Once Upon a Wardrobe tells the story of the inspirational threads author C. S. Lewis wove together in his 1950 fantasy novel for children, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe.
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Jonathan Lee’s fourth novel, The Great Mistake, opens in slyly reportorial fashion, queuing up both a dense biographical backstory and a baffling murder: “The last attempt on the life of A
Critics for years have argued about whether T. S. Eliot was a closeted homosexual.
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Americans have always been enraptured royal followers.
Looking for an escape from quarantine boredom, but want to minimize your screen time? Then Hillary Mantel’s The Mirror and the Light, the final, nearly 800-page volume of her bestselling,
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James L. May has written a remarkable debut novel that brings to life one of the worst periods of soviet history.
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Emma Donoghue is a magnificent writer, but Akin is not her best novel. Still, it’s a high bar.
The opening chapter of Fishnet, the debut novel by Kirsten Innes, is a mystery that takes almost the entire novel to piece together. Who is speaking? What is happening?
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