What's the secret to writing well? As I've said previously here, an awful lot of people seem to think they know, yet their "rules for writers" are almost always (pardon the technical linguistics jargon)
Following the Carnegie Medal award to Kevin Brooks for the deeply disturbing The Bunker Diary, here are 10 children’s books that definitely don’t have happy endings 1. A Kestrel for a Knave by Barry Hines
His last project, Beauty and the Beast, was a magical, explicit cabaret fable which won universal acclaim. As a young man, he was a thrash drummer, poet and rapper, dealing out "blistering anger and vitriol"
The author on how her latest novel grew out of her illness and the death of her husband of almost 50 years Penny Vincenzi almost died last year, which rather interrupted the flow of writing her 17th book.
London Black Revs: the radical black and Asian group that concreted over Tesco's 'anti-homeless spikes'
They are, they say, "a modest organisation, but highly effective for our size. We're not going anywhere, and we'll keep going. Most of us have nothing anyway, so what have we got to lose? We're prepared
A writer’s sparkling fictional love letter to her literary heroine 'I could feel ecstasies and raptures spontaneously and intensely and without any shame or the least sense of guilt, so long as they were
Barren, featureless, yet filled with romance – Jon Day explores the seductive power of the moor Near the end of this often fascinating and occasionally frustrating book, William Atkins encounters a man
The idea for award-winning crime writer Megan Abbott's latest novel, The Fever, came when she switched on her television one morning in late 2011. Two girls from the small industrial town of Le Roy in
Teachers have condemned comments made by the TV presenter Kirstie Allsopp that girls should abandon their university ambitions in favour of having children and getting on the property ladder. Allsopp,
Three years ago I set out on a series of walks on and around some English moors. Starting in the south west (Bodmin Moor, Exmoor, Dartmoor), I made my way to the Pennines and the Borders. My guides were
Maya Angelou and John Steinbeck have been scrubbed from the syllabus for GCSE English literature exams, replaced by Booker prize winner Kazuo Ishiguro's tale of a dystopian future, Never Let Me Go, and
Even by his own dynamic standards last week was a busy one for Cameron Mackintosh. One night saw the opening of his new production of Miss Saigon that had already clocked up more than £10m in advance-sales.
There was little clue in Happy Valley's title. But after six weeks, millions of viewers are finding themselves anxiously counting down to the conclusion of the latest British television police drama to
Maya Angelou was one of the world's most important writers and activists. She lived and chronicled an extraordinary life: rising from poverty, violence and racism, she became a renowned author, poet, civil
Rebecca Traister’s polemic around #MeToo has passion and fury but seems blind to the complexity of its subject Published: 30 Oct 2018 With the skills he gained under Nathan Outlaw, Cornerstone chef Tom
1 Theatre Leading ladies A wonderful season to see exciting actresses begins on Friday when Carey Mulligan, who before she turned to movies was a luminous presence on stage, begins her run opposite Bill
Punctuation is more than just a game for pedants - it's vital to convey meaning Welcome to Pedants’ Corner – or is it Pedant’s Corner? Or perhaps just Pedants Corner? We grammar fanatics often get attacked
An enjoyably unsentimental journey into the chaotic streets of Lagos, Nigeria In January 2006 Teju Cole began a literary experiment. He had recently returned to New York from an intense trip to Lagos,
A year spent in the orbit of a great writer gives rise to an elegant memoir In the past quarter-century, the flourishing of creative writing as an academic discipline has persuaded us that the way to a