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New and Recommended: Essays

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There’s something for everyone in our Essays section. Have a look at our recent favourites.

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Not a Novel gathers together the best of Jenny Erpenbeck’s non-fiction. Drawing from her 25 years of thinking and writing, the book plots a journey through the works and subjects that have inspired and influenced her. Written…

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A stunning collection of essays and memoir from twice Booker Prize winner and international bestseller Hilary Mantel, author of The Mirror and the LightIn 1987, when Hilary Mantel was first published in the London Review of Books,…

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The powerful, urgent manifesto on never giving up from Booker prize-winning trailblazer, Bernardine EvaristoBernardine Evaristo's 2019 Booker win - the first by a Black woman - was a revolutionary moment both for British culture and for…

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You are a loser. This isn't a personal slight, but an impersonal truth of the species, writes Josh Cohen in this essay about love, literature and politics. Today, no figure in more ridiculed and reviled than the loser. In the wake of recent…

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Translated by a collectiveAlaa Abd el-Fattah is arguably the most high-profile political prisoner in Egypt, if not the Arab world, rising to international prominence during the revolution of 2011. A fiercely independent thinker who fuses…

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The place I went to when I could not speak was also where my voice came from.Part memoir, part manifesto, Some Answers Without Questions is a rigorous and lyrical work of self-investigation. Lavinia Greenlaw sets out to explore…

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Celebrating the 400th anniversary of Burton's masterpiece, this fully edited, modern edition is published as a landmark hardback volume in Penguin Classics. Robert Burton's labyrinthine, beguiling, playful masterpiece is his attempt to…

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A true original. In this stunningly unusual prose debut, Doireann Ní Ghríofa sculpts essay and autofiction to explore inner life and the deep connection felt between two writers centuries apart. In the 1700s, an Irish…

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'A remarkable book' Robert Macfarlane'A distinctive new voice: attentive and tender' Amy Liptrot'Elegant, understated, urgent and nourishing' Jessica J. LeeHome is many people and places and languages, some separated by oceans.Nina Mingya…

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There's no right way to keep a diary, but if there's an entertaining way, David Sedaris seems to have mastered it.If it's navel-gazing you're after, you've come to the wrong place; ditto treacly self-examination. Rather, his observations…

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From the brilliant mind of the creator and star of I May Destroy You and Chewing Gum comes a passionate declaration against fitting in.Michaela Coel's MacTaggart Lecture touched a lot of people with her striking…

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‘Outside my work the thing I care most about is gardening’ wrote George Orwell in 1940. Inspired by her encounter with the surviving roses that Orwell planted in his cottage in Hertfordshire, Rebecca Solnit explores how his…

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In 1935 Rose Macaulay (1881-1958) was a well-established novelist, reviewer, columnist and feminist wit. She was part of the 'intellectual aristocracy' of England, but was also passionately interested in everyday life and its foolishnesses.…

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In 1995 Alice’s mother collapsed with pneumonia. She never fully recovered and was eventually diagnosed with ME, or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Then Alice got ill. Their symptoms mirrored their mother’s…

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