Novelist PD James has died aged 94 - the novelist was best know for her series about detective Adam Dalgliesh. Photograph: PA
Writer PD James dies at the age of 94
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  • November 27, 2014, 13:58

PD James, who has died aged 94, once said she started writing crime fiction as a preparation for a career as a serious novelist but ended doing as muc(...)

Alice Ryan, organiser of the FutureBook Hack at the event in UCL. Photograph: Porter Anderson

On the train into London, I glance around. There isn’t a paperback in sight but e-readers abound, and many of my fellow passengers are clicking, rathe(...)

Anyone who treasures the work of the nature writer Robert Macfarlane, and who regularly revisits his books The Old Ways and The Wild Places, will want(...)

A former city of London economist and now economic adviser to the city’s mayor, Gerard Lyons takes a positive view of the prospects for the world econ(...)

The news this month that Amtrak, the US rail operator, is to introduce writers-in-residence on its 15 long-distance routes reminds us of the li(...)

Poetic beauty: Eoin McNamee aims not to provide glib answers but to make us re-evaluate our relationship with the act of storytelling. Photograph: Sarah Lee

‘Every writer sets their own weather,” says Eoin McNamee. If that’s the case, his is a literary landscape of storm and calamity; of real-life m(...)

Chris Pavone: Books are for readers, and chances are fairly high that they don’t care about you, even a tiny bit. They want to be entertained or educated or seduced or terrified or blown away by the beauty of a spectacular sentence, and their desires are probably not going to be satisfied with 115,000 words about your teenage angst.
Brought to book: Chris Pavone
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  • March 20, 2014, 15:36

Chris Pavone follows the success of his first novel, The Expats, a Kindle number one bestseller and a Sunday Times top 10 bestseller, with The Acci(...)

Little Beauty By Alison Jameson (Doubleday Ireland, £12.99)It’s 1975, and Laura Quinn is desperate to leave the remote island off the west coast of Ir(...)

Clear and vivid prose: Deirdre Madden. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Time, St Augustine remarked in his Confessions, is something we all understand – until we’re asked to explain it. The saint would likely be amused by (...)

When Lucy Caldwell was 13, an English teacher at school set her class an unusual exercise. The students had been reading (...)