JK Rowling

The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath (1963) Published under the pseudonym Victoria Lucas in 1963, Sylvia Plath’s only novel tells the story of Esther Gre(...)

Vona Groarke: “Where do I see the publishing industry going? That will depend on where book buyers go, surely. To Paradise Island, I hope, with large mojitos on the house and a full-size orchestra playing the soundtrack of South Pacific interspersed with The Smiths’ greatest hits, just to keep it real”. Photograph: Ed Swinden/The Gallery Press

Vona Groarke’s latest book is X, published in February by the Gallery Press. She is also the author of five other award-winning poetry collections, in(...)

At home: Dodie Smith – who also wrote The Hundred and One Dalmatians – in 1934. Photograph: Sasha/Getty Images

Dodie Smith’s I Capture the Castle, first published 65 years ago, remains one of the most acute and entertaining fictional portrayals of young adultho(...)

The summer before I started college, I lost my heart to a Western. As I waited nervously for my Leaving Cert results, I distracted myself with (...)