What is a ‘trigger warning’ and why are they controversial?
J.K. Rowling reading from Harry Potter
Getting to grips with . . .

What is a ‘trigger warning’ and why are they controversial?

Debate continues over whether content labelling helps or harms students
28 Jan 2022
The Ticket Collector from Belarus: a ‘heart-rending tale’
Book cover
In Review

The Ticket Collector from Belarus: a ‘heart-rending tale’

Mike Anderson and Neil Hanson delve into the early life of the prolific war criminal Anthony Sawoniuk
28 Jan 2022
Book of the week: The Last Emperor of Mexico by Edward Shawcross
Maximilian, Emperor of Mexico from 1832-1867
In Review

Book of the week: The Last Emperor of Mexico by Edward Shawcross

Although Maximilian’s reign proved short-lived, it makes for a ‘jaw-dropping story’
21 Jan 2022
US culture war: why book bans are back
Republican Representative Matt Krause
Between the lines

US culture war: why book bans are back

Hundreds of titles targeted in school libraries stand-off between ‘traditionalists’ and ‘left-wing’ rivals
20 Jan 2022
Book of the week: The Sinner and the Saint
Fyodor Dostoevsky in 1861
In Review

Book of the week: The Sinner and the Saint

Kevin Birmingham explores Fyodor Dostoevsky’s inspiration for Crime and Punishment
14 Jan 2022
How to use books for home decor and interior design
Books in a basket
Getting to grips with . . .

How to use books for home decor and interior design

Books are back – and they’re not just for ‘credibility bookcase’ backgrounds
11 Jan 2022
Book of the week: Flying Blind by Peter Robison
Lion Air aircraft
In Review

Book of the week: Flying Blind by Peter Robison

The Bloomberg journalist investigates the tragic failure of Boeing’s 737 Max plane
7 Jan 2022
Veganuary: five of the best cookbooks
Taken from Vegan Roasting Pan by Katy Beskow
On the menu

Veganuary: five of the best cookbooks

With record numbers set to take part in Veganuary, there’s never been a better time to go plant-powered
3 Jan 2022
Quidditch to change name over trans row
Student runs with ball towards a hoop on a playing field
Stranger than fiction

Quidditch to change name over trans row

Alternatives include ‘quickball’, ‘quicker’, ‘quidstrike’ and ‘quadraball’
20 Dec 2021
Nine of the best food books from 2021
Sambal Shiok: The Malaysian Cookbook by Mandy Yin
In Focus

Nine of the best food books from 2021

Must-read books from Mandy Yin, Nigel Slater and more
17 Dec 2021
Ten best business books of 2021
Fall: The Mystery of Robert Maxwell by John Preston
In Focus

Ten best business books of 2021

Essential reading about companies, management and the economy
13 Dec 2021
Patricia Highsmith: Her Diaries and Notebooks – ‘a generally excellent book’
Patricia Highsmith posing for a photo
In Review

Patricia Highsmith: Her Diaries and Notebooks – ‘a generally excellent book’

This book offers a fascinating window into the writer's inner life
10 Dec 2021
Jon Ronson: my five best books about the culture wars
Jon Ronson on Zoom
Expert’s view

Jon Ronson: my five best books about the culture wars

The culture wars form the subject of his new eight-part series
3 Dec 2021
Book of the week: The Contrarian by Max Chafkin
Mike Pence, Donald Trump and Peter Thiel
In Review

Book of the week: The Contrarian by Max Chafkin

Biography challenges the image of Silicon Valley as a hotbed of idealism and progressive liberalism
3 Dec 2021
Sebold, Lucky and the wrongful rape conviction
Author Alice Sebold in 2018
In Depth

Sebold, Lucky and the wrongful rape conviction

Anthony Broadwater cried ‘tears of joy and relief’ after being exonerated following 16 years in prison
1 Dec 2021
Book of the week: The Young H.G. Wells by Claire Tomalin
H.G. Wells in 1939
In Review

Book of the week: The Young H.G. Wells by Claire Tomalin

Tomalin’s ‘compulsively readable’ book shows how Wells became the ‘great prophet of the modern age’
26 Nov 2021
Emerald Fennell: my six best books
Emerald Fennell
Expert’s view

Emerald Fennell: my six best books

The actress and writer chooses her favourite books, from Jane Austen to Nick Cave
19 Nov 2021
Book of the week: Beyond a Fringe by Andrew Mitchell
Conservative MP Andrew Mitchell
In Review

Book of the week: Beyond a Fringe by Andrew Mitchell

The Conservative MP has written a ‘wonderfully funny’ memoir full of valuable insights into our political culture
19 Nov 2021
Give the gift of reading all year round
A row of children's books
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Give the gift of reading all year round

