Zadie Smith

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Sally Rooney: Waterstones’ staff named Normal People as their favourite book to recommend last year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A good measure of a book’s success is: are booksellers tired of being asked if they have it in stock? In one south London bookshop, the owner has put (...)

James Mustich: “I spent 14 years writing this and I know that I’m going to spend the next 14 years hearing from people what should have been in it.”

1,000 Books to Read Before You Die: A Life-Changing List, by the American author James Mustich, is best understood less as a book, more as a kind of i(...)

Adam Buxton: his interviews are gentle, funny and compassionate.
Podcasts: Adam Buxton

Podcasts are a particularly special medium because of their propensity for incredible specificity. For example, if I want to listen to a podcast about(...)

Edna O’Brien

The 2018 Hay Festival, in collaboration with The Pool, published this list of 100 books by women, including works by Iris Murdoch, Edna O’Brien, Maria(...)

Infinite non-comedic possibilities: Ed Aczel

If I wait another 18 years, then the spiral-bound calendar that has spent the last 10 years on my desk will finally be correct again, the days of the (...)

Claire Denis with Juliette Binoche, who stars in her latest film Let The Sunshine In

“When you say ‘female director’ I already want to stop this conversation!” Claire Denis almost yells. “Female director? I feel like I am an animal. I (...)

The 2014 Man Booker prize ceremony at London’s Guildhall. Photograph: Getty Images

An overwhelming majority of authors in the Folio Academy, which includes Irish writers John Banville, Colm Tóibín, and Belinda McKeown, along with Mar(...)

Ernest Hemingway: “Always stop while you are going good.” Photograph: Lloyd Arnold/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Over the past year, Helen Gordon and I have been putting together Being a Writer, a collection of musings, tips and essays from some of our favourite (...)

 Sally Rooney has won the 2017 ‘Sunday Times’/Peters Fraser + Dunlop Young Writer of the Year Award. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Irish author Sally Rooney has won the 2017 Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award for her first novel, Conversations With Friends (Faber &am(...)

Kim Kardashian:  ‘Vogue’ quoted a plethora of just some of the frightening-sounding treatments required to achieve a body in the Kardashian style. Photograph: Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images

Browsing through Twitter a couple of weeks back, I happened upon a link to an article on Vogue. com. Apart from advertising the very distinct reality (...)

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