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Dear FiveBooks Readers,

This week began with _Guardian_ theatre critic Michael Billington, who chose
  works on 20^th-Century Theatre, and ended with mouth-watering cookery books
  suggested by the authors of a wonderful new [1]Persian cooking guide. In
  between, we brought you conversations with the likes of Patrick French and
  Timothy Garton Ash. You’ll find them all at the links below.
    Links:
      1. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/new-persian-cooking-fresh-approach-classic-cuisine-iran-by-jila-dana-haeri-and-shahrzad

Today’s FiveBooks interview is with [2]Mark Malloch Brown, former UN Chief
  of Staff under Kofi Annan, who’s chosen books on Globalisation by William
  Shawcross, Strobe Talbott and James Harding, among others.
    Links:
      2. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/mark-malloch-brown-on-globalisation

FiveBooks News

[3]Michael Billington on 20th-Century Theatre
    Links:
      3. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/michael-billington-on-20th-century-theatre

Monday April 11th

Britain’s most experienced theatre critic selects five essential books for
  understanding 20th-century drama, from the birth of Method acting to the
  stresses of running a national theatre [4]Continue reading…
    Links:
      4. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/michael-billington-on-20th-century-theatre

[5]Bruce Cumings on the Korean War
    Links:
      5. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/bruce-cumings-on-korean-war

Tuesday April 12th

Award-winning Koreanologist from the University of Chicago discusses the
  U.S.’s  influence  over  the  narrative  of  the  Korean  War, and the
  misconceptions many people still hold [6]Continue reading…
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/bruce-cumings-on-korean-war

[7]Andrew Lawson on Garden Photography
    Links:
      7. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/andrew-lawson-on-garden-photography

Wednesday April 13th

One of the world's leading garden photographers talks us through the many
  different styles employed in his field [8]Continue reading…
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/andrew-lawson-on-garden-photography

[9]Patrick French on India
    Links:
      9. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/patrick-french-on-india

Thursday April 14th

Author  of  acclaimed  new  work _India: A Portrait_ takes us around the
  world’s largest democracy, from the dance bars of Bombay to Kerala crab
  curry on the Southwest coast [10]Continue reading…
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/patrick-french-on-india

[11]Timothy Garton Ash on The History of the Present
    Links:
      11. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/timothy-garton-ash-on-history-present

Friday April 15th

Historian and journalist Timothy Garton Ash describes the "mongrel genre"
  between reportage and scholarship and says using the historian’s tools to
  analyse the present is a vital undertaking [12]Continue reading…
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/timothy-garton-ash-on-history-present

[13]Jila Dana-Haeri and Shahrzad Ghorashian on Persian Cookery
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/jila-dana-haeri-and-shahrzad-ghorashian-on-persian-cookery

Sunday April 17th

Cookbook  authors  describe  their favourite Persian treats, including
  mouth-watering lattice window syrup cakes and rice with saffron and morello
  cherries [14]Continue reading…
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/jila-dana-haeri-and-shahrzad-ghorashian-on-persian-cookery

[15]I Crushed My Million-Pound Violin
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/eKeuNG

David Garrett | Guardian | 16 April 2011

Musician's fatal slip outside concert hall. "Still wearing my flat-soled
  concert shoes, I lost my footing and took the entire flight of steps on my
  back, riding the violin case like a sledge". Before: 1772 violin. After:
  splinters

Featured Topic

[16]American Conservatism
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/topics/american-conservatism

Bemused by the recent emergence of the Tea Party and radical politics in the
  US? Read on to get a truly comprehensive overview of American Conservatism

Book of the Week

[17]Diaries: The story of a dramatic battle by Peter Hall
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/diaries-story-dramatic-battle-by-peter-hall

[18]Michael Billington says: “It's a dangerous book, this. If I pick it up
  at an idle moment at 3 o’clock in the afternoon when I'm at home, I then
  find at 4 o’clock I'm still reading it, because I can't stop. Anyone who
  wants to go into the theatre as a director or actor or administrator should
  read it, because it just tells you it’s not going to be easy.”
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/michael-billington-on-20th-century-theatre

Video of the Week

[19]JK Royal Wedding Dance
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/videos/jks-royal-wedding

The British Royal Family is aware of all internet traditions. As is T-Mobile

Quote of the Week

[20]David Foster Wallace, on self-help
    Links:
      20. http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/d20a33a2-66e1-11e0-8d88-00144feab49a.html#axzz1JdDA89ZB

"If you are immune to boredom, there is literally nothing you cannot
    accomplish"

Reader Recommendations

@_sophiemaynard_ I love it! Most people can't tell the difference between
  expensive wine and plonk. http://bit.ly/fRexBN [22]#browsings
    Links:
      22. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings

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