Hanya Yanagihara: A Little Life (Picador)

Big seems to make an impression, and a first glance at this year’s Man Booker shortlist appears to suggest that length did not deter the judges. It ma(...)

Emily Dickinson: Miss Emily by Nuala Ní Chonchúir, above, (August, Sandstone) looks at the life of the famously reclusive poet through the eyes of 18-year-old Ada Concannon, her Irish maid. Photograph: Emilia Krysztofiak

Things We Have in Common, Tasha Kavanagh (May, Canongate) Yasmin Laksaris is the obese teenage narrator of the English author Tasha Kavanagh’s (...)

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To date in this series we have explored the constituent elements of fiction-writing, from plot, tone and language to voice, setting and characters.(...)

Colin Barrett: hidden and at times disturbing depths lurk beneath the surface bravado. Young Skins was published in Britain last spring by Jonathan Cape.

An Irish writer has held off a strong challenge from four Americans and a Scot to win the 2014 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. By w(...)

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One of the great misconceptions in life, applied to literature but not to other art forms, is that reading for the sake of it is a good thing. No s(...)

Evie Wyld: ‘I wanted to write big action books but these sad little vignettes about fathers and sons kept coming out’

‘When I finish a book, I have no idea what it’s about until I talk to people, and do interviews. Slowly, I start to realise what it is I was saying wh(...)