As Christmas draws ever closer, poet John Fuller
sets us a puzzle perfect for the big day. Read more
shares a delicious centre-piece dish you can prepare ahead of time for your festive feast.
The winner of the Guardian First Book Award - Colin Barrett
's collection of stories, Young Skins
- is this week's Weekend Read. Haven't read it yet? Have a read of this extract and tell us what you think on Twitter using #WeekendReads
Today, George R. R. Martin
's enchanting tale - The Ice Dragon
- hits the shelves. Lavishly illustrated by artist Luis Royo, The Ice Dragon
tells the captivating and heartwarming story of a young girl and her dragon. Read the opening chapter here.
Death, diamonds and mismatched socks feature in this week's Wednesday Story, started by Nikesh Shukla
- author of Meatspace
and Coconut Unlimited -
and finished by our Twitter authors. Here's what you came up with.
A children's book with no pictures may sound like a strange concept but let B. J. Novak
explain all... Read more
, author of The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets
, looks at how Fermat's Theorem makes a surprising appearance in The Simpsons
. Read more
, author and illustrator of the critically-acclaimed Iremonger
series discusses his inspirations (landscapes, the Victorians and yes, rubbish) and shows us his remarkable sketchbook. Read more
To celebrate the release of Haruki Murakami's The Strange Library
, read the opening pages from his new short story. Plus, take a photo of your 'strange' books and we'll build our own strange library! Read more
We asked our Facebook and Twitter followers for questions to ask Richard Adams
, in celebration of the new illustrated editions of Watership Down
. Here are his answers to some of our favourites...
Tom Fletcher and Dougie Poynter reveal what was 'too rude' to make it into their book series The Dinosaur That Pooped...
Candy sweet on the outside, green (with envy) on the inside; one slight quirk of chemistry and this recipe is transformed. This is a cake that is capable of so much more than it seems. Read more
Stuck for a #WeekendRead
? Why not try the first chapter of Lamentation
by C. J. Sansom. Read more
A visit to the remote and forbidding mansion of Black Dudley turns deadly in this extract from Margery Allingham's The Crime at Black Dudley
, available exclusively at Waterstones
until May 2015. Read more
Everyone loves a Christmas carol - in the end, even Scrooge. But how much do you
know about the meanings behind them?
What are the true meanings behind our favourite Christmas carols? Where did they originate? Luckily, Christmas Carols
author Andrew Gant
is on hand to tell us more about the history of one of our most beloved Christmas carols, Ding Dong! Merrily on High
Yesterday, we asked our Twitter followers to help us write a story. The first and final lines were written by Liz De Jager
, author of Banished
But where did it go from there?
Here's what you came up with.
In an extract from his autobiography No Limits
, Ian Poulter
discusses his golfing attire.
As the Reith Lectures begin today on Radio 4, with Being Mortal: Illness, Medicine and What Matters in the End, Dr Atul Gawande discusses his experiences as a surgeon.
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
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.
From The Second Half
, Roy Keane
discusses his FA disciplinary hearing and Roddy Doyle
talks about working with the legendary footballer.
With David Cameron
warning of another economic downturn, John Lanchester
explains why it is important that we all learn How to Speak Money
... Read more
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.
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.