By Rowan Williams
Young Eliot, the first volume of Robert Crawford’s new T S Eliot biography, shows how a bruising home life led to poetic breakthrough.
By Frank Cottrell Boyce
The Bible is, as Wilson’s title has it, the book of the people. We build our meanings together.
By John Mullan
New memoirs from Antonia Fraser and David Lodge show very different British upbringings.
By Helen Lewis
Finishing The Shepherd’s Crown was a double sadness: not just goodbye to Terry Pratchett, but goodbye to a younger, less cynical version of myself.
By Elif Shafak
Perhaps the most difficult word to pronounce aloud in the Turkish language is “soykirim” – genocide.
By Lyndall Gordon
New studies by Edward Wakeling and Robert Douglas-Fairhurst uncover the story of one of literature’s most debated men.
By K Biswas
Mission statements from the GOP candidates point to a political movement haunted by the ghost of Ronald Reagan.
By Sophie McBain
Three new books explore the modern information assault – and how to survive it.
By Erica Wagner
Jonathan Bate’s unauthorised biography confirms that, no matter how energetic his love life, Hughes’s obsession with Plath never faded.
By Ali Smith, Blake Morrison et al
Experimental writing is not always immediately appreciated. As the Goldsmiths Prize for innovative fiction announces its 2015 shortlist, we asked some of our favourite writers which past British or Irish novel deserves a retrospective award.
By Mark Cocker
The so-called new nature writing has become a publishing phenomenon, but how much do its authors truly care about our wild places?
By Robert Macfarlane
A new “culture of nature” is changing the way we live – and could change our politics, too.
By Margaret MacMillan
A review of Ian Kershaw and Heinrich August Winkler’s accounts of Europe’s “age of catastrophe”, 1914-49.
By Rowan Williams
The former Archbishop of Canterbury reflects on the politics of Pope Francis.
By William Boyd
What Joseph Conrad started, John le Carré enshrined and made modern.
By John Gray
Joseph Goebbels embraced barbarism to escape the chaos of his time.
By Margaret Drabble
The Story of the Lost Child is the final instalment in a literary phenomenon. But what does its elusive author really believe?
By Sarah Churchwell
From To Kill a Mockingbird to Gone With The Wind, literary mythmaking has long veiled the ugly truth of the American South.
By William Dalrymple
The Roman emperors created a world that seems modern but contains unspeakable horrors, as new books by Mary Beard and Tom Holland reveal.
By Lucy Hughes-Hallett
Saladin decapitated prisoners as ruthlessly as Isis does now – and Genghis Khan was brutal from childhood. But what can we learn from these men?
By Philip Hoare
Late at night, Herman Melville “turned flukes” down Oxford Street as if he were being followed by a great whale, and thought he saw “blubber rooms” in the butcheries of the Fleet Market.
By Leo Robson
Today, Hitchcock is revered for his contribution to cinema. But his reputation as a “serious” director came late, as new biographies from Michael Wood and Peter Ackroyd reveal.
By Michael Rosen, Eimear McBride et al
Tony Little’s guide to education lists books that “every bright 16-year-old should read”. We asked some of our favourite authors to share their suggestions, from Myles na gCopaleen to Bill Bryson.
By Ali Smith
“Every time I sit down to try to write this story about death, life intervenes . . .” Original fiction from the author of How to be Both.
By David Vann
A retelling of the gruesome story of Medea’s revenge.
By Jeanette Winterson
A tale of lived versus mechanical time.