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10 novels to help you beat the January blues

An uplifting selection of novels, from ‘Mansfield Park’ to Adrian Mole, to give you solace this month

Long Reads

Can ‘pop-lit’ give the literary classics a run for their money?

In the traditional pantheon of ‘great literature’ there is no room for authors such as Maeve Binchy and Len Deighton, whose rollicking reads meet with mass-market appeal but critical snobbery. Self-confessed history man Robert Fisk questions why their work should suffer in comparison

Reviews The Fall and Rise of the Amir Sisters by Nadiya Hussain review News Pulitzer-winning poet Mary Oliver dies, aged 83 Reviews Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield review: A Gothic tale of loss Features Why Marie Kondo needs to remember that our books tell us who we are News Author accuses husband of 'Shakespearean plot' to poison her News Independent bookshops on the rise for the second year running Features Why is reading in the pub so enjoyable? News How Tintin satirised the Soviet Union Reviews Freefall by Jessica Barry, review: A scintillating thriller News Costa Book Award winners revealed Reviews

Hollywood's Eve by Lili Anolik, review: Eve Babitz biography is a hot


Judy Turner, who wrote as Katie Flynn and Judith Saxton, dies aged 82


How young adult fiction has transformed over the past 50 years


100 years of JD Salinger: The world's most famous literary hermit

As the centenary of celebrated author JD Salinger rolls around, Martin Chilton explains why the literary hermit behind 'Catcher in the Rye' would reject such a celebration


Acclaimed Israeli author Amos Oz has died aged 79

Oz, who wrote novels, prose and a widely acclaimed memoir, had reportedly been suffering from cancer

News JK Rowling slates Corbyn's Brexit strategy in series of tweets Reviews North of Dawn by Nuruddin Farah, review: Channels pain into fiction News Michelle Obama takes thinly veiled jab at Trump's White House staff News Barack Obama reveals his favourite books of 2018 Reviews The Gown: A Novel of the Royal Wedding by Jennifer Robson, review Features The 40 best books to read before you die Features John Steinbeck: A flawed genius News Pulitzer winner Alice Walker criticised for citing 'anti-Semitic' book News How Charles M Schulz created Charlie Brown and Snoopy Reviews Keeping At It by Paul A Volcker, review: Delivers a powerful message News Roald Dahl's family receive author's war medals News Who was the poet Nelly Sachs and how did she escape Nazi Germany? News

The best new Christmas books, from Michelle Obama to George RR Martin

Man Booker and Waterstones awards winners up against high-profile memoirs and favourite pulp writers in battle for festive sales


Charles Dickens' 10 best novels

Victorian novelist offers wealth of unforgettable characters and some of the most pointed satire on British society and manners ever committed to paper

News Jackie Chan admits he once threw his son across the room in new memoir News Margaret Atwood warns 'French Revolution' may be inevitable in US News

Bad Sex in Fiction Award: James Frey 'honoured' to win 2018 title


Read the extracts from the Bad Sex in Fiction awards 2018 shortlist


Bad Sex in Fiction: 20 of the worst shortlisted extracts

Features Roald Dahl's 10 best children's books Features Bad Sex in Fiction: 20 of the worst shortlisted extracts Features 30 best children’s books: From Peter Rabbit to Artemis Fowl Features Anna Burns: The new Booker Prize winner who may never write again News Bad sex in fiction awards: Haruki Murakami among all-male shortlist Reviews Hazards of Time Travel review: The horrors of our Orwellian era News Winnie the Pooh 'banned from Disneyland in China' News Sally Rooney's 'Normal People' named Waterstones book of the year Features

Enid Blyton 50 years on: Let’s be more critical about classic books

In 2008, Blyton was voted Britain’s best-loved author. But we should remember that sexism, racism, snobbery and xenophobia all featured in her children’s books, says Ceri Radford


Enid Blyton's 10 finest children's books

Prolific author often attacked for conservative values and limited prose but works actually reveal immense versatility and invention

Long Reads Children’s books are seeing a heyday – and adults are loving them too News Shortlist for Costa Book Awards 2018 announced Reviews Reading George RR Martin's new book Fire and Blood feels like homework News George RR Martin's Game of Thrones novel Fire and Blood – preview Reviews Becoming by Michelle Obama, review: 'An honest endeavour' News Stan Lee created one final Marvel superhero before his death Features Why John le Carré is much better than a TV adaptation could suggest Features Remembrance Day: The legacy of First World War poetry News George RR Martin 'struggling' to finish The Winds of Winter Reviews Past Tense by Lee Child, review: 'I found myself absorbed' News JK Rowling sues former personal assistant for £24,000 News Royal Mint reject Roald Dahl commemorative coin over antisemitic views Features James O’Brien: ‘Brexit’s been good for my career but bad for my soul’ News Charlie Hebdo survivor wins prestigious Paris book prize News

Benjamin Zephaniah makes powerful statement about poet laureate role


Wilfred Owen’s five best poems about war and ‘doomed youth’


Wilfred Owen’s five best poems about war and ‘doomed youth’