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Daniel Defoe’s A Journal of the Plague Year resonates with our new way of life
The Class A drug for bibliomaniacs
‘You can easily spot the bibliomaniacs among the readers, and we tend to egg each other on’
‘It turns out I have a local authority lending library in part to thank for setting me off as a writer’
Found in translation
‘The best translations can be miracles in and of themselves’
The books I wish I’d never read
"This was the great discovery: that books could let you in to places of danger. Perhaps inevitably this included places you regretted having gone"
The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”
The king of cakes
"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"
A tripod in the sky
The view from above