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Dhaka: where a literary festival can still make a difference

The annual event in Bangladesh is a celebration of ideas in an old-fashioned sense, writes Ed Cumming, it provides a space for thoughts the political leaders might not want to hear

The 40 best books to read before you die

Losing yourself in a great novel is one of life’s joys. Here our critics Ceri Radford and Chris Harvey pick the books you need to read