New interpreteations of ancient stories show the deep roots of our thinking about sex and gender
Lay Down Your Weary Tune by W B Belcher reminds us what a good setting the folk scene can be – and what rich characters you can place in it.
On the pop culture podcast this week: we pick our TV and film highlights for the coming year, review the first episode of series 4 of Sherlock, and enjoy Sara Taylor’s short story collection The Shore.
Hope and terror on a winter walk.
Vulgar Tongues: an Alternative History of English Slang gathers material from a mind-boggling range of sources – but still leaves you wanting more.
How we think about the natural world matters – which is why the rich metaphors in The Hidden Life of Trees are so important.
Immigration presents us with a moral and political quandary. Can two new books help us decide what to do?
Solomon’s gifts are so wide-ranging it can be hard not to believe he comes from an earlier century.
Like the historical fiction of Hillary Mantel and Ali Smith, Danielle Dutton's Margaret the First investigates, more than anything, what it means to be a woman and write.
An exciting new guard of Irish writers have set the literary world ablaze. But where does that leave the old guard? Barry's Days Without End provides some answers.
Marcus Sedgwick's Snow doesn't just tell us the science of the white stuff – it explores its place in our culture.
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