ArtsBeat: New Jonathan Franzen Novel, ‘Purity,’ Coming in September

Mr. Franzen’s publisher described “Purity” as a multigenerational American epic, centered on a young woman named Purity Tyler.

November 17, 2014, 20:55
Neil Gaiman: Libraries are cultural 'seed corn' Neil Gaiman: Libraries are cultural 'seed corn'

The author tells Toby Litt how these ‘safe spaces’ were vital to him as a child, and why their closure endangers our future

November 17, 2014, 14:05
The best optical illusions to bend your eyes and blow your mind – in pictures The best optical illusions to bend your eyes and blow your mind – in pictures

Clive Gifford’s book has just been crowned winner of the , which is judged by young peopleHere Clive shares some his favourite optical illusions from the book

November 17, 2014, 14:05
Talking With the Authors of ‘Gone Girl’ and ‘Wild’

The authors of “Gone Girl” and “Wild,” both made into films this season, talk about confounding stereotypes and making their work relevant to men as well as women.

yesterday, 14:00
Harry Potter: latest news & rumours Harry Potter: latest news & rumours

The latest news, rumours and stories about Harry Potter and JK Rowling

yesterday, 17:27
Ladybird drops branding books ‘for boys’ or ‘for girls’ Ladybird drops branding books ‘for boys’ or ‘for girls’

Much-loved publisher of books for youngsters says it does not want ‘to be seen to be limiting children in any way’

today, 14:47
Winnie the Pooh banned from Polish playground for being an 'inappropriate hermaphrodite' Winnie the Pooh banned from Polish playground for being an 'inappropriate hermaphrodite'

Winnie the Pooh has been banned from a Polish playground because of his “dubious sexuality” and “inappropriate” dress.

today, 11:41
The top 10 words invented by writers The top 10 words invented by writers

‘Authorisms’ – neologisms coined by authors which have entered the wider language – have been enriching English for centuries. From Shakespeare to Joseph Heller, Paul Dickson selects his favourites

yesterday, 13:30
Paddington, review: 'a total delight' Paddington, review: 'a total delight'

Robbie Collin expected nostalgia from the new Paddington film but he also found himself laughing out loud at the adventures of Michael Bond's much-loved bear

yesterday, 8:17
Vape gathers linguistic steam to become Word of the Year 2014 Vape gathers linguistic steam to become Word of the Year 2014

Oxford Dictionaries settles on term for using e-cigarettes after the word’s usage more than doubled in the last year

November 18, 2014, 7:30