Lost works of ‘Catcher in the Rye’ author revealed
For the last 45 years of his life, JD Salinger hid himself and his writings from public view. Now filmmakers have unearthed details about his mystery works. Was he wrong to keep them secret?
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?
‘Bilge!’ mock critics as Dan Brown sales rocket
With his action-packed stories and intricate plotting, Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown is more widely read than almost any writer alive. So why do critics greet his books with such contempt?
Young writers list sparks literary debate
Helen Oyeyemi, Ross Raisin, Nadifa Mohamed: all names to watch out for, after featuring among Granta’s famous Best of Young British Novelists. But are these lists really worth the hype?
Europe frostbitten by wintriest March in decades
Saturday was World Weather Day, and the bitter cold was on everyone’s lips. But do seasons still matter in a society where few rely on weather conditions for their livelihoods?
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?
Memoir reveals the secrets of Rushdie fatwa
In 1989, a Muslim leader condemned writer Salman Rushdie to death for his ‘blasphemous’ novel ‘The Satanic Verses’. Now, Rushdie’s new memoir makes the case for freedom of speech.
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.
Wit, writer, ‘modern Oscar Wilde’: Gore Vidal dies
After a life at the heart of American glamour and controversy, author and essayist Gore Vidal has died. Many say the world has lost one of the last real celebrities of intellect and wit.
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?
King James Bible celebrated in royal service
The Queen was among the congregation at a grand church ceremony to mark 400 years since the great Bible translation was finished. It was the culmination of a year of special events.
The fall, rise and fall of Ernest Hemingway
He was America's most celebrated writer. Anxious and depressed, he killed himself with a shotgun. It was an explosive end to a dangerous life.