Éilís Ní Dhuibhne: “Nowadays, standards are different. There’s more acceptance of anything. Why should a story have to conform?”

Pseudonyms are not just for pseuds. They also allow established authors to publish detective stories without confusing the expectations of readers. J(...)

A video still dated March 25th last  issued by Surrey Police of a group of youngsters who formed a human arrow in Capel, Surrey, to point a police helicopter in the direction of two suspected burglars on the run.  Photo credit should read: Surrey Police/PA Wire

Police have released a video of a group of youngsters who formed a human arrow to point a police helicopter in the direction of two suspected burglar(...)

At Orla Kiely, Miss Priss is modelled after Ali MacGraw in Love Story. Photograph: Tristan Fewings/Getty Images

The word “prissy” – meaning fussy, prim, straight-laced, unnecessarily studious – is an antiquated insult. However, in the fashion world, Miss Pris(...)

Although slightly off the beaten path, ‘First Editions’ is really worth a visit and the contents of the shop will delight book lovers of all types and ages. Photograph: Declan Clancy

Who collects books these days? “Mostly men in their 50s and upwards,” according to Allan Gregory the proprietor of ‘First Editions’ who specialises in(...)

Don't forget to nominate your favourite shop by clicking here Where would Audrey Hepburn meet Enid Blyton for a chat over tea and scones? Accor(...)

James Carol: Stephen King’s The Dead Zone was ‘the signpost that led the way for everything that followed’.

James Carol is the Scottish-born author of the Jefferson Winter series of thriller novels - the third, Prey, has just been published by Faber. He l(...)

Neil White is a criminal lawyer who writes crime fiction novels. ‘People are much worse than writers are able to imagine them.’

What was the first book to make an impression on you?Any one of the Enid Blyton Famous Five books. I remember well the feeling of mild terror as the m(...)

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LT Meade’s A World of Girls, which sold an impressive 37,000 copies, had a huge influence on girls’ school stories of the twentieth century by the likes of Enid Blyton

Imagine if JK Rowling’s name rang no bells in people’s minds 100 years from now. Rowling: so ubiquitous, influential and popular – the thought seems a(...)

Carys Bray: “I don’t give unsolicited advice. I don’t like it when writers pontificate about the way to do things. I think people need to discover what works for them”

Carys Bray’s debut novel, A Song for Issy Bradley, is published by Hutchinson on June 19th. “Miracles are like birds, they zip through the gap betw(...)