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  • Good old writers

    Who says old geezers can’t write? Some of them die with the sharpest minds. That’s certainly true of the literary critic Frank Kermode, who has just died at the age of 90. Reading about his death yesterday, I turned to his essays published in the London Review of Books. You can’t tell his age from […]

  • Top guns: Britain’s favourite crime writers

    American thriller writer James Patterson is very popular with library users in Britain. Not only is he the author of Sail, the most borrowed book last year, but of 17 others on the list of 250 most borrowed books. Most of them, however, were collaborations with other authors. That leaves the field clear for another […]

  • Books most borrowed in America, Britain, Singapore

    American thriller writer James Patterson is the author whose books are borrowed most often from libraries in America and Britain. Malcolm Gladwell topped the non-fiction list in America with Outliers: The Story of Success, according to Library American authors dominate the list of 250 books borrowed most often in Britain in 2009. Patterson is […]

  • Ruth Rendell at 78

    Who would believe she's 78? But that's Ruth Rendell as seen in a Telegraph profile which appeared on Sunday. The hair is dyed but she looks amazingly youthful — maybe because she exercises daily and walks and takes the train to the House of Lords, where she is a member. No less amazing is how […]