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15 creative parents who raised the bar in 2014

Some parents go above and beyond posting cute pictures of their kids on Facebook.<p>Whether they're bringing new life into the world or just bringing …

Creative writing: when characters are difficult to get on with

Even authors as seasoned as Stephen King often struggle to fully imagine their inventions and once they have, the relationship can remain very uneasy<p>Characters don’t always do what you want. Sometimes they cause mischief, take on lives of their own, or even work against you. It’s not just a problem …

Revival by Stephen King review – ‘the best opening he has ever written’

Stephen King’s latest mystery, set in smalltown, baby-boomer America, starts off strongly but loses its way<p>Stephen King: on alcoholism and returning to The Shining<p>It’s billed as possessing “the most terrifying conclusion Stephen King has ever written” – some claim given this is the man who wrote</i> …

'You Have To F*cking Eat' Is Even Funnier When Read By Stephen Fry

Earlier this week, Audible released a clip of "Breaking Bad" star Bryan Cranston narrating Adam Mansbach's hilarious new book -- "You Have to F--king Eat." Now Stephen Fry is lending his famous voice to the explicit bedtime book.<p>U.K. publisher Canongate Books tapped the actor and comedian to …

The 45 best young adult books of 2014

The year's must-read young adult fiction (YA) and best teen books<p><b>BEST YOUNG ADULT FICTION OF 2014</b><p><b>THE GHOSTS OF HEAVEN BY MARCUS SEDGWICK (INDIGO)</b><p>Marcus Sedgwick's beguiling novel about human longing, The Ghosts of Heaven, contains four separate stories. A triumph.<p><b>Read our review of The Ghosts of</b> …

Love letters to libraries: share your tribute to your favourite

From places to go for kindly advice to havens of hush, libraries play a special role in cultural life. With councils up and down the country sharpening the axe, Book Week Scotland has launched a campaign to get readers to write love letters to their favourite temple of reading. Wherever you are in …

The Ageless Appeal of Young Adult Literature

Here at Grammarly HQ, we may be word nerds, but we're not book snobs. Maybe it has something to do with fond memories of Scholastic Book Fairs and earning free personal pan pizzas with BookIt!, but we've never lost our love for young adult literature. Turns out, we're not alone.<p>According to a 2012 …