Ten of the best collective nouns Ten of the best collective nouns

From a murder of crows to a misbelief of painters, Chloe Rhodes investigates the intriguing origins of her favourite collective nouns

September 19, 2014, 15:30
Haruki Murakami's illustrated The Strange Library exclusive preview Haruki Murakami's illustrated The Strange Library  exclusive preview

A schoolboy pops into the library to find a book on taxation in the Ottoman empire this is his first mistake. The quest for knowledge takes an unexpected turn in Haruki Murakamis The Strange Library, published for the first time in English this December. Get a sneak preview of Ted Goossens translation in an exclusive gallery of pages from the illustrated edition

September 18, 2014, 14:14
An Event in Autumn review Henning Mankells lugubrious detective Kurt Wallander is back, briefly An Event in Autumn review  Henning Mankells lugubrious detective Kurt Wallander is back, briefly

Published in English for the first time, Mankells delightful novella finds Wallander in typically dejected form

yesterday, 10:30
Hilary Mantel on Margaret Thatcher: 'I can still feel that boiling detestation' Hilary Mantel on Margaret Thatcher: 'I can still feel that boiling detestation'

Hilary Mantel on why it took 30 years to finish her Margaret Thatcher story

September 19, 2014, 13:59
Mordor, he wrote: how the Black Country inspired Tolkien's badlands Mordor, he wrote: how the Black Country inspired Tolkien's badlands

A new show called The Making of Mordor claims the steelworks and blast furnaces of the West Midlands inspired The Lord of the Rings. So did Tolkien see orcs there too? Stuart Jeffries, a Dudley boy, reports

September 19, 2014, 12:00
Hilary Mantel: The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher: August 6th 1983 Hilary Mantel: The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher: August 6th 1983

An exclusive short story by Hilary Mantel

September 19, 2014, 14:00
‘Stone Mattress,’ by Margaret Atwood

There’s plenty of life left in the aging protagonists of Margaret Atwood’s “tales.”

September 19, 2014, 17:47
The best books of 2014 The best books of 2014

The must-read novels, memoirs and history books released in 2014 so far

September 18, 2014, 12:00
Cat Walk: a beautiful gallery of cats by Jackie Morris Cat Walk: a beautiful gallery of cats by Jackie Morris

Jackie Morris is known for celebrating cats and all animals in her books for children. Now she shares a thrilling selection of photographs of her own cats both past and present on their walks together in the stunning Pembrokeshire countryside which she has turned into a book

September 19, 2014, 9:00
Hilary Mantel 'should be investigated by police' over Margaret Thatcher assassination story, says Lord Bell Hilary Mantel 'should be investigated by police' over Margaret Thatcher assassination story, says Lord Bell

Lords and MPs have condemned prize-winning author Hilary Mantel, saying her fantasy of assassinating Margaret Thatcher - written as a short story - is “sick and deranged” and that the author should be investigated by police.

yesterday, 14:03