Hell hath no fury like a mistress scorned. The opening section of Julia Pierpont’s debut novel sees a jilted lover take revenge by printing out the(...)

Pailin, Cambodia, which was run by the Khmer Rouge until just eight years ago and is the setting for Lawrence Osborne’s new novel, Hunters in the Dark. Photograph: Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP/Getty Images

It was probably only a matter of time before professional traveller Lawrence Osborne set a book in Cambodia. Although the events of his novel The F(...)

‘Reading is a choice. Not only in the obvious sense of taking up a book, or taking up one book and not another, but when reading the book at hand. It’s assessing the facts of the case (even the fictional ones) and seeing some as more relevant to a satisfying reading than others.’

George O’Brien is Professor Emeritus of English at Georgetown University, Washington DC. He is author of three memoirs, The Village of Longing, Dan(...)

Loah: ‘You have to nourish yourself with anything that inspires you because that’s where your creativity comes from.’ Photograph: Eve North

Sallay Matu Garnett lives in two different worlds. The Dublin-based soul singer’s artistic flair is evident in her striking look and vibrant clothi(...)

Lionel Shriver: “I love working in a form that doesn’t consume a couple of years. Ironically, low temporal risk can facilitate high-risk style and content. In a short story, you can try anything.”

Lionel Shriver has won the BBC National Short Story Award 2014 for her story Kilifi Creek. This was the third time Shriver had been shortlisted for th(...)

Irish novelist Donal Ryan has won the 2013 Guardian First Book Award with ‘The Spinning Heart’. Photograph: Matthew Thompson

Irish novelist Donal Ryan has won the 2013 Guardian First Book Award with The Spinning Heart, an angry portrait of rural life in post-crash Ireland.Bo(...)

The White Birds or Angry Birds?: WB Yeats. Photograph: George Grantham Bain Collection/Library of Congress

A professor this week suggested that, such was his interest in the new medium of radio in the 1930s that, were WB Yeats alive today, “he would be all (...)

Evie Wyld

Thirty years ago, UK publisher Granta unleashed a state-of-the-literary nation list that attempted what Grand National experts do annually: to cull(...)