One book we're very excited about that's coming this autumn is Yuval Noah Harari
's Sapiens: A Brief History of Mankind
. Here's an extract and a beautiful video to get a flavour of it. Read more
Deep: A Sea Odyssey
is this week's Radio 4 Book of the Week - read the opening chapter here.
At a time when it has never been easier to self-publish, what is the value of a publisher? Are they redundant in this brave new world? Sam Jordison
explains how conventional publishers, and particularly independents with distinct characters like his own Galley Beggar Press, are perhaps needed now more than ever.
Not in any way associating great writers with a fondness for alcohol - the novelist James Salter
shares the secret to the perfect martini.
Tolkien, mortuaries, and the death of comic book stars - it's been another tumultuous week in books...
With the Imperial War Museum London reopening this Saturday, their Senior Historian Terry Charman
shares some of the stories which defined life on the Home Front during the First World War.
introduces an extract from his first hand account of disaster on the Antarctic seas - Last Man Off
, Radio 4's Book of the Week this week.
Read the prologue to The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book
- Radio 4's Book of the Week last week.
Queen of Bakes, Mary Berry
shares a recipe for an indulgent take on the classic savoury scone.
A load of bull. Well, there's one question which contains bull. Bulls plural actually. Then nine other questions which don't contain bulls. But may contain bull. Anyway...
's book Shocking Brazil
chronicles six crucial defeats suffered by the Brazillian national team. After last night's game, he's hard at work on another chapter. In the meantime, enjoy this extended extract where he all but predicts that a crushing defeat was on the horizon. Read more
introduces her innovative new cookbook, The Recipe Wheel
, and shares a delicious Salted pistachio chocolate cake - and
a playlist of music to listen to while you make it.
Our Week in Books Quiz has been taken over by Puffins! How tall is a Borrower? Which rabbit had premonitions in Watership Down? This and more in A Puffin Book Quiz!
, author of the novel The Art of Baking Blind
, shares a chocolately family favourite and explains how the idea of a personal "signature bake" inspired her book.
With the Leeds to Harrogate leg of the Tour de France marking the start of the greatest race on two wheels this Saturday, we wanted to bring you our selection of the best bike books about.
explains how she came to write Empress Dowager Cixi: the Concubine who Launched Modern China
- our Non-fiction Book of the Month for July. Read more
(Pronounced "reeding" not "reding"- get it?) Festival season kicks off today at Glastonbury, and last we heard the rain had just stopped, briefly. If you'd rather stay in doors, in the warm and dry here's our essential festival reading list...
With Metallica about to show Glastonbury how it's done tomorrow night, we revisit the release of their seminal album Master of Puppets
in this extract from Birth School Metallica Death: Volume II
by Paul Brannigan
and Ian Winwood
Norwich is a city of spires, rivers, great pubs, excellent coffee shops, but, most importantly, it is England’s first UNESCO City of Literature. Rowan Whiteside
from our Norwich bookshop shares a just some of its literary achievements. Read more
Read the first chapter of our Book Club book of the week, Last Days of the Bus Club
by Chris Stewart
. Read more
speaks to Chris Stewart
on writing our Book Club book of the week, Last Days of the Bus Club
We spoke to Michael Calvin
, author of this year's Times
Sports Book of the Year award about his compassionate look at the lives of football's talent spotters - The Nowhere Men
, Martin Amis
, Margaret Atwood
and Hilary Mantel
are among the first big names announced for this year's The Times
and The Sunday Times
Cheltenham Literature Festival. Read more
Award-winning actress and comic writer Rebecca Front
talks to her brother Jeremy Front
about her new book, Curious
, and shares an extract.