Joseph O’Connor:  his story of a rock band’s rise from Thatcher-era London to the Hollywood Bowl has  been shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize. Photograph: Eric Luke

Joseph O’Connor’s story of a rock band’s rise from Thatcher-era London to the Hollywood Bowl and John Niven’s tale of a debauched Irish novelist ha(...)

Anne of Green Gables By LM MontgomeryThis story of a red-haired orphan taken in by two elderly siblings in Canada’s Prince Edward Island has delighted(...)

Neil Gaiman: ‘I was the kid going, Why don’t weird things ever happen? And of course they were happening all the time. I just didn’t notice them.’ Photograph: Steve Black/Rex Features

When Neil Gaiman was about eight he invented a family. This fictional clan lived near his own home in the Suffolk countryside. “I heard that one of th(...)

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