#WednesdayStory: Matt Haig

Trains, drugs and a mysterious woman feature in this week's #WednesdayStory, started by The Human's author Matt Haig and finished by our lovely Twitter followers. Here's what you came up with: Read more

The Hobbit: judging a book from its cover?

As we get ready for the final instalment in The Hobbit movie trilogy, we’ve decided to look at the evolution of The Hobbit covers, from the original facsimile edition to newly illustrated editions and film adaptations. Laura Di Giuseppe, J.R.R. Tolkien Brand Manager at HarperCollins Publishers has picked her favourite The Hobbit cover. Which one is yours? Read more

#WednesdayStory: James Dawson

Pills, mechanical bears and bone keys feature in this week's Wednesday Story, started by Queen of Teen James Dawson and finished by our Twitter authors. Here's what you came up with. Read more
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

#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

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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Costa Book Awards Shortlists announced

The shortlists for the 2014 Costa Book Awards have been announced, including Man-Booker Prize shortlisted novels and the Samuel Johnson Prize winner. It's going to be a tough one for the judges this year. Here's the category shortlists. Read more