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Charlie Connelly

Paper cuts are giving the publishing industry that sinking feeling

Having stayed afloat during the pandemic, the books industry now faces two major threats, including a Brexit-related change which risks the livelihoods of many writers, says CHARLIE CONNELLY

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Juliette Gréco: The French chanteuse whose greatest triumph was silence

She lived in an extraordinary time, among some of the most colossal figures of 20th Century Europe. But, Juliette Gréco outlived them all - and did so on her own terms.

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The reluctant celebrity of Sally Rooney

The superstar novelist has had some very searching write-ups over her wary approach to her own fame. CHARLIE CONNELLY explains why authors often make such uncomfortable celebrities

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Dag Hammarskjöld: The life of a peacemaker

The youngest UN secretary-general who changed the world and would have done so more had he lived a little longer

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Toni Fritsch: The Austrian who revolutionised the Dallas Cowboys

He spoke no English, and had never seen an American Football before but Toni Fritsch was a natural, and he went on to change the game forever.

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How Tobias Smollett became the father of broad British humour

One writer not only pioneered satire, but also the literary feud, writes CHARLIE CONNELLY

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Hervé Villechaize: The actor who battled his own reality

The actor made his living selling fantasy, but this was far from the reality of Hervé Villechaize's life off-screen, writes CHARLIE CONNELLY

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The Green Knight: A tale of sex, seduction and beheading

CHARLIE CONNELLY on the mysterious 14th century Arthurian epic poem behind a now delayed blockbuster movie

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Being in the tyre tracks of a Civil War

CHARLIE CONNELLY on an British master of travel writing, exploring memories of the Spanish Civil War by following the route of the memorable 1941 Vuelta a Espana bicycle race

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Erika Mann: a life combating injustice

She was an actress and a writer, but more importantly Erika Mann spent her life witnessing and fighting injustice

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Giuseppe Meazza: Milan's greatest footballer

Giuseppe Meazza was the greatest footballer Milan, and arguably Italy, ever produced, meaning many turned a blind eye to his excessive habits

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Anthologies for summer that find poetry in the unexpected... supermarkets

CHARLIE CONNELLY on three new books of poetry on strikingly different themes: a sixth century saint, an endangered species and the everyday episodes which take place in a supermarket

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The literary classics in need of a reality TV format

With a new dating show based on the Jane Austen book, perhaps there's a truth to be acknowledged that every literary classic is in need of a reality TV format. By CHARLIE CONNELLY

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Otto Lilienthal: The birdman of Berlin

Otto Lilienthal was drawn to the sky by his idealism and his experience of war. It was ultimately a fatal attraction

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30 great European books for the beach

Charlie Connelly offers his selection of perfect holiday reading, from the latest new European paperbacks

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Jeanne Moreau: The greatest actress in the world

The daughter of a Tiller Girl from Oldham, Jeanne Moreau came to be considered "the greatest actress in the world"

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Billy Wilder and his early European career

In his younger days, Billy Wilder was a journalist in Europe. A new book of his writings doesn’t give much of a glimpse of the continent, but does provide insights into his later career

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Anton Chekhov: A man out of his time

Anton Chekhov transformed theatre. But many critics and audiences of his era were not so enamoured by the change, writes CHARLIE CONNELLY

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From Bard to worse: Boris Johnson's hot take on Shakespeare

CHARLIE CONNELLY on what we can expect from Boris Johnson's much-discussed and long-delayed book on William Shakespeare

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Success is in the details for this literary horror

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Lili Alvarez: The campaigner of centre court

Lili Alvarez was not only one of the greatest tennis players of her era but also a tireless campaigner for equality... not to mention champion car racer and skier

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Ennio Morricone: The Italian behind film's most famous music

The life of Ennio Morricone, the prolific Italian composer responsible for the soundtrack of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, and so much more

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The literary landmarks under threat

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Primo Carnera: The heavyweight with a burden

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The island life of Tove Jansson

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The prize that rewards silenced stories

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Birger Ruud: The ski jumper who became a resistance fighter

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Bertha von Suttner: The great peace campaigner

