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Dame Hilary Mantel: the pivotal works of the celebrated author

A workaholic her entire life, Mantel produced some of this century’s greatest historical novels


Lionel Shriver: ‘I’ve lost friends because of my political opinions’

The bestselling author and ‘Woke-baiting’ provocateur has a new book of essays. She talks Brexit, Megxit and alienating people with Patricia Nicol


Blockbuster reads — the best new books for autumn

Clear a physical space in your house and a mental space in your head for this season’s biggest-hitting new releases, says our resident expert bookworm Francesca Brown


Robert Galbraith: Why JK Rowling uses the pseudonym

As the sixth instalment of the book series is released, JK Rowling explains why she used a pen name


Raymond Briggs: If you loved The Snowman, here are his other top books

Charming and melancholy, Briggs’s books are classics for a reason


Best romance books: Try these must-read love stories

From surefire page-turners to coming-of-age classics, these romance books offer true love in literary form


Best thriller books to read in 2022

Whodunnit just got a whole lot juicer


Comic book writer Alan Grant dies at 73, tributes pour in

Tributes from across the comic book industry have flooded in online.


The most beautiful coffee table books to buy right now

From Arabian leopards to Marilyn’s last shoot, Joe Bromley recommends the most luxurious tomes for the summer


Children’s authors on why The Railway Children is an enduring classic

As the long-awaited sequel to The Railway Children hits cinemas, we ask a panel of children’s authors what they think about the original film and book


London’s most popular Harry Potter books

London’s most popular Harry Potter books have been revealed...


Dominic Cummings, Rebecca Solnit and more on the best political books

Top thinkers appearing at the festival have picked out the best of political writing that might just make things seem a bit less mad


How Sally Rooney are you? Take our quiz to find out

Are you a listless intellectual malcontent or just run of the mill?


How London punk rock changed the world (and saved my life)

In his new memoir Alastair McKay reflects on the incredible legacy of Seventies music


8 books to read for better mental health

From eating what you want to learning how to re-connect with your community, here are the Shelf Help Club’s recommended reads to boost your mental health


Your ultimate spring reading list

From buzzy debuts to taut thrillers, acerbic millennial love stories to moving memoirs, Phoebe Luckhurst picks the books to add to your shelf now


Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist announced

Fill up your summer reading list with these books by female authors


Linton Kwesi Johnson: ‘Racism’s still very much in the DNA of the UK’

The legendary dub poet reflects on five decades at the heart of Black activism – and how he’s still fighting now


The Candy House: a disquieting novel about the digital age

Jennifer Egan’s sequel to A Visit from the Goon Squad is fiction’s latest attempt to make sense of where the digital age might be leading us, says Sam Parker


Norman Scott (A Very English Scandal) releases blockbuster biography

The former stable hand, who claimed in court that the Liberal leader Jeremy Thorpe tried to have him killed, has written his side of the story


Kae Tempest on how their latest album was born out of a breakdown

Lockdown gave the artist time to reflect on a difficult period, and make some much-needed changes


French Braid by Anne Tyler review: a quietly radical story

Anne Tyler’s 24th novel is an extraordinarily rich portrait of a family in flux, says Jessie Thompson


Bernardine Evaristo: There is bigotry lurking in the fabric of society

As she is appointed the first Black female President of the Royal Society of Literature, Nick Curtis talks art, politics and representation with Booker winner


World Book Day 2022: Everything you need to know

Children dressing up and £1 book tokens - here’s what you need to know about World Book Day 2022.


The Lion House review: a zoo’s tame compared to Sultan’s court

De Bellaigue’s account of Suleyman the Magnificent is unconventional and gripping, says Melanie McDonagh


World Book Day: The best fiction books to read in 2022

Your reading pile is about to get even higher...


World Book Day: The best non-fiction books to read in 2022

2022 is the year of the memoir - here’s our complete guide to the best new non-fiction arriving this year


Is Lizzie Damilola Blackburn the next Bridget Jones?

Yinka, Where Is Your Huzband? is a witty millennial novel is about love, life and London. Katie Strick meets the Peckham author


Cleopatra and Frankenstein review: a positively inhalable debut

Coco Mellors’s witty, stylish debut about the fall-out from a snap marriage between an older man and a younger woman is nostalgic and very-readable, says Jessie Thompson