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Writers vs the Internet

September 5, 2012
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Writers vs the Internet

In the acknowledgements of her new novel NW, along with the names of friends, family, editors and publishers, Zadie Smith also thanks freedom and self-control “for creating the time”. Every writer needs the freedom to be creative and the self-control to stick with a project, but Smith has something rather more 21st century in mind

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Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters

August 20, 2012
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Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters

A group of record company executives, sitting down to sketch the perfect rock star, may well come up with someone a little like Dave Grohl. He has the look – long, thick black hair; he has the talent – he plays the drums, guitar and…

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The Millionaire Authors’ Club

May 18, 2012
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You think writers live in garrets? Think again. Carl Wilkinson introduces the Millionaire’s Club, an exclusive band of authors whose books have sold more than a million copies.

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Land of the midnight sunbathing

March 2, 2012
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Land of the midnight sunbathing

The Lofoten Islands look like they’ve been drawn by a child with an over-active imagination. Glimpsed through the windows of the noisy Dash-8 aircraft as I came in to land…

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Valley girl

October 28, 2011
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Valley girl

On the set of 'Resistance', a freezing mist swirls across the slopes of the exposed Welsh hillside where we have been standing since dawn. Trailed by the cameraman, sound engineer…

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Escape to the archipelago

August 19, 2011
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Escape to the archipelago

Today, almost 60 per cent of Swedes have access to a summer house and, for those living in Stockholm, the summer is an opportunity to flee the city for the…

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