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King on Carrie

With a new film adaptation out today, Stephen King describes the inspiration behind Carrie, the book which changed his life and set him on the road to becoming the bestselling author he is today... Read more
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Jimi Hendrix on Electric Ladyland

Starting at Zero is a must for Hendrix fans. Intricately weaving together his own words - taken from diaries, poems, interviews and lyrics - to tell the story of his whirlwind career. In our extract, Jimi talks about the creation of Electric Ladyland, and why the controversial English album cover was a shock even to him... Read more
Books about You

Books About You – Novels Written in the Second-Person Narrative

You finish yet another book where a first-person narrator has told you all about their adventures or a nameless god has just finished a story about characters you suspect don’t really exist. ‘I think, therefore I am,’ you think (therefore you are). You want a book about a character you know is real. Let’s face it, you want a book about you. You don’t want to be sitting on the bus to work reading about other people, you want to be reading about nobody but yourself. So, here you are, six books about you. You raging ego-maniac. Read more
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Love letters? Love Nina

Nina Stibbe - author of Love, Nina, which is shortlisted for this year's Waterstones Book of the Year, tells us about the experience of compiling this hilarious and touching collection of family letters... Read more
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Interview: Cerys Matthews

We spoke to Cerys Matthews about her career in music and her joyous book Hook, Line and Singer - perfect inspiration for a winter sing-a-long to warm the heart... Read more
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JFK 50: Libra by Don DeLillo

Today, we're reconstructing the day of John F. Kennedy's assassination with extracts from two books - one fiction and one non-fiction. Here's our second extract, taken from Don DeLillo's modern classic, Libra... Read more
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JFK 50: JFK’s Last Hundred Days

Today, we're reconstructing the events of John F. Kennedy's assassination with extracts from two books - one fiction and one non-fiction. Here's our first extract, an account of the morning of 22nd November 1963 from Thurston Clarke's book, JFK’s Last Hundred Days... Read more
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You’ve come a long way, baby…

From Ernest Hemingway's punch up with Dan Brown, to Stephenie Meyer, Bram Stoker and that kiss... This Saturday, we celebrate a year of Sprout's BookClub - our exclusive and fantastic weekly comic strip from Nye Wright - and we're marking the occasion by taking a look back through the story so far. Happy Birthday Sprout! Read more
Reinventions podcast


In the first of a new podcast series, Rob Chilver and Kate Neilan discuss reinventions - from authors reinventing our favourite characters, to bringing back some of our family favourites... Read more
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James Smythe on Gravity

Acclaimed SF author James Smythe looks at the shared sense of fear in his novel The Explorer and the blockbuster movie of the moment Gravity... Read more