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30 excellent bookshop windows from around the world.

33 hilariously terrible first sentences.

James Joyce wrote lying on his stomach in bed, with a large blue pencil, clad in a white coat, and composed most of Finnegans Wake with crayon pieces on cardboard. The odd habits and curious customs of famous writers.

The lost slumgullions of English: how to write a realistic historical novel.

An elephant mysteriously vanishes. A giant frog is waiting in your apartment. Your cat mysteriously vanishes. Two moons hang in the sky. Your wife mysteriously vanishes. Are you in a Haruki Murakami novel?

Hot dating tips from Russian literature. Prince Stepan Arkadyevich Oblonsky, you cad.

A brief history of stupid book bans. (As though all book bans weren’t stupid.)

Well, maybe not these ones.

‘For women, the best aphrodisiacs are words’ and other sex advice from famous authors.