FiveBooks Newsletter 21

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Dear FiveBooks Readers,

This week our interviews cover subjects from Turkey and terrorism to pain,
worry and...historical novels!
I hope you'll enjoy reading them.

_[1]Elif Shafak on Turkey_
Monday, November 8th
The award-winning Turkish novelist says the fact that her country has not
been colonised by western powers in the past sets it apart from many other
Muslim societies. Reading about Turkey, she says, will help people gain a
more  nuanced insight into both the region and into contemporary world

_[2]Jessica Stern on Who Terrorists Are_
Tuesday, November 9th
One of the world’s foremost experts on terrorism says terrorism, like war,
simplifies life. There is an enemy. The enemy is evil, and we are good.
There is a reason for living and all the ordinary confusion of life falls
away. Terrorism provides a kind of high for the perpetrators. She chooses
five books on why terrorists do it.

_[3]David Biro on Pain_
Wednesday November 10th
The professor of dermatology talks about the ferocious inwardness and the
aching solitude of pain. Pain, both physical and psychological, produces a
sense of loneliness which, in turn, exacerbates the pain. He chooses the
best five books on describing pain.

_[4]Vanora Bennett on Historical Fiction_
Thursday, November 11th
The writer and reporter chooses her top five historical novels – sleigh
rides in the snow, murder in a monastery, grisly 17th-century dissections,
lesbian oyster girls and Anne Boleyn as a bug-eyed sparrow on speed.

_[5]Steven Amsterdam on Worry_
Friday, November 12th
The author chooses five books with anxiety at their heart – obsessional
love, chronic neurosis, conspiracy theory paranoia, existential angst – the
novels, from Nabokov to Philip Roth, set readers’ nerves on edge and fill us
with a gnawing worry.

_[6]Jeremy Duns on Forgotten Cold War Thrillers_
Saturday, November 13th
Author Jeremy Duns says Maksim Isaev was a kind of Soviet James Bond and
when they rerun the old black and white TV shows the Russian crime rate
drops because everyone is indoors watching them. He chooses five forgotten
Cold War thrillers.

Have a great week.


Anna Blundy

Editor, FiveBooks

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