Michael Hordern in a BBC adaptation of MR James’s Oh Whistle and I’ll Come to You My Lad

You may be too old to go trick or treating, but are you brave enough to read one of these tales before you go to sleep tonight?

Dylan Thomas (1914-1953): while  best-known as a poet, he was also a talented prose writer. Photograph: Picture Post/Hulton Archive

Centenary of the birth of the Welsh poet, who ‘manages to juxtapose the sonorous tones of the pulpit with the intimate squeak of a(...)

Hurricane Sandy: the most prevailing smell in the book is of the materials that householders use to repair damage. Photograph: Debra L Rothenberg/Getty

The great American writer’s new book is a slight one for him – but it’s a welcome return for Frank Bascombe

‘I am delighted; it’s such an honour. I never expected it, but to tell you the truth, it’s great to get the money’

The Tasmanian’s novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North, about Australian POWs doomed to build the Burma Death Railway, is the fir(...)

Daniel Kehlmann. Photograph: Sven Paustian

Review: A hilarious, often touching novel about a faulty father’s effect on his sons

Richard Flanagan who won this year’s Man Booker Prize. Photograph: Ulf Andersen/Chatto & Windus/PA Wire

‘The Narrow Road to the Deep North’ is a powerful and sometimes brutal love story

Norwegian author Per Petterson. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Review: In charting a life of losses, this novel has much to say about the struggle to make sense of existence

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Marilynne Robinson. Photograph: Getty

Review: ‘She is concerned with the ways in which families evolve; the lore, the back history, the hurts and the secrets.’

Ian McEwan: efficiently infiltrates the legal world and its hierarchy of clever debate conducted upon the chessboard of the law, but his novel is knowing and corny. Photograph: Uriel Sinai/Getty Images

Review: the chillingly formidable author has produced an ill-judged study of a legal mind

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