The Guardian Lists Top 10 Memorable Meals in Literature

This list combines two of my favourite things: literature and food, from Diana Secker Tesdell, who compiled an anthology called Stories from the Kitchen. She finds that the most memorable were those that were not just about the food. "In literature, meals are often an occasion for transcendence. While researching my anthology, Stories from the …

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Child 44: Tom Rob Smith

Child 44 is set in the USSR towards the end of Stalin’s regime, a Utopia where crime—and therefore criminals—no longer exist. Or at least that’s what the state wants people to believe. What this actually means is that murders cannot be reported, leaving those who commit them to go free. One of these is a …

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Turner—A Life: James Hamilton

My fascination with Turner’s paintings began in the late 1970s. I was in my late teens, and we had just moved to Delhi. Instead of buying me new clothes for an upcoming festival, my mother, very sensibly, took me to a bookshop. The first thing I saw as I walked in was a teetering pile …

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