||The books behind New Labour|
David Walker and Polly Toynbee are the authors of Did Things Get Better?, an assessment of the first Blair administration. Here they recommend essential reading for those who want to understand New Labour, and some favourite political novels.
Polly Toynbee and David Walker were online: read what they had to say
||It was cognition at first sight|
Science versus art: David Lodge roasts some old academic chestnuts in Thinks...
|Touble in store for Harry Potter film|
18 February: The production of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is in jeopardy due to a legal confusion surrounding its young star.
|Royalty nominated for the public's prize|
16 February: Members of the public will vote in the first WH Smith Book Awards. Will Prince Charles be a winner?
|The Loafer's literary gossip|
Since the Anthea Turner debacle, publishers have been wary of the "big" showbiz autobiog...
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Five celebrated writers, including Margaret Atwood and Michael Ondaatje, describe the book they love best of all
Giles Foden delights in the difficulty of The Body Artist by Don DeLillo
|Tales from the river bank|
Rower Daniel Topolski acclaims an authentic evocation of the thrills of training in On the Water by HM van den Brink
|Also new this week|
A perceptive study of old age in Five Photos of My Wife, Joanna Trollope interviewed, and a rant against Candace Bushnell's 4 Blondes
|Pride and prejudice|
Darcy unlovable? Carol Shields' novel approach to Jane Austen dismays Frances Wilson
|Take a walk on the wild side|
Stuart Jeffries follows Edmund White on an artfully aimless pleasure cruise in The Flâneur: A Stroll Through the Paradoxes of Paris
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Stephanie Merritt talks to Tim Moore about gimmicks and the Grand Tour, and America's greatest map-thief
|Hurrah for Auden and other weaklings|
James Fenton argues that the poet gains power from his own weakness
|'Killed in Crossfire' by Tom Paulin|
A new poem on the Middle East crisis
Science and nature
Mark Buchanan indulges in mathematical gymnastics with Three Roads to Quantum Gravity
Health, mind and body
|Above all, be not idle|
Nicholas Lezard finds succour for the soul-sick in Malignant Sadness: The Anatomy of Depression, a first-hand account
Children and teens
|Underpants and overwhelmed|
Kate Kellaway doesn't always get the joke, but does that mean she should be fired as the family's book-chooser?
|The latest paperback releases|
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