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Best books on gambling: Author Patricia Nicol

From John Bunyan to James Bond, fiction has abounded in cautionary and seductively glamorous tales of gambling. One of my favourite high-stakes players is Becky Sharp, the self-serving anti-heroine of William Makepeace Thackeray's Vanity Fair.

US fantasy author Ursula K Le Guin dies

She melded dragons and wizards with spaceships to tackle earth-bound issues of gender and class.

A book lover

Twelve books to get you through the next 12 months.

WHAT BOOK: Thriller writer Paula Hawkins

What book would you take to a desert island?

Our top critics choose their best summer reads

Suggestions for your holiday reading.....

Paddington Bear creator Michael Bond dies

The best-selling children's author dies.

Lauren Child: New Children

Lauren Child says it is harder for girls to be equalas she is named the new Children

Helen Dunmore, poet and novelist, dies aged 64

The winner of the first Orange Prize for women

Ebooks or paperbacks? A kindle reader and a book

Ebooks or paperbacks? A kindle reader and a book lover fight it out

20 books all 90s kids read

Your bookshelf was stocked with Funnybones, Goosebumps, and Biff, Chip, and Kipper

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