Author reveals common questions asked in job interviews

HOW DO YOU FIGHT A HORSE-SIZED DUCK?    by William Poundstone (Oneworld £16.99, 320pp) Jack is looking at Ann. Ann is looking at George. Jack is married, but George is not. Is a married person looking at an unmarried person? If, like me and virtually everyone else who hears this question, you replied ‘It depends on … Read more

Remembering the wood old days! Author says we need ‘small-scale circular economies’

NATURE  THE WOOD AGE  by Roland Ennos (William Collins £20, 336 pp) If your surname is Cooper, Carpenter, Wheelwright, Wainwright, Shipwright, Bowyer, Fletcher, Turner, Bowler, Sawyer or Forester, then one of your ancestors worked with hand tools and wood. One thing this wonderful book reminds you of is the resourcefulness of our forebears, who grew … Read more

CONTEMPORARY | Daily Mail Online

CONTEMPORARY By Sara Lawrence for the Daily Mail Published: 22:01 BST, 20 May 2021 | Updated: 22:01 BST, 20 May 2021 SNOWFLAKE by Louise Nealon (Manilla Press £12.99, 304pp) SNOWFLAKE by Louise Nealon (Manilla Press £12.99, 304pp) This beautifully written debut often takes off on weird, unexpected tangents but becomes even more emotionally intelligent and … Read more

MUST READS | Daily Mail Online

MUST READS By Jane Shilling for the Daily Mail Published: 22:07 BST, 20 May 2021 | Updated: 22:07 BST, 20 May 2021 THE THURSDAY MURDER CLUB by Richard Osman (Penguin £8.99, 400 pp) THE THURSDAY MURDER CLUB   by Richard Osman (Penguin £8.99, 400 pp) Coopers Chase is a genteel retirement home with an excellent restaurant … Read more

David ‘Mr Banks’ Tomlinson took his medicine, landed a part in Mary Poppins – and made a fortune 

BIOGRAPHY DISNEY’S BRITISH GENTLEMAN: THE LIFE AND CAREER OF DAVID TOMLINSON   by Nathan Morley (History Press £20, 255 pp) Where this country excels is in its reliable character actors — Ian Carmichael, John Le Mesurier, Richard Wattis, Robert Morley and, among others, David Tomlinson, whom Noel Coward unforgettably described as looking like ‘a very old … Read more

WHAT BOOK would poet and novelist Sophie Hannah take to a desert island?

…are you reading now? The Maidens by Alex Michaelides. It’s his second psychological thriller, the follow-up to his massive international bestseller, The Silent Patient. I’m halfway through and gripped. So far there’s a murder, a grieving therapist and a Cambridge University college that has many secrets hidden behind its beautiful, historical facade. If you haven’t … Read more