Toni Morrison: ‘I’m writing for black people … I don’t have to apologise’ Toni Morrison: ‘I’m writing for black people … I don’t have to apologise’

As her latest book God Help the Child is published, the Nobel prizewinner talks about the danger of beauty, supporting Hillary and earning the right to say ‘Shut up’ Of all the mantles that have been foisted on Toni Morrison’s shoulders, the heaviest has to be “the conscience of America”. It’s both absurd-sounding and true. For almost half a century her subject has been racial...

April 25, 2015, 11:30
William Shakespeare birthday: 50 popular phrases that came from the famous playwright William Shakespeare birthday: 50 popular phrases that came from the famous playwright

This also marks what would have been the 451th birthday of England's greatest playwright, .

April 23, 2015, 14:01
A victory for gender equality on the high seas A victory for gender equality on the high seas

An eight-year-old girl has scored a victory for gender equality after a publisher stopped marketing books “for boys” and “for girls” following a petition she launched at her school.

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How turning to Trollope saved my life How turning to Trollope saved my life

On the 200th anniversary of Anthony Trollope's birth, novelist Amanda Craig explains how his work helped her through dark times

April 24, 2015, 12:12
Authors criticise Green Party plan to reduce copyright to 14 years Authors criticise Green Party plan to reduce copyright to 14 years

Philip Pullman and Jessie Burton join writers alarmed by the plans to reduce copyright in a pledge to 'encourage greater sharing'

April 23, 2015, 13:51
Most-shared books: the favourites we give again and again Most-shared books: the favourites we give again and again

As thousands prepare to hand out books at World Book Night tonight, here are the titles we can't stop giving

April 23, 2015, 12:15
Sir Christopher Bayly obituary Sir Christopher Bayly obituary

Leading historian of India who took an Asian-centred view of the British empire

April 23, 2015, 19:08
The 16 best YA books of 2015 The 16 best YA books of 2015

The must-read young adult fiction (YA) and best teen books released in 2015. Updated weekly

April 24, 2015, 11:30
Keeping An Eye Open by Julian Barnes, book review: Painter essays impress with their flashes of illumination Keeping An Eye Open by Julian Barnes, book review: Painter essays impress with their flashes of illumination

This is a dazzling collection of essays on art gathered together for the first time in book form, most of which I had never seen before. Some I had read previously, but one in particular I knew intimately and for a curiously satisfying reason. Called simply "Bonnard: Marthe, Marthe, Marthe, Marthe", it appeared originally in Modern Painters in the spring of 1998. I still own a copy of...

April 23, 2015, 15:00
How well do you know famous books' opening lines? How well do you know famous books' opening lines?

You may be an avid reader, but can you remember those opening lines? Test your knowledge by filling in the blanks - and find out how much of a book geek you really are.

April 23, 2015, 9:00