After spending three weeks in hospital with a suspected heart condition, Adrian Munsey decided to tackle The Longest Journey — the last unfilmed Forster novel.
There is much we could learn from the Victorian fight against filth. A new book by Lee Jackson clears the path.
Kate Gross began to write after her cancer diagnosis. She left behind her husband, Billy, their five-year-old twins, and this beautiful book.
McBride joins Jon McGregor, Josh Cohen and Leo Robson to judge the annual prize for innovative fiction.
Margeret Forster's sensitive new study of a life in real estate is more than simple autobiography.
A new book on warrior women reveals the true origins of a pervasive popular archetype.
The William Hill 2014 Sports Book of the Year covers the rape trial of an Australian Rules footballer -- but also raises broader questions about how to resolve a culture clash.
By using ever more machines we lose not only physical skills, but cognitive faculties.
From jealousy to cowardice to greed, the power of vices is to inspire virtue.
Ben Lerner’s second novel tries to emulate Walt Whitman’s democratic “I” in an age when economic imperatives trump democracy. It is a clever and timely work — as much the story of the novel’s construction as the novel itself.
Michel Houellebecq’s novel imagining his country under Islamic rule featured on the cover of last week's Charlie Hebdo. But it's not the satire you'd expect.
Anita Anand's Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary explores the life of an overlooked but important campaigner.
Marlon James's latest novel on Bob Marley and December '76 is more true for being fiction.
One of South Africa's most accomplished prose stylists gets a timely reissue.
Two very different biographical works give surprising insight into the great composer's character.
Elections, empires and the "extreme present" in culture editor Tom Gatti's guide to the coming literary year.
A N Wilson's book reveals the surprisingly diverse tastes of this quintessential English monarch.
Wonder Woman is riddled with contradictions: sexless, yet sexy; strong, yet vulnerable; a feminist hero created by a man.
Fairy tales are capable of depicting the hardest challenges we face as human beings.
It’s time we reclaimed Dickens’ villainous skinflint.
Estonia’s Swedes survived revolution, invasion and exile. Their struggles tell the story of 20th-century Europe.
David Marquand on why Edmund Burke still strikes political sparks.
Far from being a benighted practice from popular fiction – the sort of thing that you might find in an H Rider Haggard novel – it turns out that beheadings went hand in hand with western empires.
This is “my story and the story of Liberty”, Chakrabarti writes, but she offers no more than the odd glimpse into her life.
Stuart Maconie wades through books by monsters of rock Carlos Santana, Neil Young, Joe Perry and Billy Idol.
Both books are based on the premise that if the general public knew more about finance and economics things might be better.
A novel about those writers who attract fans so ardent that the work is never enough.
A former youth offender-turned-writer reflects on the prison books ban.