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50 best cult books

A cult book may be hard to define but one thing is for sure: you know a cult book when you see one.<p>Cult books are somehow, intangibly, different from simple bestsellers – though many of them are that. And people have passionate feelings on both sides:<p>Our critics present a selection of the most …

Literature

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee – review

To Kill a Mocking bird is an intriguing book about justice and judging. It is set in a small town in America. A young girl named Scout is playing in her front garden with her older brother, Jem, when she meets a young boy called Dill, who they befriend. Dill is a small scrawny boy, and only …

Need help getting started on your novel? Look no further…

It's November, so that means the social web is alive with the cries and curses of novice writers, taking up the call from this year's National Novel Writing Month – or NaNoWriMo, as it's known – which long since stopped being a national event unique to the United States, and became an internet-wide …

10 famous mean book reviews, edited for Buzzfeed Books’ new positive-only policy

Buzzfeed Books, according to what its new editor told Poynter, will only be publishing positive reviews. It’s the Thumper Rule — if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. Or, more succinctly put, “No haters.” As Atlantic Wire points out, this seems like a relatively new …

Doomed, by Chuck Palahniuk, review

Tim Martin is appalled by Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk’s descent into Hell<p><b>Chuck Palahniuk</b> started his writing life in a tradition called “dangerous writing”, which encourages its adherents to use their most frightening, embarrassing or saddening emotions as creative fuel. Offering advice to …

Books

JK Rowling: I will never top Harry Potter

Author J K Rowling admits she will "never top Harry Potter", as she speaks of the "liberating" wealth it has brought her<p>Jk Rowling, the author, has admitted she will "never, ever top" the success of the Harry Potter series, as she hails the wealth it as brought her as "liberating".<p>Rowling, the …

The 100 best novels: No 8 – Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (1818)

The summer of 1816 was a washout. After the cataclysmic April 1815 eruption of Mount Tambora on the island of Sumbawa, part of what is now Indonesia, the world's weather turned cold, wet and miserable. In a holiday villa on the shores of Lake Geneva, a young English poet and his lover, the guests …