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Interview: Baroness James, detective novelist

I was setting out to be a good serious novelist, and I thought detec­tive fiction would be a wonder­ful apprenticeship. It’s quite difficult to write a detective story well. I’d read them as an adolescent — Dor­othy L. Sayers and Margery Alling­ham more than Agatha Christie — and I thought I could do it. It’s a popular form, and I thought they would be acceptable to a publisher.

I love structure in a novel. For that reason ...

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House for Duty Priest

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THE DIOCESE OF ST DAVIDS wishes to appoint a HOUSE FOR DUTY PRIEST TO SERVE IN THE PARISHES OF ST DOGMAELS & NEVERN & MONINGTON. The parishes comprise the village of St Dogmaels with the ru...  Read More

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New home, with room to grow

New home, with room to grow

The Greenbelt Festival made its first appearance at Boughton House. Paul Handley introduces our review of the weekend's events  Subscribe to read more

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Why boosts to self-esteem don’t cure all ills

Encouraging people to believe that they are special can be counter-productive, argues Glynn Harrison  Subscribe to read more

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