The Jane Austen Manifesto: How we can save the world by writing like Austen
By Ian Flitcroft - 27 May 9:41

The internet would be a much nicer place if everyone spoke like a Jane Austen character. Here’s how you go about it.

Vernon's book cover. Photo: Hodder and Stoughton.
Polly Vernon’s Hot Feminist attacks cartoonish, bra-burning caricatures of feminism
By Barbara Speed - 26 May 12:18

Feminists: it’s OK to be hot. But you knew that already, right? 

Alone, not lonely: in her book, Kate Bolick explores the life choices of women who decide to be single. Photo: Willy Somma
The new spinster: Kate Bolick proves there's no need to pity unmarried women
By Alice Robb - 25 May 11:18

With record numbers of us choosing to stay single, Bolick's new book explores what it means for a woman to build a rich life alone.

Jesús Muñoz, flat in the LA River bed, features in James Ellroy's LAPD '53. Photo: © 2015 LOS ANGELES POLICE MUSEUM
Ghettoside is a bold, humane study of Los Angeles’ black homicide epidemic
By Ryan Gattis - 21 May 11:18

Ryan Gattis reviews two books on the Los Angeles police – and finds a city plagued by a national problem.

Flying fox: the young Sacks on his beloved BMW bike in Greenwich Village, 1961. Photo: Douglas White
A life in motion: the many passions of Oliver Sacks
By Erica Wagner - 21 May 10:58

Sacks has written of showing “extreme immoderation” in his passions. This new book reveals them.

A whale shark in an aquarium. Photo: Koichi Kamoshida/Getty Images
David Vann's unhappy families return in Aquarium
By Anthony Cummins - 21 May 8:37

A refinement of his earlier work, Vann's new novel gives a socially determined take on how things fall apart.

The babyfood aisle at a Best Price supermarket. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
After Birth reveals the black comedy of motherhood
By Alice O'Keeffe - 21 May 8:04

This is the dark, nightmarish little voice inside every mother, the one we spend our lives trying to shut up.

God’s waiting room: residents of Naples still tend to paupers’ remains in the Fontanelle ossuary. Photo: Contrasto
The Fontanelle ossuary: in Naples’ stacks of skulls, all men are equal
By Tom Holland - 20 May 9:22

The bones housed in the Fontanelle ossuary speak to the conviction that the obscure deserve comemmoration, too.

Wind back to war: a WWII Bristol Beaufighter. Photo: HAYNES ARCHIVE/POPPERFOTO
World War II novel A God in Ruins is fiction of the best kind
By Erica Wagner - 15 May 13:45

If Kate Atkinson's Life After Life pushed the boundaries of form, A God in Ruins is simpler - and tender.

Derek Ratcliffe in the field, 1989. Picture: WILL WILLIAMS
Nature's polyglot: the life and work of Derek Ratcliffe
By Mark Cocker - 15 May 12:59

Mark Cocker remembers the great naturalist's remarkable constellation of talents.

Mahabharata unbound: rewriting the world's longest poem
By Neel Mukherjee - 15 May 12:53

Coming in at three times the length of Paradise Lost, Carole Satyamurti's modern version of the epic is a remarkable achievement.

Words of the Lord: the significance of the Bible resides in the sum of our disparate readings of it. Photo: HAROLD M LAMBERT/GETTY IMAGES
The only way to approach the Bible is with intellectual humility
By Frank Cottrell Boyce - 15 May 12:47

The Bible is, as Wilson’s title has it, the book of the people. We build our meanings together.

Rule by gadgets: demonstrating the Apple Watch. Photo: Jacopo Raule/Getty Images
Anarchic Apple watches? Face it: we like rules
By Steven Poole - 15 May 12:37

The latest book by anarchist anthropologist David Graeber reveals the technological age as one of total bureacracy.

Cutting up the now: Sean Borodale, Frances Leviston and Sam Riviere’s new books
By Philip Maughan - 13 May 15:00

Three prize-laden upcoming poets return with second collections driving poetry into the digital future and the human past.

Meaty magic: Joanna Scanlan stars as DI Deering
No Offence is that rare thing: a truly good comedy drama
By Rachel Cooke - 12 May 13:28

Set in a Manchester police station, Paul Abbott's No Offence shines with wit and human insight.

The nourishing blood of the novelist
By Frances Wilson - 11 May 16:35

Writers are vampires who sink their fangs into other writers

The Minister of Magic isn’t even elected! Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images
Can wizards vote in Muggle elections? Plus other questions about wizarding democracy
By Anna Leszkiewicz - 07 May 14:30

As Rufus Scrimgeour put it: “These are dark times, there is no denying. Our world has perhaps faced no greater threat than it does today.”

Reading between the party lines: a run-down of the key books of this election
By New Statesman - 07 May 9:27

Sometimes you need more than 140 characters.

Rip it up and start again: a kindergarten remains standing on a demolition site in Shaanxi Province. Photo: Reuters
Disappearing villages: the losers in China's breakneck urbanisation
By Isabel Hilton - 06 May 10:33

So rapid has China's development been that at any given moment there are vast, empty proto-cities waiting for people.

Glasgow, from where James Kelman hails. Photo: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images
A psychological adventure, Scots grit, and a village in sign language
By New Statesman - 06 May 10:22

New books by Louise Stern, James Kelman and Douglas Kennedy.

Nicholas Cage in Spike Jonze’s 2002 film “Adaptation”.
Is it possible to make a good film about writing?
By Oliver Farry - 05 May 12:21

Too often, films are very inarticulate when talking about books. 

Miller (left) and Bellow (center) in New York. Photo: © Inge Morath Foundation
When Saul Bellow and Arthur Miller were neighbours
By Leo Robson - 04 May 10:56

They crossed paths while living close together in Reno - but the two heavyweights differed more than shared.

Two women pass a bridge destroyed by Serb artillery fire (1994). Photo: ERIC CABANIS/AFP/Getty Image
Love, Sex and Other Foreign Policy Goals takes Waugh to Bosnia
By Mark Lawson - 04 May 10:50

The first novel from Thick of It writer Jesse Armstrong addresses the morality of foreign intervention with jokes, slapstick - and a student play.

Gideon and his box of tricks. Photo: Carl Court/AFP/Getty Images
Regressive politics: George Osborne wants to shrink the state to pre-1945 levels
By Peter Hain - 04 May 10:47

Mr Osborne's Economic Experiment reveals the chancellor's tricks.

Flying aces: Soviet air force officers decorated after serving in the Second World War.
From Bletchley girls to Russian aces: the forgotten women at war
By Erica Wagner - 04 May 10:46

This is real feminist history - work which was unheralded not just because it was top secret, but because women did it.

A man walks past parliament, reflected in a puddle. Photo: Oli Scarff/Getty Images
Why do so many governments achieve so little?
By Andrew Adonis - 04 May 10:44

New books by Anthony King and Michael Barber invite us to assess - and act.

Pulling the strings. Picture: Tina Modotti/AKG-Images
Rowan Williams: can we ever be in charge of our own lives?
By Rowan Williams - 04 May 10:35

The debate over freedom is a complex, extended one.

A graveyard. Photo: Public domain pictures
If the dead could talk, what would they say? The Dirty Dust gives voice to the buried
By Roy Foster - 30 April 14:10

Alan Titley's translation of Máirtín Ó Cadhain's Cré na Cille brings us a novel entirely in dialogue - and set in a graveyard.