‘Vile’ teen book scoops prestigious prize
A disturbing teen novel by Kevin Brooks, about a boy who is held hostage, has just been awarded one of literature’s most important prizes. Is young adult fiction becoming too dark?
Beloved detective bids ‘au revoir’ to TV
After playing Hercule Poirot for 25 years in 70 Agatha Christie stories, David Suchet is finally leaving the fastidious Belgian behind. Is Poirot the greatest fictional detective?
Booker win breaks youngest and longest records
The 2013 Man Booker Prize goes to a novel of a weighty 832 pages. The judges say it’s a serious work by a promising young literary star. But are big books just too long for modern readers?
Outrage as novelist kills off hunky hero
Mark Darcy, love interest for the heroine of the Bridget Jones books and her fans, is already dead as the third volume of fictional diaries is published. Why the outpouring of grief?
Fans mourn loss of beloved author Iain Banks
Since the death of prolific novelist Iain Banks this weekend, thousands of heartfelt and grief-stricken tributes have filled his website. Why do we become so attached to our writers?
Landmark award for blood-soaked Tudor saga
Hilary Mantel is the first Brit and the first woman to win the Booker Prize twice. But is it the extraordinary characters at the court of King Henry VIII that make her books so popular?