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Review: The Beggar Maid by Alice Munro

Books editor Annie Muir encourages you to read the novel that Alice Munro always wanted to write

Review: The Avenged by Charles Prandy

Alister Pearson predicts that Charles Prandy’s self-published Jacob Hayden series is likely to gain him some loyal fans, despite a few typos

February Events

Don’t miss out on all the literary events going on in Manchester this month

Top 5 Campus Novels

 1. Engleby, Sebastian Faulks This is not just another campus novel about a boy, Mike Engleby, who attends an ‘ancient university’ and falls completely and unrequited-ly in love with a girl, Jennifer Arkland. It is so much more than that. Read it and find out. 2. Starter for Ten, David Nichols Set in 1985, Starter for Ten […]

Top 5 second-hand bookshops

Books Editor Annie Muir reveals her favourite second-hand bookshops in Manchester

Elaine Feinstein: Memoirs of a Poet

Elaine Feinstein sparkles in the Manchester Jewish Museum, says Annie Muir

Poets & Players: two Michaels and a Quartet

Annie Muir took a walk to Ancoats to see this year’s Poets & Players event: featuring Michael Symmons Roberts, Michael Schmidt and the Nat Birchall Quintet

“I have a dream”: Lemn Sissay & Manchester Camerata

Annie Muir feels truly privileged to have witnessed Lemn Sissay and the Manchester Camerata’s tribute to Martin Luther King’s famous “I have a dream” speech

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

With this year’s Man Booker Prize winner soon to be revealed, Annie Muir discusses one of the six contenders, Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Lowland

Michael Schmidt on the life of an editor

Books Editor Annie Muir talks to the poet, scholar and editor-extraordinaire, Michael Schmidt

The Booker of Bookers

Books Editor Annie Muir looks back at the ultimate Booker Prize winner, Midnight’s Children

The Working Class Movement Library

Annie Muir’s finds some stirring stuff in Salford’s Working Class Movement Library

Review – NW by Zadie Smith

NW may not have the punch of White Teeth, but Zadie Smith’s novels have matured alongside her, and this portrayal of London captures something real

‘Burning Bright’: Blake at the John Rylands

Annie Muir finds manuscripts worth pressing up against the glass for, at the William Blake exhibition

Surprise and delight at The Castle Hotel

Bad Language’s spoken word event takes an evening in the pub into a realm of uncertainty and suprise

Literature in the loo

Although it isn’t a book, and it is not permanent, outdoor writing is a valuable and communal literature

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