Tunnel 29 by Helena Merriman review – escape to the west | History books

[ad_1] It was a plan that seemed to defy not just caution but geography: to build a tunnel to help East Germans escape to the west – in cold war Berlin, of all places. To this day the preponderance of Berlin street names ending in “damm” reminds locals that the German capital is mainly built … Read more

The Infernal Riddle of Thomas Peach – a homage to 18th-century fiction | Fiction

[ad_1] This novel is a virtuoso performance. A literary homage to Fielding and Sterne, it tells the story of Thomas Peach, who moves to a remote corner of Somerset in 1785 to nurse his ailing wife. But his wife is never seen, and gossip is rife. Is Mr Peach “a scholar of mysterious arts”, and … Read more

What You Can See from Here by Mariana Leky review – a tonic in troubled times | Fiction in translation

[ad_1] The okapi lives in the Democratic Republic of Congo, its glossy brown body sloping up from zebra-striped legs. It’s an unlikely presence in western Germany, but that’s not why Selma is unsettled when she sees one, calmly wandering the woods of the Westerwald in her dreams. Selma is scared because every time she dreams … Read more

Being You by Professor Anil Seth review – the exhilarating new science of consciousness | Science and nature books

[ad_1] For every stoner who has been overcome with profound insight and drawled, “Reality is a construct, maaan,” here is the astonishing affirmation. Reality – or, at least, our perception of it – is a “controlled hallucination”, according to the neuroscientist Anil Seth. Everything we see, hear and perceive around us, our whole beautiful world, … Read more

Why do so few men read books by women? | Books

[ad_1] The byline at the top of this piece reads MA Sieghart, not Mary Ann. Why? Because I really want men to read it too. Female authors through the centuries, from the Brontë sisters to George Eliot to JK Rowling, have felt obliged to disguise their gender to persuade boys and men to read their … Read more

Summer in the city: Lauren Oyler on a bike accident in Berlin | Books

[ad_1] Every summer when I come to Berlin, someone says, “Wouldn’t you rather be at the beach?” No. I want to drink beer from the Späti (corner shop) and marvel at the sudden appearance of disparate architectures. But increasingly, there are heatwaves. If pressed, even these I can romanticise: everyone is carefree and dirty (even … Read more

The new award from the Women’s prize should scrap its age limit | Books

[ad_1] Last week, the Women’s prize announced a new award in partnership with Good Housekeeping magazine. “Futures” will provide promotional support to 10 female writers of fiction in the UK and Ireland who have published one book. The award, however, has an age limit of 35. It’s great to encourage young writers, so what’s the … Read more

‘We always see sex from the man’s view’: Cammie Toloui, the peep show performer who peeped back | Culture

[ad_1] “As a rebellious preteen, I sat down and made a list of my life goals,” writes Cammie Toloui in her photobook 5 Dollars for 3 Minutes. “It was pretty simple: 1. Sex. 2. Drugs. 3. Rock’n’roll.” Born in the San Francisco Bay Area in the Summer of Love, Toloui was in the right place … Read more

Dear Diary: how keeping a journal can bring you daily peace | Life and style

[ad_1] I still get funny looks from people when I mention that I keep a diary. Maybe the practice strikes them as shifty or weirdly old-fashioned. It’s true that I never feel more furtive than when my wife finds me writing it at our kitchen table – it’s like being spotted entering a confessional box … Read more