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Rachel Kelly's battle with depression

Rachel Kelly's battle with depression

As she publishes her memoir about how poetry helped her survive depression, Rachel Kelly says that wealth and success are no defence against the Black Dog

Book review of The Downfall of Money by Frederick Taylor

Book review of The Downfall of Money by Frederick Taylor

Christopher Silvester on the human tragedy behind Germany’s hyperinflation

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Book review of The Everything Store by Brad Stone

Book review of The Everything Store by Brad Stone

Peter York on how Amazon founder Jeff Bezos created a new law of the jungle

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Inside the green room at the Oxford Literary Festival

Inside the green room at the Oxford Literary Festival

Oxford lays claim to one of the biggest, most distinctive lit fests of all. I first became involved at the age of ten, finding myself in the green room, blissfully unaware of the big names that casually floated past, says Gregory Holyoke

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‘Your collection of books says a lot about you’: meet the creators of the bespoke library

‘Your collection of books says a lot about you’: meet the creators of the bespoke library

Ultimate Library’s bespoke book collections have breathed air into top-end hotel 'libraries' lacking in quality reading material. Now the service is being taken up high net worths who want their holiday home libraries to speak volumes. Founder Philip Blackwell tells Spear’s how it's done.

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Favourite novel-to-screen adaptations?

Favourite novel-to-screen adaptations?

From One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest to The Graduate and Jaws, cinema has been inspired by the world of literature throughout every era.

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Best crime novels of the past decade

Best crime novels of the past decade

Prepare to be afraid as Spear’s takes a look at the best crime novels of the past decade – from a story about an escaped killer on an isolated island to a murder mystery set in Tudor times.

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The most underrated books of all time

The most underrated books of all time

Moving, entertaining, inspiring and all-consuming, classic books define the literary landscape. From sweeping epics such as Bronte's 'Wuthering Heights' to understated gems like Chekov's 'The Lady With The Little Dog', the classics retain relevance into old age. But what of the books that deserve to be called 'classic' but somehow slipped through the net? What of their fate?

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Future classics

Future classics

There are certain classics that everyone should read. But which contemporary books will still be read in years to come? Authors, booksellers and reviewers give us their predictions on future classics.

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Best contemporary short story collections

Best contemporary short story collections

Imagine reading a story that’s as powerful as a novel but less than thirty pages long. These masters of the short story make it possible. From Nobel prize-winning authors to emerging writers, we pick out our favourite short story collections from the past decade.

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