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Rob Biddulph's 'Blown Away' wins the 2015 Waterstones Children's Book Prize | Blog

Melissa Cox (the Head of Children's Buying for the company and someone who knows almost everything there is to know about children's books. Honestly, …


Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Judges Q&A: Laura Bates

How have you found the experience of reading women’s fiction back to back for the past few months?

An absolutely wonderful privilege - the variety and …

Popular Fiction

JQ Wingate Nominee: Diary of the Fall by Michel Laub

1. My grandfather didn’t like to talk about the past, which is not so very surprising given its nature: the fact that he was a Jew, had arrived in …


Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Judges Q&A: Helen Dunmore

How have you found the experience of reading women’s fiction back to back for the past few months?

What I enjoyed most was that were so many genres, …

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Thwaites Wainwright Prize 2015 shortlist revealed

Celebrating the legacy of renowned British nature writer Alfred Wainwright, the Prize reflects his core values of inspiring people to explore the …

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Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Judges Q&A: Grace Dent

How have you found the experience of reading women’s fiction back to back for the past few months?

When I said yes to judging the Baileys prize, I …


'I love them all equally, as all parents love their children'

From the beginning, I wanted We All Looked Up to have a collage-like structure (think the film Magnolia or the novel Let the Great World Spin), so I …

African Americans

Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Judges Q&A: Cathy Newman

How have you found the experience of reading women’s fiction back to back for the past few months?

It's been intense, thought-provoking and thoroughly …

Popular Fiction

Akhil Sharma wins the 2015 Folio Prize for Fiction

At a ceremony tonight in King's Cross, London, Akhil Sharma was named the winner of the second Folio Prize for Fiction for his novel, Family Life.

Popular Fiction

Frank Turner's dream festival line-up


Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

Quite simply the greatest rock n roll band of their generation. Every single time they play they …

Frank Turner

Folio Prize Nominee: Nora Webster by Colm Toibin

‘You must be fed up of them. Will they never stop coming?’ Tom O’Connor, her neighbour, stood at his front door and looked at her, waiting for a …


Book Club: The Mask of Dimitrios


Origins of an Obsession

A Frenchman named Chamfort, who should have known better, once said that chance was a nickname for Providence.

It is one of …


Folio Prize Nominee: 10:04 by Ben Lerner

The city had converted an elevated length of abandoned railway spur into an aerial greenway and the agent and I were walking south along it in the …


Sprout's Bookclub, 22/3/15

A tour-de-force and eight years in the making, this is a powerful, superbly-drawn and deeply moving portrait of a young man coming to terms with his …

Folio Prize Nominee: Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill


Antelopes have 10× vision, you said. It was the beginning or close to it. That means that on a clear night they can see the rings of Saturn.

It was …


Crossing genre

When you walk into the Fiction area of a bookshop you find that Fiction is divided up into various sections, General Fiction, Crime, Sci-Fi and …

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JQ Wingate Nominee: Chasing the King of Hearts by Hanna Krall


She buys shoelaces for a pair of men’s shoes – such a trivial purchase.

As she’s buying them, she still thinks she’s in love with Jurek …


Folio Prize Nominee: Dust by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor


He leaps over two fire-painted blossoms resting on the stark cracked city pavement. Roused, these unfurl into late-Christmas-season …


Louise O’Neill wins the YA Book Prize

Only Ever Yours
by Louise O'Neill (Quercus)

Congratulations to Louise O'Neill on winning the innaugral YA Book Prize with Only Ever Yours.

The judges …


'The Stoner of Thrillers'

Let's shout it from the rooftops: Kolymsky Heights is something really special. Originally published in 1994, it took 15 years to write and was a …


Inside the Alexander McQueen archive

There's nothing quite like a good coffee table book. The kind of book that you pick up to look through on a lazy Sunday and then look up to realise …

Alexander McQueen

Folio Prize Nominee: All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews


our house was taken away on the back of a truck one afternoon late in the summer of 1979. My parents and my older sister and I stood in the middle …


Folio Prize Nominee: How to be Both by Ali Smith

Ho this is a mighty twisting thing fast as a

fish being pulled by its mouth on a hook if a fish could be fished through a

6 foot thick wall made of …


Are you living in a dystopian novel?

So there are these two young fish swimming along, and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says, “Morning, …

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Karen Maitland Q&A

Was there a particular historical character who inspired The Vanishing Witch?

Some years ago I stumbled across the trial records of a wealthy woman, …


Folio Prize Nominee: Family Life by Akhil Sharma

My father has a glum nature. He retired three years ago, and he doesn’t talk much. Left to himself, he can remain silent for days. When this …


This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein

After writing two genre-defining books: No Logo, on the destructive power of advertising, and her damning critique of ‘disaster capitalism’, The Shock

Naomi Klein

Read The Raven's Head

Norfolk, England

And the air of the four quarters of the world must occupy three parts of the room that the death song of the swan may be distinctly …


Folio Prize Nominee: Outline by Rachel Cusk

Before the flight I was invited for lunch at a London club with a billionaire I’d been promised had liberal credentials. He talked in his open-necked …