David Eldridge: “I’m trying to define what romance might mean." Photograph: Alan Betson

It’s not a question I tend to ask men I have only just met, especially not at 11 in the morning, but I want to know if David Eldridge is romantic. He (...)

AJ Pearce's novel ‘Dear Mrs Bird’ is cheerful and hopeful about people sticking together through difficult times. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

I was once at a literary festival where a panel of serious male authors discussed how they mentally and physically prepared themselves for writing the(...)