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As Victoria's soldiers fought in South Africa, some of the era's best known authors reported home. Their writing shaped the legacy of a traumatic conflict.
Wells was a prolific and visionary writer – but his major legacy is political.
How “the most dangerous spy in history” made his name.
Kipling is associated with sentimental children’s fiction or tub-thumping racism, but his best fiction captures the horrors of empire, acted out by colonisers and subjects alike.
Maya Jasanoff offers a compelling examination of the great novellist's life and work.
Author Robert Harris should know that less is more.
Did popular authors write Islamic State into existence?
Len Deighton’s SS-GB and the lure of alternate histories.
For all that books and films laud Britain's strength, ultimately, they show that our power is interdependent.