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On Reading Harry Potter As An Adult (and 6 Reasons Why You Should!)

Can a book meant for youngsters actually be enjoyed by adults? Turns out, it can! Here are 6 reasons why you should read Harry Potter as an adult.

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New Book Releases

Releasing in August 2020

A list of all the amazing new books coming out this month!

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Awards & Events

Booker Prize 2020 Longlist

The Booker Prize 2020 longlist is here! Who will you be rooting for?

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Author Spotlight July 2020

Celebrating Cormac McCarthy | Author Spotlight

Cormac McCarthy, one of the greatest American novelists, and one of my favourite writers, celebrates his 87th birthday today. Here’s a quick snapshot of his life. 

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Book Reviews July 2020

Life Laid Bare by Jean Hatzfeld | Book Review

14 survivors of the Rwandan genocide provide first-hand, eyewitness accounts in Life Laid Bare, a heart-rending book by French journalist, Jean Hatzfeld.

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Book Reviews July 2020

A Change of Climate by Hilary Mantel | Book Review

Hilary Mantel’s A Change of Climate is a superb study into the nature of good and evil.

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Author Spotlight July 2020

Celebrating Amitav Ghosh | Author Spotlight

Amitav Ghosh turns 64 today! We are sharing our love for the master storyteller through a short snapshot of his life.

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Book Reviews July 2020

We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families by Philip Gourevitch | Book Review

800,000 people. Killed in 100 days. The ugly history of the Rwandan genocide of 1994 and its haunting aftermath is the subject of this mind-numbing book by Philip Gourevitch

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Author Spotlight July 2020

Celebrating Hilary Mantel | Author Spotlight

Hilary Mantel, one of our favourite writers, turns 68 today. So we decided to share our appreciation of her and provide a short snapshot of her life.

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New Book Releases

Releasing in July 2020

A list of all the amazing new books coming out this month!

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Book Lists July 2020

22 Must Read Books About Rwanda

A treasure trove of essential books you must read about Rwanda

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July 2020 Magazine Issue

July 2020 Issue | Rwanda

Exploring Rwanda through literature this month

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Book Reviews

India After Gandhi by Ramachandra Guha

No other book comes as close to Ramachandra Guha’s India After Gandhi in telling us the story of modern India. Meticulously researched and fascinating, this should be one of our mandatory reads!

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New Book Releases

Releasing in June 2020

A whole bunch of exciting books releasing this month!

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Book Reviews

The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison Weir

Six wives of King Henry VIII. Each of whom was a fascinating person in her own right. This is the detailed account of each of those women whose fate lay in the hands of one of England’s most famous kings.

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New Book Releases

Releasing in May 2020

Find out which new books are releasing this month!

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Book Reviews

Followers by Megan Angelo

An extremely original and thought-provoking novel, Followers by Megan Angelo, delves into the nature of friendship, belonging and loneliness in an Internet obsessed society and its implications for the future.

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New Book Releases

Releasing in April 2020

Ready to add new books to your TBR pile? Here are some exciting books releasing this month!

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New Book Releases

Releasing In March 2020

Which of these will you be reading in March?

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Book Reviews

The Magical Language of Others by E J Koh

The Magical Language of Others is a memoir by E J Koh that spans multiple generations and explores the complexities of transgressions that mothers and daughters commit, hard-won selfhood and the deeply painful but loving bonds one has to family, places, and memories.

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Book Reviews

Lady Clementine by Marie Benedict

Lady Clementine is a first-person fictional account of Clementine, wife of Winston Churchill, who played an extremely influential role in her husband’s life and in the politics of her time.

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Book Reviews

An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro

In a story of accountability and guilt, an aging Japanese painter reminisces and takes stock of his past in the aftermath of World War II to understand if he truly is culpable for the decisions he made before and during the war

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Book Reviews

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

Inspired by his own true adventures, Gary Paulsen’s Hatchet, published in 1986, is a spellbinding story of survival and transformation for young adults

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Book Reviews

Ablaze: The Story of the Heroes and Victims of Chernobyl by Piers Paul Read

Ablaze is a meticulously researched account of events leading to the Chernobyl nuclear explosion; the confusion, the secrecy and the lies that reigned in its aftermath; and the eventual fall of the Soviet Union.

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New Book Releases

Releasing In January 2020

Which of these will you be reading in January?

