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From established talent to rising stars, and whether you prefer fact or fiction, all of these books deserve a place on your reading list in the mon(...)

Deborah Orr: the journalist spoke about her breast cancer’s return with pitch-black humour. Photograph: Hachette

Deborah Orr, the award-winning journalist and author prized by friends and colleagues for her fierce honesty, inspiring work and barefoot dancing, has(...)

Young socialists demonstrate at a meeting held by Conservative MP for Smethwick Peter Griffiths in Birmingham in 1965. Photograph: Jobson/Mirrorpix/Getty Images

I wanted to write about where I now lived, England, but I had no pre-existing knowledge of the place, no map to guide me. Eventually I found the ans(...)

 The Good, the Bad and the Queen, Damon Albarn second from left

About a year before the European Union referendum in the UK, when I was looking around for something to write about, I fixed upon a strangely unsexy t(...)

 Graham Norton  at Burlington House  in London, England. Photograph: Karwai Tang/WireImage

Elizabeth Keane, who occupies centre stage in Graham Norton’s new novel, is “a lecturer in Romantic poetry living in a tiny rented apartment” in New Y(...)

Favourite album? I normally listen to Elvis Costello and punk and new wave from the 1980s, but I’ve tried to get into music I wouldn’t usually listen(...)

Emily Fridlund: While the two plots might lessen the power of their individual stories, they work well in juxtaposition to highlight the novel’s themes

“What’s the difference between what you think and what you end up doing?” Complex questions around culpability are the crux of Emily Fridlund’s debut (...)

Michèle Forbes is also an award-winning actor, and her insight into the world of performance is astute

How well can we really know the people we fall in love with? The warning signs of a doomed romance are there from the beginning of Michèle Forbes’s an(...)