Viv Albertine: she has learnt invincibility, never losing sight of the edge she had in her youthful punk days. Photograph: Kevin Cummins/Getty

Sinéad Gleeson on the former Slits guitarist’s excavation of the lives of her parents

Norah Hoult’s “Cocktail Bar” was written after the war and the mood and greyness of post-war London is evident in several stories.

A hyphenated identity and snobbery towards women obscured Hoult’s fine writing

Megan Hunter: Her first novel resonates in these  uncertain Brexit/Trump times. Photograph: Alexander James

Sinéad Gleeson calls Megan Hunter’s debut novel a shrewd, lyrical drama of parenthood during an environmental disaster

Kate Bush: “It’s such a different world from even five years ago. A lot of unexpected things have happened this year.” Photograph: John Carder Bush/PA Wire

The artist talks music, Brexit and more as the album of her rare 2014 live shows is released

The exquisite US writer steeps his characters in the unforgiving landscape of Appalachia

 Daphne du Maurier  in 1947. She liked Hitchcock’s adaptation of Rebecca, but not The Birds. Photograph by Popperfoto/Getty Images

The writer’s short stories show a dark, complex and underrated talent, writes Sinéad Gleeson

Kevin Maher: makes music of expletives. Photograph: Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert/Getty

Review: Jay, the idealistic twentysomething at the heart of Kevin Maher’s second novel, is a memorable rogue with the best of inte(...)

 Anne Enright: an utterly distinct body of work with a spine of dark humour.  Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Celebrating Irish women writers: ‘Even with familiar themes, Enright inverts and dismantles all cliche. She is fearless, brash and(...)

Beau Willimon: ‘If a scene is 20 minutes long, it all comes down to human behaviour – you can’t rely on effects or close-ups or editing, there’s nowhere to hide.’ Photograph: Jason Merritt/Getty

Beau Willimon, one of the youngest showrunners in TV, is in Galway this week. He talks about David Fincher, power plays, and what (...)

Caitlin Moran . Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Review: The journalist’s semi-autobiographical novel brilliantly captures the complexities of teenage life

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No editor has time to look at a novel twice. Leading editors offer advice to help writers make the most of their one shot

Jessie Burton: ‘Language is the political slippery eel. The arrangement of it can make you hate a person; it can make you cry. I want to say language is everything, but then that would make me an arch-stylist’

Jessie Burton, Eimear McBride and John Kelly on the importance of style and linguistic vitality in your work

Jo Baker: ‘If you haven’t got a story to hang your information on, no amount of research is going to make a novel sing’

Authors Joseph O’Connor, Jo Baker, Niamh Boyce and Justin Cartwright on the importance and pitfalls of research

Yiyun Li: ‘Do you know that feeling of sadness when you glimpse an old part of a city that has been erased from history?’ Photograph: Drew Kelly/The New York Times

When Yiyun Li left China, at the age of 24, she couldn’t speak English. Now, nearly two decades later, she is recognised as one of(...)

Gua the chimp and Donald Kellogg, who were raised alongside each other in the 1930s

Karen Joy Fowler’s new novel is about a family with three kids, once of which, Fern, happens to be a chimpanzee

In search of home
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Letters from the past provide hope for the future

Unhappy Histories
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One woman’s Lockout tale of ritual and loss

Stealing the show
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A performance focusing on theft and swindles is given resonance in this post-Wikileaks world

The writer’s second novel is set in 1970s’ New York when art left the canvas and drew on the detritus left by a growing financial (...)

Katie Roiphe elicits angry responses to her writing but that doesn’t stop her. When people get angry it’s because you have touched(...)

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Granta has published its list of the best young British novelists, but can one publisher define a generation and what do young wri(...)

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