Amusing anecdotes from the world of books
The best books of the year for children and young adults will make good reading at any time
Creatures behaving badly provide lots of fun in the best children’s picture books of 2013
Samuel L Clemens dictated hundreds of pages of autobiography that ranged from the nonexistence of God to postal-service vagaries
The Rising of Bella Casey, by Mary Morrissy
The Leonard Bernstein Letters, edited by Nigel Simeone
John Hunt: The Man, the Medievalist, The Connoisseur, by Brian O’Connell
The ‘best of’ lists tend to narrow our reading habits – so what lost classics might have escaped readers’ attention?