Read The Ice Dragon

Read The Ice Dragon

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. Read more

Ask Richard Adams: The Answers

We asked our Facebook and Twitter followers for questions to ask Richard Adams, in celebration of the new illustrated editions of Watership Down and Shardik. Here are his answers to some of our favourites... Read more

Recipe: Heisen(batten)burg cake

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
Ding Dong! Merrily on High

Ding Dong! Merrily on High

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. Read more

#WednesdayStory: Liz De Jager

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 and Vowed. But where did it go from there? Here's what you came up with. Read more
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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

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

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