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How cool is your fridge?

Is it yellow, pink or green? Or chrome, with double doors, the size of a small car? What does your fridge say about you?

Christmas quiz books galore

It’s a bumper year for puzzles and brainteasers — and they’re all fiendishly difficult, says quizmaster Marcus Berkmann

The short, reckless life of Andrea Dunbar

When the talented Bradford playwright gained a platform at the Royal Court, she found herself ostracised at home

Midwinter murders: the best Christmas thrillers

Crime and mystery abound — from 19th-century Australia to modern-day Texas 

What will Katie Hopkins do next?

The outspoken journalist shows her true colours in her memoir, Rude. But will this be her last word?

Bob Dylan is a modern-day Odysseus

The vagabond legend will always attract biographers. But his own words are the ones we want to hear

Love and letters in a Bloomsbury triangle

Dora Carrington’s ménage à trois was at the heart of the Bloomsbury story, as her vivid correspondence makes clear

Jesmyn Ward sees dead people

The prizewinning novelist returns to Mississippi for her latest novel — and to a multitude of ghosts

Edward Garnett and his diligent blue pencil

The editor who nurtured Conrad, Edward Thomas and Jean Rhys also stripped D.H. Lawrence of his fine provincial realism

Reading Norman Davies’s global history is like wading through porridge

From Azerbaijan to Tahiti, much of the material is familiar — or available (as Davies himself admits) on Wikipedia

Mary Wesley’s passionate lifelong love affair

The correspondence between her and Eric Siepmann is erotic, honest, funny and supremely sad

A survey of this year’s children’s books sets the cat among the pigeons

Judith Kerr’s cat Katinka has a magical tail, while Enid Marx’s carrier pigeons help win the second world war

Naples drowns in deluge and corruption

Nicola Pugliese’s Malacqua — finally translated into English — is a powerful morality tale of a great city in decay

Sisters under the skin: Han Kang’s The White Book reviewed

The Korean novelist meditates on the infant sibling she lost, and the single life they’ve each inhabited at different times

Did the modern world really begin in 1947?

India and the Middle East were certainly transformed. But there were many other watershed years in the past century

Has Paul Theroux finally lost it?

Suzi Feay imagines how his hapless editor must have felt when confronted with his vast, rambling Mother Land

A love letter to Turkey’s lost past

Patricia Daunt has produced a stunning record of Ottoman grandeur before it’s bulldozed for new development

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