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Clare Finney: ‘When you come together to eat, things are ok’

As her new book is released, Clare Finney reflects on a lifetime of eating — and how it’s brought her closer to every type of love


This is Europe by Ben Judah: an astonishing achievement

Ben Judah, This is Europe. The way we live now.


Hitler, Stalin, Mum and Dad by Daniel Finkelstein: a brilliant memoir

Implicit throughout this brilliant book is the understanding that, for every survival story like his, there are millions unwritten


Boxing, prison and trauma — Peter McDonagh on fighting for his life

As the former champion boxer releases his autobiography, Irish Blood & Grit, he speaks to the Standard about how the sport both saved him and was a form of self-harm after a troubled childhood


Dua Lipa and Douglas Stuart in conversation at Hay Festival

The pop star invited the Shuggie Bain novelist along for a live recording of her podcast At Your Service


Malorie Blackman and Stormzy: ‘libraries are the great equaliser’

The pair discussed the power of literature, representation and five years of #Merky Books


Who is Georgi Gospodinov, the International Booker Prize winner?

“The country would have a collective orgasm if we win,” said Gospodinov’s translator Angela Rodel before the winner was announced


5 best books by Martin Amis

Alex Peake-Tomkinson on the late author’s career-defining works


The Guest by Emma Cline: one of the hottest books of the summer

In her first novel since The Girls, Emma Cline applies her literary gifts to the story of a young escort hustling at hotels — and being exploited herself


Naomi Alderman on The Power: ‘we are living in a dystopia right now’

The Power author and now co-screenwriter of the novel’s adaptation chats revolutions, women’s fear and Margaret Atwood


Shirley Ballas announces debut crime novel Murder on the Dance Floor

This is only the first of at least two books as the TV judge plans a whole series called The Sequin Mysteries


Millie Bobby Brown announces details of debut novel Nineteen Steps

The Stranger Things actress’ first step into the literary world is described as ‘a moving tale of longing, loss and secrets, and the lengths that we will go to fight for love’


International Booker prize long list announced for 2023

The long list for the 2023 prize worth £50,000 has been announced


Roxane Gay: ‘gender fascism is on the rise’

Ahead of her first UK tour, the iconic author of Bad Feminist tells Jason Okundaye about the fight for equality, life after weight-loss surgery and the new book she’s writing with Channing Tatum


How Terry Pratchett fans can see lost short stories by sci-fi author

A Stroke of the Pen: The Lost Stories will be published in October


Roald Dahl ‘Classic Collection’ to be released in wake of editing row

The classic collection will sit alongside the newly-released Roald Dahl books for young readers, which have been rewritten to cater for the sensitivities of modern audiences


Rishi Sunak criticises Roald Dahl edits: Who else is against rewrites?

‘I think it’s important that works of literature and works of fiction are preserved and not airbrushed,’ said the PM’s spokesperson


Why are Roald Dahl’s books being rewritten?

Publisher Puffin hired sensitivity readers to rewrite passages to edit out words such as ‘fat’ and ‘ugly’


How Jessica George’s new novel Maame became the hottest debut of 2023

The 28-year-old’s fictional tale sold for seven figures, is a New York Times bestseller and is already being turned into a TV series set in London, with comparison to Candice Carty-Williams’ novel Queenie. Katie Strick meets her


Victory City: Bravo to this bewildering mix of satire and fantasy

The author’s first novel since he was attacked last year celebrates the merits of pluralism, and the dreariness of fanaticism


Who is Salman Rushdie? Satanic Verses author to release new book

One of his previous novels, Satanic Verses, has been banned in a number of countries and led to a bounty being placed on the author’s head.


Best romance books: Try these must-read love stories

From surefire page-turners to coming-of-age classics, these romance books offer true love in literary form


Best autobiographies that you should read

The powerful and informative true stories behind some of the most iconic names


Best books with film or TV adaptations

Read the inspiration behind some of the most loved TV shows and films


Has social media ruined reading?

From cute colour-coded #shelfies to competitive reading challenges, have books become more about online performance than quiet pleasure?


Spare by Prince Harry: sad tale of a young man trapped in the past

From a childhood cut short to his simmering rage towards the British press via many grievances against his own family, Prince Harry’s memoir is elegantly written and a triumphant vehicle for telling his side of the story


Really Good, Actually: funny and relatable but over-hyped

The debut novel by Schitt’s Creek screenwriter Monica Heisey is one of the most highly-anticipated of the year — but her millennial tale of singledom and friendship falters, says Alex Peake-Tomkinson


The Shards by Bret Easton Ellis review: a tired return to old ground

This flawed novel about rich privileged teens experimenting with drugs in LA does not live up to the potential of the great American novelist


Fans buy Harry’s memoir at midnight to read story from ‘horse’s mouth’

Harry’s controversial memoir, which was leaked and also sold early by some book shops in Spain last week, was officially released at 12am


The debut authors you’ll love in 2023

From the Londoner whose first book sold for a whopping seven figures to the food writer being compared to Nora Ephron, Francesca Brown compiles the year’s most hyped new writers ten literary names to know now


Fay Weldon dead: Author of Loves of a She-Devil dies aged 91

The acclaimed dramatist was known for her works, The Cloning of Joanna May, The Life, Loves of a She-Devil and the Booker prize-shortlisted Praxis


Best books to buy for children this Christmas

Capture the big imaginations of the little people in your life with these magical reads. Melanie McDonagh rounds up her favourites


Katy Hessel: gender disparity in art is still completely shocking

The art historian has just won Waterstones Book of the Year for The Story of Art without Men. She talks to Hattie Crisell


Pandemic Diaries by Matt Hancock review

This is a vainglorious and revealing work by Matt Hancock, giving his side of the story, writes Robbie Smith


Kazuo Ishiguro on Living, his first screenplay in 17 years

“We haven’t made way for the younger generation perhaps to the extent that we should have done”


I self-censored work after Salman Rushdie attack, says Booker winner

Booker Prize winner Shehan Karunatilaka says he considers whether causing offence will “cost you more than you anticipated”