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Top 10 world records

In our final Guinness World Records gallery, we're taking a look at some of the downright oddest records in this year's book. Read more
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Read The Once and Future King

With the role of the monarchy under scrutiny once more, now's the time to look back on a great (fictional) monarch. Reissued in a beautiful new edition and recently adapted for Radio 4, The Once and Future King by T.H. White follows King Arthur and includes The Sword in the Stone, The Witch in the Wood , The Ill-Made Knight, The Candle in the Wind and The Book of Merlyn. Read more
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A chance encounter

Katherine Webb tells us how the discovery of a single photograph led her to the desperate plight of Puglian peasants, and ultimately the inspiration for her new novel. Read more
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Historical hair

We're just over midway through "Movember", so here's Lucinda Hawksley with a little historical inspiration drawn from the National Portrait Gallery's archives to get you through the last few itchy faced days, or perhaps convince you to make your burgeoning whiskers a permanent feature. Read more
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Words of Wisdom for Every Day – R.J. Palacio

This week it is Anti-Bullying Week in the UK and Random House has joined up with the Anti-Bullying Alliance to launch an anti-bullying campaign in schools called Choose Kind. R.J. Palacio writes of how 365 Days of Wonder was inspired by the very first precept in her novel Wonder - encouraging children to Choose Kind.  Read more
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Read The Dark Wild

Piers Torday, author of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize shortlisted novel The Last Wild, has won The Guardian Children's Prize for Fiction 2014 with his new book, The Dark Wild. Read the prologue here. Read more
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Look to the stars…

Look up at the night’s sky: above us is a jet-black canvas pricked with white dots, and a carnival of animals, mythical creatures, gods and goddesses in its shining constellations. In Stories in the Stars, Susanna Hislop – writer and stargazer – and Hannah Waldron – international artist – leap between centuries, cultures and traditions to present a whole universe of stories in all their blazing glory. Read more
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Berlin Stories

Joseph Kanon, author of our Fiction Book of the Month Leaving Berlin, explains how his novel came about through pulling at the loose thread of another story.

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Cathy – a Gallery

First published in 1986 in a limited run and long out of print Kate Bush's brother John Carder Bush has reissued Cathy, a remarkably intimate insight of photography and prose into the life of a young Kate Bush. Read more
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Codename Strömer

For Peter Millar the fall of the Berlin Wall brought confirmation that he had been spied on the whole time, and the surreal experience of reading his own Stasi file... Read more
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East German For Ever

On the twenty-fifth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Maxim Leo considers his evolving relationship with his nationality - and the shifting focus of interest in the GDR. Read more
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The young Pratchett

Kirsten Armstrong - Terry Pratchett's children's books editor - explains how his new collection of stories for children provides an insight to the development of his extraordinary imagination. Read more
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Read Red Love

Read an extract from Maxim Leo's Red Love: The Story of an East German Family where the author his recalls arrest and interrogation... Read more
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In conversation: Peter Carey

Peter Carey speaks to us about his new novel Amnesia which the Guardian described as "the story of Wikileaks as if transmogrified by Dickens and turned into a thrilling fable of our post-Edward Snowden era." Consider our interest piqued. Read more
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Authors’ Books of the Year 2014

We asked some of our favourite writers - including Karen Joy Fowler, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Susan Hill and Helen Macdonald - to tell us what books they've most loved reading this year. Read more