Philip Hensher’s novel The Northern Clemency was shortlisted  for the Man Booker Prize in 2008. Photograph: Simon James/PA Wire

What was the first book to make an impression on you? The Wizard of Oz, and especially the very weird sequel The Marvelous Land of Oz, where th(...)

 If you’ve (somehow) missed out on all those OITNB premiere parties, now is the time to get queuing

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Mickey Dawson (Jennifer Aniston) is a socialite who has learned to live with her husband’s many failings, including drunkenness, skirt chasing and poo(...)

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Megan Abbott: expertly evokes teenage girls’ lives. Photograph: Ulf Andersen/Getty

Megan Abbott’s early novels, such as Die a Little and Queenpin, were critically acclaimed historical noirs with a feminist twist that put the genre’s (...)

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Novelist Elmore Leonard: began writing fiction while an advertising copywriter for General Motors. Photograph: Paul Sancya/AP.

A full measure of recognition came to writer Elmore Leonard, who has died aged 87, rather late in life. When Stick was published in Britain in 1984, o(...)

US crime novelist Elmore Leonard known for his works Get Shorty and Out of Sight has died aged 87 at home.  Photograph: Vince Bucci/Getty Images

American author Elmore Leonard, whose ear for gritty, realistic dialogue helped bring dozens of hard-bitten crooks, cops and cowboys to life in nearl(...)

Screwed, by Eoin Colfer
  • Books
  • July 13, 2013, 01:00

When did crime fiction get so serious? The banter between Holmes and Watson, Poirot’s peacock posturing, Philip Marlowe’s zingy one-liners – for some (...)