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January 2020 Magazine Issue

January 2020 Issue | 1986

Join us on a literary exploration of the year 1986 this month

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Book Reviews

The Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran

Nefertari, a forgotten princess, must fight against her past, earn the love of Egypt’s people and win a place for herself by the man she loves, Pharaoh Ramesses II

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Book Reviews

The Measure of Our Lives by Toni Morrison

The Measure of Our Lives is a keepsake for the fans of Toni Morrison that highlights some of the best quotations from her fictional and non-fictional work

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Book Reviews

The Instigators by David Wolman

What can a group of organized youngsters and social media do together? Well, they can (and did) start a revolution and topple an entire government.

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Book Reviews

Cairo – The City Victorious by Max Rodenbeck

In Cairo – The City Victorious, Max Rodenbeck takes his readers on a fascinating journey spanning 5,000 years through a city that has never stopped reinventing itself.

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New Book Releases

Releasing In December 2019

Find out which books are going to hit the bookshelves in December 2019.

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December 2019 Magazine Issue

December 2019 Issue | Egypt

Join us on an intellectually stimulating adventure as we explore Egypt through literature this month.

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Features

How The Book Has Changed Over Time

The book form has undergone a tremendous reincarnation over the ages. Find out how far they’ve come in the last 5,500 years.

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Book Reviews November 2019

The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable by Amitav Ghosh

The Great Derangement is a frightening, albeit a realistic discourse on the current climate change crisis and its effects, especially on the peoples of Asia.

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Book Reviews

A Bridge For Passing by Pearl S Buck

This book is an intimate, candid narration of Pearl S Buck’s personal journey as she crosses the bridge from marriage to widowhood.

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Book Reviews

The Ten Types of Human: Who We Are, and Who We Can Be by Dexter Dias

Who are we when pushed to the edges of our human boundaries? What all are we capable of in extreme situations? Dexter Dias seeks to answer some of the most complex moral dilemmas of our age, through real interviews and latest scientific research, in this book of massive proportions.

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Magazine Issue November 2019

Introducing November 2019 Issue | Change

Starting this month, we will be transforming Of B&B into a magazine, the way we had originally intended it to be. Every month, we will select a theme and explore literature through the lens of that theme. Sounds exciting?

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New Book Releases

Releasing In November 2019

From books by some of our favorite authors to works on topics we are deeply interested in, here’s a list of the book releases we are eagerly anticipating this month!

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New Book Releases

Releasing In October 2019

It’s going to be raining books this month! What will you be reading?

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New Book Releases

Releasing In September 2019

A lot of interesting titles coming up in September! Which ones will you be reading?

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Book Reviews

The Holy Blood and The Holy Grail by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh, and Henry Lincoln

The Holy Blood and The Holy Grail, remains to this day, one of the most successful conspiracy theory books ever written. What makes it so controversial?

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New Book Releases

Releasing In August 2019

Which new books will you discover in August?

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New Book Releases

Releasing In July 2019

Which new book releases will you discover in July?

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Features

How Do You Design “Lolita”?

Designing “Lolita” makes one examine the lust for literature, the lust for design, and the subject of the book itself – which is lust

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New Book Releases

Releasing In June 2019

Eagerly waiting to get hold of some of these book releasing in June

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New Book Releases

Releasing In May 2019

A select list of new releases from some of our favorite authors and our favorite genres that are set to hit the shelves this month.

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On Essays & Articles

Introducing Myself by Ursula K. Le Guin

In this provocative, sarcastic and powerful essay, Ursula Le Guin examines gender stereotypes, feminism and identity

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New Book Releases

Releasing In April 2019

A select list of new releases from some of our favorite authors and our favorite genres that are set to hit the shelves this month.

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Book Reviews

Hippie by Paulo Coelho

Hippie, Paulo Coelho’s most autobiographical book, is a nostalgic trip down memory lane about his days as a hippie, and is a beautiful story about friendship, love, the search for meaning and realizing that getting closer to oneself demands many tough choices.

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New Book Releases

Releasing In March 2019

We love the sight of a fresh month. New things to add to our monthly planners including reading plans for some new releases from our favorite authors and genres. Check out what’s releasing in March.

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Writer's Desk

The Technique Of Writing A Novel Using Sideshadowing

Sideshadowing allows the reader to stop looking at the narrative and its timeline linearly and instead consider the set of alternate possibilities, viewing time as “open” just as in real life.

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New Book Releases

Releasing In February 2019

Find out which books are all set to release in February 2019 that have us so excited!

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Book Reviews

Red Sorghum by Mo Yan

Red Sorghum is a novel about the brutal terror, pillage and rape that innocent civilians had to face in the dark days of the Chinese civil war and the Sino-Japanese war in the 1930s.

