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Lionel Shriver on the Writing of Should We Stay or Should We Go

Lionel Shriver reveals the inspiration behind her latest genre-bending novel, centring on a suicide pact between an ageing couple.

Elinor Cleghorn on the Inspiration Behind Unwell Women

The author of the shocking and revelatory Unwell Women on why she felt compelled to write about the history of medical misdiagnosis of female patients.

Lisa Taddeo on the Motivation Behind Animal

Lisa Taddeo, whose debut novel Animal follows up her phenomenal bestseller Three Women, reveals why she felt driven to write the book.

Sarah Winman on Still Life and the Allure of Italy

The author of When God Was a Rabbit discusses her new novel Still Life and the endless appeal of Italy.

A Letter to Readers About The Secret Detectives from Ella Risbridger

Ella Risbridger, author of the rollicking children's murder mystery The Secret Detectives, on the troubling legacy of one of her favourite books.

'I Am a Refugee': The Many Voices of Refugee Experience

To reflect on the diversity of refugee experience, we asked writers who have undergone displacement to talk about how these experiences have shaped their work.

'Nature Is All We Have, And All We Are': Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson on Tapestries of Life

The author of the acclaimed Extraordinary Insects discusses her new book Tapestries of Life.

Alex Michaelides on Retelling and Revising Greek Mythology

The author of The Maidens discusses his favourite modern retellings of the Greek myths.

Rumaan Alam on the Pleasures of Fictional Snooping

Rumaan Alam, author of Leave the World Behind, our Fiction Book of the Month for June, on how a talent for eavesdropping is crucial for a writer.