Mary Costello: her debut novel, Academy Street, is published by Canongate today

Mary Costello has double cause to celebrate today as on the same day that her debut novel, Academy Street, is published by Canongate, it has just b(...)

Behind bars: Harlan Coben. Photograph: Ulf Andersen/Getty

Since publishing his debut, Play Dead, in 1990, Harlan Coben has alternated between writing standalone thrillers and novels in the Myron Bolitar serie(...)

 Ruby Wax  in Dublin: She describes mindfulness as ‘a trick’. ‘If you send your attention inside your body to feelings like your bum on the seat, nothing spiritual, your brain can’t be anxious at the same time. Photograph:  Cyril Byrne

Ruby Wax thinks we’re not equipped for the 21st century. The American comedian and writer turned mental health campaigner says the 24-hour nature of m(...)

No mercy: Lazzaro Baldi’s painting of killers attacking the repressive Roman emperor Domitian. Photograph: Galleria Spada/De Agostini/Getty Images

They were a crafty lot, the Romans, when it came to building dynasties, so perhaps it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Lindsey Davis’s latest (...)