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Should authors’ unfinished works be completed?

Nomad_Soul/Shutterstock Claire Squires, University of Stirling The scene: a field in southwest England. The sun is shining for a quintessentially British event, the Great Dorset Steam Fair. A six-and-a-half tonne steamroller takes centre stage. This, the Lord Jericho, goes head-to-head with a computer hard drive, and in a battle of old and new technologies, rolls over it several times. Then, …

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Five books on work by French authors that you should read on your commute

shutterstock Amy Wigelsworth, Sheffield Hallam University An emerging genre of fiction in France is providing an unlikely brand of escapism. Growing numbers of French writers are choosing work as their subject matter – and it seems that readers can’t get enough of their novels. The prix du roman d’entreprise et du travail, the French prize for the best business or …

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Five books to read while in the Derbyshire countryside

Lukasz Pajor/Shuttertsock Heather Green, Nottingham Trent University The Derbyshire countryside, in England’s East Midlands, is a region that has inspired writers – both classic and contemporary. The juxtaposition of rolling hills, stark moorland and craggy summits play backdrop to numerous novels in a variety of genres. The area is easily reached from a number of large cities – but parts …

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Five books that will change how you think about the environment and climate change

Pexels Ti-han Chang, University of Central Lancashire and Henry Dicks, IAE Lyon School of Management – Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3 We are constantly being bombarded with dire warnings about the environmental and climate emergency. Act now, we are told, or face an unprecedented global catastrophe. But while the solutions proposed – solar panels, heat pumps, eating less meat – …

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Five books to transport you to the Italian Riviera this summer

IgorZh/Shutterstock Hetta Howes, City, University of London With its sun-drenched olive groves, sparkling waters and vivid bursts of colour, the Italian Riviera has cast its spell on tourists, painters and authors since the 19th century. Lying in the northwestern corner of Italy, the Riviera stretches along the Ligurian sea and has inspired the likes of the painter Monet and the …

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Five must-read novels on the environment and climate crisis

Pexels Ti-han Chang, University of Central Lancashire Since the start of lockdown, more of us have taken to our bicycles, grown our own vegetables and baked our own bread. So it’s not surprising it has been suggested we should use this experience to rethink our approach to the climate crisis. Reading some environmental literature – sometimes called “eco-literature” – can …

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How palm oil became the world’s most hated, most used fat source

Oil palm fruit in North Aceh, Indonesia. Fachrul Reza / Barcroft Media via Getty Images Jonathan E. Robins, Michigan Technological University Palm oil is everywhere today: in food, soap, lipstick, even newspaper ink. It’s been called the world’s most hated crop because of its association with deforestation in Southeast Asia. But despite boycott campaigns, the world uses more palm oil …

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Five ways to help your child develop a love for reading

Maya Afzaal/Shutterstock Isang Awah, University of Oxford A love for reading can be hugely valuable for children. The benefits of leisure reading include increased general knowledge, a positive impact on academic achievement, enhanced reading ability and vocabulary growth. Indeed, research suggests that time spent reading for pleasure could be a key indicator for the future success of a child – …

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Five tips to get reading again if you’ve struggled during the pandemic

We all read much more than we give ourselves credit for. GoodStudio/Shuttertsock Alexandra Paddock, University of Oxford and Kirsten Shepherd-Barr, University of Oxford Like many people, you may have resolved this New Year to read more in 2021 and spend less time on your screens. And now you may be wondering how to find the time to do it, especially …

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How reading habits have changed during the COVID-19 lockdown

People have sought more security and safety in their reading. Andrii Kobryn/Shutterstock

People have sought more security and safety in their reading. Andrii Kobryn/Shutterstock Abigail Boucher, Aston University; Chloe Harrison, Aston University, and Marcello Giovanelli, Aston University During times of crisis, people find themselves faced with lifestyle changes. One of the earliest and most noticeable changes seen during the COVID-19 lockdown was how we consume media — and especially how we read. …

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