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Features

The Best Books of 2018

2018 was a great year for Of B&B as we started out on an adventure to bring literature into mainstream dialogue. From poetry to feminist non-fiction, scandalising history to psychology, we discovered some very interesting and insightful books in the past year. Here are some of our favourites that we absolutely recommend to our readers.

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New Book Releases

Releasing In January 2019

It’s a brand new year! 2019 is going to be an interesting time for us. More features in our magazine, more interviews and of course, more new books to read. Here’s what we are looking forward to in January

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On Essays & Articles

The Power of Persuasion by Mario Vargas Llosa

This week, we read the essay, The Power of Persuasion by Mario Vargas Llosa from his book, Letters to a Young Novelist. Llosa shares some great advice for writers, talking about a novel’s form and how, in great novels, form and content are not really separate from each other.

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Interviews

Dr. Mini Chandran: On Literary Censorship in India

This week, we spoke to Dr. Mini Chandran, a professor at IIT Kanpur and an expert on literary censorship to understand its state in India, the circumstances in which it thrives and the true cost of it on writers.

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Interviews

Rajendra Nagar: On Linguistic Fossils, Literature and The Human Race

Rajendra Nagar, a historian and writer talks about the importance of literature, how it has shaped the human race and how a single word brought about all the stories we know, speak of and create today.

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New Book Releases

Releasing In December 2018

We can’t wait to get our hands on some of these books releasing in December.

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Writer's Desk

Gothic Fiction is Not Horror. Not Always.

To my mind, for a number of years, the gothic genre meant horror. Eerie looking witches. Haunted castles. High-pitched screams. Dark. Damp. Depressing. But that’s not all that the genre is.

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Author Spotlight Book Reviews

Suttree by Cormac McCarthy

Humans are so full of silences and screams and suspense that we look forward to the next day with equal parts enthusiasm and equal parts anxiety. Thoughts of doom and death are never far from one’s mind. Suttree, difficult though its prose is, makes all this vocal, almost visual.

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Interviews

Alenka Sottler: On Faces on Covers, Book Illustrations and Slovenia

Alenka Sottler, an award-winning Slovenian painter and illustrator, talks about her love for painting and literature, the art of illustration and the immense power that depicting human faces on book covers can have on readers.

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New Book Releases

Releasing In November 2018

What’s new this November? Check out some of the books we are eagerly anticipating!

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Book Reviews

Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari

Once upon a time, six human species roamed the Earth. Now, only one does. What happened to the others? How did Sapiens gain dominance of the entire world? How did we progress through history, build empires, become a global community that we are today? More importantly, what does it truly tell us about ourselves and where we are headed?

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New Book Releases

Releasing In October 2018

It’s that time of the month when we take a look at upcoming books we are eagerly awaiting. From new releases from some of our favourite authors, to books from our favourite genres, here is a select list that we are looking forward to getting our hands on in October.

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Features

The Bibliophile’s Affair with Instagram

“Don’t judge a book by its cover”. And yet, a lot of Instagrammers are obsessed with showing us their reads. Is this plain vanity? Or does it speak of a deeper love?

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Writer's Desk

How Foreshadowing Can Elevate Your Story

Great storytelling is more just a great story idea. If it’s not written well, the reader is unlikely to be entertained enough to want to read through till the end of your novel. This where a literary device like foreshadowing can lend massive depth to your plot, to the characters and to the dramatic effect, something you cannot afford to leave out if you want your readers to be hooked to your book.

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Book Reviews

Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini

War. Destruction. The never after. In Sea Prayer, a beautifully written, poignant piece, Khaled Hosseini commemorates the death of Alan Khurdi, the 3-year-old Syrian boy whose body washed ashore the coast of Turkey in 2015 as he tried to flee a war-torn Syria, by way of the sea. The image of Alan’s lifeless body sparked a massive emotional response, opening the eyes of the rest of the world to the horrors of the Syrian situation and the trauma of refugees.

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New Book Releases

Releasing In September 2018

Ah, new books! Every bookworm’s delight. It’s time to take a look at the ones that are expected to be up for grabs in September. Here is a select list from some of our favourite authors that we are eagerly awaiting!

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Book Reviews

Human Traces by Sebastian Faulks

What does it mean to be human? Is madness the price we pay for it? Sebastian Faulks explores this fragile thread that connects human consciousness with the depravity of the mind in his novel, Human Traces.

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Features

Why Celebrate Literature

In an age where ‘Netflix and chill’ is the preferred weekend pursuit (don’t get us wrong, we indulge in it too), the question we are asking is – Does literature have any value today?