Book of the Week. Plus: Wonder Woman, intelligent spider webs and the rich red food of Juneteenth

714lCCv9XSLWonderful news: ‘The Secret Lives of Colour’ will be BBC Radio 4’s book of the week beginning on Monday morning at 9.45.¬†This caps off a very busy few months for the book: the Dutch edition was chosen as De Wereld Draait’s book of the month, which promptly propelled it into the bestseller charts, and the Spanish, American and German editions all now have covers and publication dates. It has been incredibly heartening to see the book doing so well out in the wild, particularly since I am once again hacking through a forest of research and drafts for a new project. This is the stage when my email inbox becomes an intimidatingly overgrown tangle, my social life withers and my conversation turns monoculture: preemptive apologies to everyone who comes into contact with me over the next five months, here’s hoping the fruits are worth the labour!

Here are a selection of the pieces that caught my eye this month. Enjoy

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If you haven’t already read Anthony Lane’s brilliant article ‘The Book of Jeremy Corbyn‘ you are in for a treat

The success of ‘Wonder Woman’ at the box office is doubly wonderful for women: its huge domestic opening will hopefully pave the way for more strong female roles in blockbuster films, and it was the biggest US opening for a female director. Praise be. It also gives me a chance to mention Jill Lepore’s fabulous and strange The Secret History of Wonder Woman, published a couple of years ago. I highly recommend it

The identity of “Unkown“: an investigation into a 47-year-old Harlem cold case

Why ‘The Witcher‘ by Polish author¬†Andrzej Sapkowski may be the next Game of Thrones

Juneteenth, the day Lincoln passed the Emancipation Proclamation over 150 years ago, is celebrated by African-Americans with a rich variety of red foods: watermelon, kola nuts, red velvet cake, strawberry pie… Although cheerful to look at, the crimson colour symbolises the resilience, ingenuity and blood of slaves

The dawn of a new blue crayon

A bold new theory argues that webs might be an extension of a spider’s cognitive system, part of an “extended” mind. And if you find that creepy, you might not want to find out how one devious family of spiders spin webs that get stronger in response to the chemicals in insects’ shells

ATN spoke to Peter Frankopan about his best-selling book The Silk Roads

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