Lisa Ko: fearless in presenting protagonists who are far from sympathetic at times

 “I want you to know that you were wanted. I decided: I wanted you.” At the heart of Lisa Ko’s stunning debut novel The Leavers is a mother-son r(...)

Barack Obama: the role of stories to unify – as opposed to divide, to engage rather than to marginalise – is more important than ever. Photograph: Damon Winter/The New York Times

Last Friday, seven days before his departure from the White House, Obama sat down in the Oval Office and talked about the indispensable role that boo(...)

We live in a time where epic changes are happening to the world’s climate. The consequences of industry emissions are becoming more apparent every ye(...)

Rebecca Adlington with her Olympic golds, left, and posing for Hello! with Summer, her most prized possession

She won two gold medals in the 2008 Olympic Games yet swimmer Rebecca Adlington has said that she regards giving birth to her daughter Summer as her “(...)

The stories and novels of the Appalachian writer Ron Rash are steeped in the culture of the American south, but if you’re thinking Rhett Butler and Sc(...)