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Editorial: Parallel Play

When we think about the respect for “private reading” that Betty Carter calls for in her article on page 525, what tends to come to mind first is the quiet book, or the book that broaches an intimate problem or topic. But the excellence of Betty’s point is demonstrated no better than by a very […]

Foreign Correspondence: The Curious Incident of the BBC Radio Show

“Why are we all reading children’s books?” That was the question raised in February by the acerbic cultural critic Norman Lebrecht on Radio 3, the BBC’s high-brow arts station. He grappled with the question with the aid of a panel consisting of children’s writers Anne Fine and Anthony Horowitz; Howard Jacobson, acclaimed author of adult […]