CHARLIE CONNELLY on the pacifist campaigner Bertha von Suttner, a woman not intimidated by anyone she met, even the most powerful men in the world

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How holiday reads became the most important books of the year

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When Eton took on a team of miners at football

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George Sand: The writer who attracted scandal and praise in equal measure

George Sand is no longer widely read, but once eclipsed many of the greatest names in 19th century European literature, writes CHARLIE CONNELLY

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The novel that pays tribute to the female pioneers of aviation

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Rebecca West: Balladeer of the Balkans

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The book that serves as a reminder of Britain's fall as a maritime power

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The man who chronicles the loss of Old Europe

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Rosa Bonheur: The brilliant eccentric who became an artistic superstar

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Luis Ocaña: The rider who ran out of luck

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The brilliance of Rónán Hession's Panenka

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The golfer who galvanised a sport

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Publishing after pandemic: How the coronavirus changed reading habits

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Dalida: A life ground down by tragedy

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Boney's books: Why Napoleon was history's ultimate bookworm

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Jean Bart: The ultimate swashbuckler

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Dreamland: A warning from Britain's post-Brexit future

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Greta Garbo: The face that continued to fascinate

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The golden age of translation

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The rebel writer: Why Charles Baudelaire still resonates

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Robert Doisneau - The man behind one of the world's most famous photographs

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A life striving to stay one step ahead of the Nazis

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Spyridon Louis - Greece's ultimate marathon man

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Ransome the Red... literature's most enigmatic author

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The great entertainer who accepted constant presence of death

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The Eastern European societies that have replaced communism

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The athlete who cleared the barriers communists put in her way

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The Swedish star immortalised in two of cinema's most enduring images

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Why I am changing my mind on writer's block

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Marguerite Duras - the writer sparked by a single moment

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Still trapped by the siege of Sarajevo

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The remarkable European life of a Police Academy star

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The literary character behind Netflix's Lupin

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Why Dante still divides Italy

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Simone Simon: The French actress who found herself on trial

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A modern retelling of a mysterious death

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The restless soul who epitomised sex, drugs and rock'n'roll

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The unassuming author who shrugged off scandal and success

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The remarkable story of Helga Weyhe

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The magic of hotels - and what we miss about them

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The self publicist surrealist who survived a brush with death from his own art

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The introspective spirit who teased out the talents of others

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The underground language of Europe's outcasts

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Alberto Giacometti and the moment that transformed his art

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Spain's search for its lost Shakespeare

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The dancing defector whose ego almost overshadowed his talent

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From Zoom bookcases to Donald Trump's bible... a bibliophile's review of 2020

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The spooky German tale that inspired a Christmas tradition

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The man who turned down Bowie and Bono

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John le Carré - The author who called out government's 'patriotism' as nationalism

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The Soviet hero who turned dissident

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Bad year but good books: My recommendations of 2020

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Sixteen of the best books to give as gifts this Christmas

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The woman behind one of the 20th century's most chilling phrases

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The high flier who became a national hero for France

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The writer who captured the essence of Europe

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The Booker Prize's most bizarre bunfight yet

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How to help the bookshops left teetering by lockdown

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The actress who never took the easy option

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How Europe influenced Robert Louis Stevenson's lesser-known work

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Great European Lives: René Goscinny

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Wilfred Owen - the voice of the fallen

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Jacques Anquetil: The clinical cyclist who never charmed the crowds

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Great European Lives: Henry Dunant

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Book signings - a long gone sign of our times

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Ève Curie - the musician who became an exile

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History at haste.. and heading where in a handcart?

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The book delving into the hidden depths of Venice

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GREAT EUROPEAN LIVES: The life of French sculptor Camille Claudel

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The first great novel of the staycation era

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John Keats, Durdle Door and a fittingly romantic departure

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The tragic truths behind the myths of Edith Piaf

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The singer with 'no voice, no looks and no luck'

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Great European Lives: Anna Magnani

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How coronavirus curbed the pilgrimage

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The life and last days Georgi Markov

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Great European Lives: Victoria Fyodorova

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GREAT EUROPEAN LIVES: Kazimierz Deyna

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The greatest characters in European literature

CHARLIE CONNELLY comes up with the first half of his rundown of the top 20.

