue. …

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Frozen in time: Joan Didion in her California kitchen, October 1972

In her kitchen at home in Malibu, the writer liked an ice-cold Coke for breakfast and building salads to feed 40 guests This kitchen is in the Malibu house where Didion lived for eight years with her husband John Dunne and daughter Quintana- it stood equidistant from Hollywood( where the two wrote films together) and …

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Roxane Gay:’ No one is guaranteed love or affection’

The author of Bad Feminist and Hunger has strong terms for incels, harassers in publishing and diet gurus Born in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1974, Roxane Gay is an author, essayist, New York Times sentiment writer and associate professor of English at Indiana’s Purdue University. She has published a novel, An Untamed State , two short …

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Roxane Gay:’ No one is guaranteed love or affection’

The author of Bad Feminist and Hunger has strong words for incels, harassers in publishing and diet gurus Born in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1974, Roxane Gay is an author, essayist, New York Times sentiment novelist and associate prof of English at Indiana’s Purdue University. She has published a fiction, An Untamed State , two short …

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