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Pachinko: A saga that is hard to put down

'Pachinko' by Min Jin Lee.

Pachinko is an intergenerational narrative with the unputdownable quality of soap plus the satisfactions of prose that can disclose realities and a set of interconnected stories that mirror the movement of history.

Uncle Dave and the Russian spy

Donald MacLean in Moscow in 1964.

As Russian diplomats are expelled following the poisoning of Sergei Skripal, I am reminded of my uncle Dave's friend Donald Maclean.

Face it – emojis add texture to text

Illustration: Simon Letch

Every day, humans issue six billion electronic messages, more and more marbled with emoji. Like gestures, like prosody, our pictographs work best in concert with language.