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Great European Lives: Soviet and Russian singer songwriter Viktor Tsoi

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GREAT EUROPEAN LIVES: The life of Klaus Nomi

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Great European Lives: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

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The Stasi spy who stayed in the cold

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Great European Lives: Maria Szymanowska – the pioneering Polish pianist

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The life of Nobel Prize winning writer Heinrich Boll

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Jean Moulin: The unlikely national hero who united France’s Nazi resistance

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GREAT EUROPEAN LIVES: Bud Spencer - Europe’s spaghetti western hero

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GREAT EUROPEAN LIVES: Iconic film-maker Jacqueline Audry

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The remarkable story of Ottavio Bottecchia - first Italian to win the Tour de France

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Great European Lives: Joseph Bologne, Chavalier de Saint-Georges

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The death of Charles Dickens and its curious aftermath

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Great Lives: Rocío Jurado

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Giovanni Falcone: the Italian judge who brought the mafia to justice

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GREAT EUROPEAN LIVES: László Kubala

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Walking is what I miss most in lockdown.. by a distance

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Great European Lives: Sergio Leone

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How Europe helped to inspire Shakespeare

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Great European Lives: Marie Tussaud

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The book to transport you during lockdown

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Great European Lives: French feminist and writer Simone de Beauvoir

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Conrad Veidt: The unique life of one of the 20th centuries most memorable film villains

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The life and death of Johan Cruyff

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The seaside saga as sun sets on an era

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GREAT EUROPEAN LIVES: Tamara de Lempicka

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How the Spanish flu is a reminder of mankind’s vulnerability

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The aviation pioneer with the balloon sized ego

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GREAT EUROPEAN LIVES: André Previn

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Great European Lives: Andreas Hofer

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Snow, Dog, Foot: A novel about a modern-day hermit

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The best literary podcasts of 2020

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Martine Carole: The original Parisian bombshell

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The remarkable life of film director Alexander Korda, who shaped views of Britain globally

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The film pioneer that history almost forgot

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The great life of astronomer Caroline Herschel, who catalogued the heavens

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The fast life of De Filippis, the first woman to race in Formula One

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The classical music clown who refused to be cowed

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The best and worst books of 2019

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The author haunted by his country’s and family’s past

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The defiant Dutch writer who faced her fate with dignity

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Stalin’s daughter: The story behind a stunning defection

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The BBC’s War Of The Worlds reboot has arrived at the right time

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The glamorous film star linked to one of history’s most mythologised murders

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Great European Lives: Olga Bergholz

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Finding a home in the Arctic

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Miner celebrity: the real story behind Stalin’s favourite worker

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Great European Lives: Georges Carpentier

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How literature’s awards season descended into squabbling

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Great European Lives: François Truffaut

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Ciaran Carson: Belfast loses its bard

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How well does Ian McEwan’s satire skewer Brexit

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Great European lives: The dancing spy, Mata Hari

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The new book telling the cruel story of Alzheimer’s

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The outsider who found a home on British screens

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Is this the greatest post-Brexit novel so far?

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The Saga of Sagan: The remarkable life and death of France’s fast-living author

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Great European lives: Walter Bonatti

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Great European Lives: The untimely death of the opera-singing Grand Prix champion

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Great European lives: Max Factor

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CHARLIE CONNELLY: Enid Blyton was always controversial

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CHARLIE CONNELLY: The Europhilia of Herman Melville

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GREAT EUROPEAN LIVES: Lydia Litvyak

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Great European Lives: Vladmimir Vysotsky

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Preserve us from the literary pretensions of politicians

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How Ireland’s treatment of writers is fuelling a literary boom Britain may never see

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Great European lives: Gianni Versace

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CHARLIE CONNELLY: The tail of Europe’s greatest legends

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GREAT EUROPEAN LIVES: Marie Curie

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CHARLIE CONNELLY: The greatest literary balls-ups in history

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GREAT EUROPEAN LIVES: Francoise Dorleac

