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Hisham Matar's writing day:
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Don't miss this. China spoke brilliantly about it in Bristol in early May.
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Al Franken on what he's reading, read, loved and ideal literary dinner guests: '“Literary dinner party”? Boring!!!'
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Al Franken on what he would advise President Trump to read:
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Yuval Noah Harari on humans and post-truth. Good reading ahead of our session with Evan Davis 10 June.
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