Tom Gatti is Culture Editor of the New Statesman. He previously edited the Saturday Review section of the Times, and can be found on Twitter as @tom_gatti.
A division drawn along old county lines, with “a medieval, magical feel to it”.
Jackson wanted his career to be “the greatest show on earth”, but he paid for it with his childhood.
Feel Free: Essays shows the limitations of a star literary career – and the freedom of a remarkable critical mind.
Nicholas Lezard and Adam Mars-Jones complete the judging panel for the £10,000 prize for “fiction at its most novel”.
The percentage of authors earning a full-time living solely from writing dropped from 40 per cent in 2005 to 11.5 per cent in 2013.
Grime, Murdoch, suffragettes – and why it's set to be a good year for women speaking out.
The author of Goldsmiths Prize-nominated Reservoir 13 on domestic abuse, following farmers on Twitter and building a novel with ring-binders and Sellotape.
The Booker winner discusses the historical Lincoln, racial tension in America and why the current US president is beyond satire.
A first novel about a fictionalised TS Eliot from a tiny press is up against Will Self and Nicola Barker for the 2017 prize.
Our critics’ verdicts on the six shortlisted novels.