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Education as a means of achieving true freedom: Celebrating Paulo Freire’s centenary
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Education as a means of achieving true freedom: Celebrating Paulo Freire’s centenary

To contend with Paulo Freire’s ideas about education, knowledge, the meaning of freedom and classroom dynamics is to re-examine the human condition afresh and seek to commit oneself to the discovery of true freedom.

Page Turner: In Shivani Sibal’s novel Equations, a portrait of 1980s Delhi and its aspirational inhabitants
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Page Turner: In Shivani Sibal’s novel Equations, a portrait of 1980s Delhi and its aspirational inhabitants

Equations is a story of aspiration and social change, of individual ambition and family bonds, told through the lives of two families, the Sikands, a wealthy business clan, and the Kumars, who are the family of their domestic help.

Dear Miss Metropolitan: Author Carolyn Ferrell's second is a harrowing novel; reading it is an endurance test
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Dear Miss Metropolitan: Author Carolyn Ferrell's second is a harrowing novel; reading it is an endurance test

Ferrell tells the story of three young girls, Black and biracial, who are kidnapped and thrown into the basement of a decaying house in Queens. Once there, they are tied down and tortured and raped for a decade, reminiscent of the kidnappings in Cleveland from 2002 to 2013.

God Spare the Girls book review: A compelling story of sisters navigating womanhood amid rigid religious belief
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God Spare the Girls book review: A compelling story of sisters navigating womanhood amid rigid religious belief

Author Kelsey McKinney is a strong storyteller and has crafted a captivating small town world full of gossip and intrigue.

Jam or jelly; yam or sweet potato? Brette Warshaw's latest is a guide to food differences for the curious and confused
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Jam or jelly; yam or sweet potato? Brette Warshaw's latest is a guide to food differences for the curious and confused

The book emerged from a newsletter Warshaw started in 2018 which addresses the differences between all kinds of things, like how sea lions and seals are not the same and why balconies are not terraces. It started with a simple question.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood: Quentin Tarantino's 'loose-jointed' novel runs along the same tracks as his 2019 film
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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood: Quentin Tarantino's 'loose-jointed' novel runs along the same tracks as his 2019 film

If the novel were written better, it’d be written worse. It’s a mass-market paperback that reeks of mass-market paperbacks. In my memory, it’s the smell of warm coconut oil and dust mites and puddling Mercurochrome.

Read an excerpt from Anti-Clock: Sahitya Akademi awardee VJ James' novel exploring the life of a coffin maker
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Read an excerpt from Anti-Clock: Sahitya Akademi awardee VJ James' novel exploring the life of a coffin maker

The story follows coffin shop owner Hendri whose one goal in life is to see the dead body of his nemesis Satan Loppo lowered into the coffin he's carved.

Alan Maimon, in his latest book Twilight in Hazard, paints a nuanced picture of Appalachia, a region where beauty and tragedy coexist
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Alan Maimon, in his latest book Twilight in Hazard, paints a nuanced picture of Appalachia, a region where beauty and tragedy coexist

In the book, Maimon's takes on poverty, drug addiction and the decline of the coal industry don’t ignore the region’s history of exploitation, not to mention the indifference of its political leaders.

Will Smith to discuss growing up in Philadelphia, superstardom in memoir, releasing on 9 November
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Will Smith to discuss growing up in Philadelphia, superstardom in memoir, releasing on 9 November

Will Smith will also narrate the audiobook of Will from Penguin Random House Audio.

Franz Kafka's letters, drawings now available online for the first time for public viewing
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Franz Kafka's letters, drawings now available online for the first time for public viewing

The documents exist thanks to Max Brod's decision to break a pact with his friend Kafka, who as he suffered from tuberculosis asked his writings be destroyed.

In Gracy’s Baby Doll: Stories, exploring loneliness and viewing translation as 'extended authorship'
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In Gracy’s Baby Doll: Stories, exploring loneliness and viewing translation as 'extended authorship'

The stories present, to a large extent, the dark worlds of lonely characters experiencing varying degrees of tragedy, depicted through a bleak and straightforward language.

Over 60 years after his death, author Richard Wright's The Man Who Lived Underground hits bestseller list
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Over 60 years after his death, author Richard Wright's The Man Who Lived Underground hits bestseller list

The revival of The Man Who Lived Underground began more than a decade ago, when the author’s daughter and literary executor Julia Wright wanted to unearth some of his unpublished work.