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Samuel Johnson Prize 2013 shortlist announced

From Afghanistan to England's green and pleasant land; from the creation of the War Graves, to the plight of the bumblebee; from the lady who was not for turning to the poet turned fascist dictator - it can only be the 15th Samuel Johnson Prize shortlist... Read more

Just do it…

Rachel Abbott, whose second thriller The Back Road is out now, writes about her experience of self-publishing and how she became a no.1 bestselling eBook author... Read more

Mad About the Lad

As the nation awaits the return of nineties' heroine Bridget Jones next month, Alwyn Turner, author of A Classless Society, takes a look at the writing that defined the decade... Read more

The John Lennon Letters

The John Lennon Letters brings together some three hundred letters and postcards from John to friends, fans, loves and even the laundry - many illustrated in his own humorous style. Take a look at this letter from John to his first wife Cynthia on their first Christmas... Read more
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Tom Holland’s desert island bookcase…

Historian Tom Holland is the author of a number of widely acclaimed books, and has been referred to as "the greatest young historian working today." This week, his new translation of Herodotus' enduring masterpiece The Histories is published, and we asked Tom to pick five books from his own bookcase which still resonate with him today... Read more

Fitzgeraldalia: Therese Anne Fowler

Today, on F. Scott Fitzgerald's birthday, Therese Anne Fowler, whose book Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald was published in paperback earlier this month, discusses the enduring appeal of the Fitzgeralds... Read more

Writing Jobs

Walter Isaacson's stunning biography of Steve Jobs is finally (almost) as portable as your iPhone now it's out in paperback. In our extract, you can read how he came to write it... Read more

The best new Graphic Novels

As the market for graphic novels grows, so does their incredible range. Here our Guildford bookshop's own Cara Fielder with her choice of the newest graphic novels that reflect the diversity of the genre that many continue to underestimate... Read more

My first meeting with Uri Geller

Investigative journalist Jonathan Margolis' new book might well be the strangest story ever told - that of Uri Geller: the CIA masterspy. Here he tells of his first meeting with the mystic enigma... Read more
Command and Control

Push the button? – Command and Control

Investigative journalist Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation, is back with a ground-breaking account of the management of nuclear weapons centred around an accident in Arkansas, where a handful of men struggled to prevent the explosion of a ballistic missile carrying the most powerful nuclear warhead ever built by the United States... Read more