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Is reading better for you than a spa?

You’ve heard of yoga retreats and spa retreats, and you’ve probably heard of creative writing or painting retreats but could the next big thing in relaxation be a reading retreat? I went to Thorpeness in Suffolk to join a group of people who’ve chosen to go on holiday with just their books. Cressida Downing apologises that dinner’s five minutes late tonight but they had to wait, she explains, for Annie to finish her chapter. No one seems to have noticed anyway. Helen’s having an animated conversation with Nynka about the…

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Books look ahead 2018: What will you be reading this year?

It’s the time of year to switch your phone off, put the kettle on, grab a blanket and get between the covers – of a good book that is. But what to choose? 2018 promises a cornucopia of treats for lovers of fiction and non-fiction alike, with everything from twisty thrillers to big-hearted stories of friendship. Here’s a selection of some of the books from big names – and hotly-anticipated debut writers – that you’ll be seeing on the shelves this year. If you liked The Trouble with Goats and…

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Reading 2-2 Cardiff: Late strikes from Joe Bennett and Lee Tomlin denies Royals win

Lee Tomlin scored in stoppage time as Cardiff came from two goals down to snatch a 2-2 draw at Reading. A Callum Paterson own goal and a Mo Barrow effort gave the hosts a 2-0 lead but, after manager Neil Warnock was sent to the stands, the Bluebirds scored twice in the last seven minutes to earn a point. Joe Bennett pulled one back before Tomlin’s shot was deemed to have crossed the goalline after bouncing down off the crossbar. The comeback saw Cardiff close the gap to Championship leaders…

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Katherine Faw, Alice McDermott, and More: What We’re Reading This Week

“Ultraluminous,” by Katherine Faw I recently devoured “Ultraluminous,” by Katherine Faw, which will be published in December—“inhaled” might be the better verb, since the novel’s narrator is chiefly motivated by heroin. She’s a high-end prostitute who has just returned to New York after ten years in Dubai, and quickly establishes a roster of clients: “art guy,” who lives in a luxury condo in Williamsburg and takes her gallery-hopping; “calf’s brain guy,” who takes her to exotic dinners at trendy restaurants; “junk-bond guy,” now retired to the apartment he shares with…

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Championship news: Reading sign Sone Aluko from Fulham

The Royals are said to have shelled out £7.5million for the forward Tuesday, August 29, 2017 Sone Aluko has joined Reading from Sky Bet Championship rivals Fulham on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee. Reports suggest Aluko has become the Royals’ club-record signing, with the 28-year-old costing around £7.5million. Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic urged the club not to sell the forward when Reading’s interest first became known earlier this summer, but a deal has now been struck for a player who scored nine goals for the Cottagers last season….

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CONFIRMED! Dave Edwards ends nine-and-a-half year stay at Wolverhampton Wanderers as midfielder signs for Reading

Dave Edwards Saturday, August 26, 2017 Reading have announced the signing of Welsh international midfielder Dave Edwards on a two-year deal from Wolverhampton Wanderers. The 31-year-old midfielder has brought his nine-and-a-half year stay at Molineux to an end and opted to join Jaap Stam’s Royals squad. Edwards brings with him a wealth of experience, after making over 300 appearances for Wolves, and will join fellow Welshman Chris Gunter at the Madejski Stadium. Chief Executive Ron Gourlay said, “It is always so important to strike the right balance between youth and…

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Jaap Stam: Reading manager signs new two-year deal at the Madejski Stadium

Jaap Stam has penned a new two-year deal with Reading Tuesday, July 4, 2017 Jaap Stam has pledged his future to Reading by signing a new two-year deal at the Madejski Stadium. Stam’s previous contract was due to expire in 2018 but the Dutchman has been rewarded after guiding the Royals to the Championship play-off final, where they were beaten in a penalty shoot-out by Huddersfield. The club’s new majority shareholders Dai Yongge and Dai Xiu Li were keen to ensure 44-year-old Stam was not prised away by other clubs…

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