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Lyndall Gordon

The inner life is a mystery but the best biographies expose the hidden kernel of a person, says the biographer. She picks five books that push the boundaries of the genre, and compares documentary and imaginative truth

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Book of the Day


The Hungover Cookbook

by Milton Crawford


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