‘Children’s fairy tale’ becomes cinema epic
When Tolkien’s ‘The Hobbit’ was published, it was reviewed as a bedtime story. This week it hits the big screen as a three-part drama aimed at adults. Has popular culture become too childish?
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?
Harry Potter author launches book for adults
J.K. Rowling’s ‘The Casual Vacancy’ was released this week. It is the first adult’s book from the celebrated children’s author. Has she succeeded in crossing the divide?
Booker shortlist prizes literary establishment
The shortlist for the Man Booker Prize was announced yesterday. But the year’s best novels share the literary world with a growing mass of self-published books.
Celebrated ‘Wild Things’ creator dies aged 83
Children’s author Maurice Sendak has died of a stroke. His dark, surreal stories and beautiful illustrations were adored by young and old – but they were more than just playful fantasies.
New book offers love lessons from literature
Released this week to critical acclaim, a new book called ‘Much Ado About Loving’ distils the works of the world’s literary greats into useful relationship advice for modern readers.
Poets withdraw from prestigious £15,000 prize
Two renowned poets have withdrawn from the T.S. Eliot Prize because they objected to where the prize money had come from. Does it matter who funds the arts?
Art through the looking glass at new exhibition
Nearly 150 years after ‘Alice in Wonderland’ was written, a new exhibition explores how Lewis Carroll’s surreal story has inspired artists. Why are we so attracted to his fantastical world?
Texting is the new poetry, says UK’s poet laureate
2 txt or nt 2 txt, tht is th Q. According to poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy, the abbreviated messages shuttling between our mobiles might just be the stuff of Shakespeare.
World Book Day: salute a revolutionary object
Books are both loved and feared for their power. Often banned by religious and political tyrants, they can be a true force for change. Why is it important to celebrate intellectual freedom?