The Narrow Road to the Deep North: Richard Flanagan

A harrowing book about war, love, and the nature of good and evil. Set, for the most part, around  the end of the Second World War, it is about a group of Australian soldiers taken prisoner by the Japanese and made to build a railway in the jungles of Burma. And about the love the …

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The Type Taster: How Fonts Influence You: Sarah Hyndman

Sarah Hyndman brings 20 years of experience as a graphic designer, with findings from neurologists and psychologists, to her book about types and fonts. When I read the book’s blurb, I expected a collection of essays, which this book is not. It’s a largely visual, hands-on introduction to typeface, how it permeates our lives and …

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War and Peace

Such a joy to have read Tolstoy's absolute, unparalleled, masterpiece now, without the spectre of deadlines and exams. This time around, I wonder what, if anything, I even got out of this work of extraordinary simplicity and power in my earlier readings, when I was a student of literature. Many critics and commentators have written …

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Moogavani pillanagrovi (Ballad of Ontillu) – Kesava Reddy

Review by Sadhana Ramchander (A novella from Oxford University Press, translated from Telugu by the author) Oxford Novellas are a unique series and present to the world, socially relevant themes from languages and genres not published in English earlier. They are translations of not only famous names but also of unknown writers, the criteria of …

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