There are many ways to encourage reading – giving choice is one of the most powerful
18 Nov 2021
Book of the week: The Lyrics by Paul McCartney
George Harrison and Paul McCartney on stage
In Review

Book of the week: The Lyrics by Paul McCartney

McCartney’s charming delve into his back catalogue is the ‘closest to an autobiography we’ll get’
12 Nov 2021
Book of the week: Orwell’s Roses by Rebecca Solnit
1984 by George Orwell
In Review

Book of the week: Orwell’s Roses by Rebecca Solnit

This curious, meandering book restores ‘something missing’ from the popular perception of Orwell
5 Nov 2021
Book of the week: Noble Ambitions by Adrian Tinniswood
Inveraray Castle
In Review

Book of the week: Noble Ambitions by Adrian Tinniswood

Tinniswood’s exploration of the country pile and its place in society
29 Oct 2021
Book of the week: George III by Andrew Roberts
Portraits of George III and Queen Charlotte
In Review

Book of the week: George III by Andrew Roberts

In this mammoth and meticulous biography, Roberts presents a compelling case for the defence of King George III
22 Oct 2021
Inside the Booker Prize: arguments, agonies and minor scandals
The contenders for the 2012 Booker Prize, which was won by Hilary Mantel 
Behind the scenes

Inside the Booker Prize: arguments, agonies and minor scandals

Charlotte Higgins dives into the teeming, fractious history of the UK’s most prestigious fiction award
22 Oct 2021
Book of the week: Crossroads by Jonathan Franzen
Jonathan Franzen
In Review

Book of the week: Crossroads by Jonathan Franzen

Jonathan Franzen’s new book is an absorbing look at the ‘last, confused years of the Age of Aquarius’
15 Oct 2021
The row over Sally Rooney’s Israeli translation boycott
Sally Rooney pictured during a panel event in 2020
Getting to grips with . . .

The row over Sally Rooney’s Israeli translation boycott

The author is refusing to sell rights to Israel-based publisher to print her latest novel in Hebrew
13 Oct 2021
Investments Unwrapped: What makes a book collectable?
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Investments Unwrapped: What makes a book collectable?

Olly Mann talks to world-leading antiquarian book dealer Pom Harrington about rare and valuable books
12 Oct 2021
Book of the week: Black Gold by Jeremy Paxman
Miners pictured after their last shift at Kellingley Colliery, the UK's last deep coal mine, on 18 December 2015 in Knottingley, England
In Review

Book of the week: Black Gold by Jeremy Paxman

Paxman’s history of coal is told with ‘characteristic panache’
8 Oct 2021
Book of the week: Broken Heartlands by Sebastian Payne
Boris Johnson poses with workers during a visit to Wilton Engineering Services
In Review

Book of the week: Broken Heartlands by Sebastian Payne

An ‘engrossing, warm and insightful’ guide to Labour’s evisceration in its traditional heartlands
1 Oct 2021
Sarfraz Manzoor: my five best books
Sarfraz Manzoor
Expert’s view

Sarfraz Manzoor: my five best books

The journalist, broadcaster and screenwriter picks his favourite books
30 Sep 2021
Book of the week: Henry ‘Chips’ Channon - The Diaries 1938-43 
Henry ‘Chips’ Channon The Diaries 1938-43
In Review

Book of the week: Henry ‘Chips’ Channon - The Diaries 1938-43 

Channon’s diaries are a ‘great work of literature’ by a less than great human being
24 Sep 2021
Book of the week: The Radical Potter by Tristram Hunt
Tristram Hunt
In Review

Book of the week: The Radical Potter by Tristram Hunt

In this exceptional biography, Hunt shows that Josiah Wedgwood was the Steve Jobs of his day
17 Sep 2021
Sally Rooney’s Beautiful World, Where Are You: what the critics are saying
Sally Rooney
In Review

Sally Rooney’s Beautiful World, Where Are You: what the critics are saying

The Irish author‘s new book has been described as her best work yet - but not everyone is totally convinced
7 Sep 2021
Book of the week: The Story of Work by Jan Lucassen
The Story of Work cover
In Review

Book of the week: The Story of Work by Jan Lucassen

Lucassen, a Dutch historian, sets out to ‘chronicle the history of human work’
3 Sep 2021
Book of the week: A Brief History of Motion by Tom Standage
Cars
In Review

Book of the week: A Brief History of Motion by Tom Standage

Standage’s history of wheeled transport is richly rewarding
27 Aug 2021
‘Peak wonky wokery’: Tiger Who Came to Tea sparks fierce debate
An annotated page from Judith Kerr’s The Tiger Who Came to Tea
In Brief

‘Peak wonky wokery’: Tiger Who Came to Tea sparks fierce debate

Charity provoked backlash after claiming beloved 1968 book reinforces ‘harmful’ gender stereotypes
25 Aug 2021
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