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Great European Lives: Ulrich Inderbinen

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Great European Lives: German silent film actress Brigitte Helm

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A tale of two books: What Jacob Rees-Mogg and Kerry Hudson’s new publications tell us about Britain today

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GREAT EUROPEAN LIVES: Yves Saint Laurent

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Great European Lives: Franca Rame

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CHARLIE CONNELLY: Animal instincts in the Jungle Book

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GREAT EUROPEAN LIVES: Gustav Mahler

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An ode to a better Britain

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Great European Lives: Fridtjof Nansen

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Fire and water: The story of a city slipping under

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Great European Lives: Gino Bartali

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Great European Lives: Thor Heyerdahl

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Shirley Collins: The voice of England’s true soul music

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Great European Lives: Ida and Isidor Straus

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The Big Short: Why quick reads are so underrated

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The strange appeal of a dip in the English Channel

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CHARLIE CONNELLY: The wandering masterpiece that is Brexit’s antidote

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GREAT EUROPEAN LIVES: Maria von Trapp

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Great European Lives: Sarah Bernhardt

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Translated fiction and books that bring a little hope to Britain

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Great European Lives: Lev Yashin

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Great European Lives: F.W Murnau

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Das Reboot

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Great European Lives: Anna Akhmatova

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Great European Lives: Charles Trenet

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GREAT EUROPEAN LIVES: Crime and Punishment author Fyodor Dostoevsky

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GREAT EUROPEAN LIVES: Max Schmeling

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CHARLIE CONNELLY: Grief, glory and the beautiful game

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Great European lives: La Goulue

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Great European Lives: Edvard Munch

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Tragic mystery of a football superstar

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Great European Lives: Lola Montez

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Great European Lives: French author and philosopher Albert Camus

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GREAT EUROPEAN LIVES: Gilda Gray

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Great European Lives: Václav Havel

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Great European Lives: Wassily Kandinsky

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Great European Lives: Alexandre Dumas

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Jonathan Franzen’s puffed-up advice for novelists turned simple by Charlie Connelly

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Great European Lives: Leo Tolstoy

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The day peace began: The first Armistice Day

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CHARLIE CONNELLY: Magic potion of translator who assisted Asterix

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CHARLIE CONNELLY: In the footsteps of the forgotten

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Bach’s long walk to genius

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Great European Lives: Boxer Marcel Cerdan

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Great European Lives: Jean Cocteau

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Great European lives: Anna Politkovskaya

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Great European Lives: Petra Kelly

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Great European Lives: Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal

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‘Intense, eventful and tragic’: Friedrich Holderlin, the Syd Barrett of poetry

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Great European Lives: Lili Elbe

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Great European Lives: Luciano Pavarotti

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The reality behind the rural idyll

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Great European Lives: Bert Trautmann

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Mags of the Day: One man’s fanatical obsession with football programmes

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The Power of the Page: How a book could influence a divisive issue Ireland is set to decide

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A gentleman and a traitor: Britain’s most notorious spy

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Comeback time for cold war classics

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Why I pulled my punches on Milo, says Charlie Connelly

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Great European Lives: Søren Kierkegaard

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Rupert Brooke: Patriotic poetry's perfect poster boy?

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Great European Lives: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

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50 years of Dan the Man

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Chaucer was a remainer

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Great European Lives: Max Linder

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Great European Lives: Roland Garros

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Why European sports books are so hit and miss

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Cities that leap from the page

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From Harold Pinter to Glengarry Glen Ross: The story of David Mamet - the Stateside Shakespeare

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Great European Lives: Paavo Nurmi

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Why libraries must be cherished

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Seeing the good from the trees

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Great European Lives: Karen Blixen

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Inverse outlook: How Germany’s war poets echoed the British

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Spike Milligan’s Puckoon: The slapstick classic that captures the absurdities of Brexit

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Schlump: The tragic story behind a forgotten masterpiece

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This book conjured seriously sinister reactions from obsessed fans

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European Literature: Can we expect Brexit novels in 2017?

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Why Farage and Trump are the poster boys for the Age of the Oaf

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Why I love the Eurostar

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