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Words which sound similar but have very different histories: Cervix, Service, Surface and Survey

What do Cervix and Survey have in common? Nothing except some bonkers examples of etymology in action.

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Everyday Enlightenment, by His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa

This book doesn’t claim to make you a better business leader, but will make you reconsider what you believe about success and survival.

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Bride Wars: the feminine message hiding in plain sight

Bride Wars is not a feminist movie, but it does reveal many things about gender roles and, more specifically, what it means to be a woman. So what does it have to say about femininity?

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Wide Sargasso Sea, by Jean Rhys

Wide Sargasso Sea is an origin story for Jane Eyre’s insane Mrs Rochester. Her history is one of blame, black magic and betrayal.

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Success, by Martin Amis

Success looks an awful lot like failure in Martin Amis’s novel. Half-brothers Gregory and Terry trade places in this sharp-edged tale of class warfare.

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Don’t look now, by Daphne du Maurier

Readers who come to du Maurier’s short story collection ‘Don’t Look Now’ may be disappointed – not because the writing is bad, but because it’s too good.