Hannah Skellern

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Nelson Mandela: Nobel laureates JM Coetzee and Nadine Gordimer pay tribute

South African authors JM Coetzee and Nadine Gordimer pay tribute to their former president<p>Two of South Africa's greatest novelists Nadine Gordimer and JM Coetzee have paid tribute to the late <b>Nelson Mandela</b>. Gordimer wrote in <b>The New Yorker</b>that she had attended his 1964 trial when he was sentenced to …

The A-Z of northern fiction

From the bonny beck to the kitchen sink and Heathcliff to the angry young men, Frances Wilson explores the personality of writing from the north of …

The 12 books of Christmas

Meet an older (not wiser) Bridget, a gumshoe priest and Mrs Bennet's grumpy maid - heroes all in our critics' novel of the year<p>CONTEMPORARY …

The best fiction of 2013

Two novels will loom large under Christmas trees this year: Eleanor Catton's record-breaking Booker winner (longest novel, youngest author) <b>The Luminaries</b> (Granta), and Donna Tartt's vast study of art and loss, <b>The Goldfinch</b> (Little, Brown). Tartt's story of a young boy whose life is knocked off …