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Elizabeth Macneal on the Real-Life World of the Victorian Circus

Elizabeth Macneal discusses the real-life circus milieu of the nineteenth century that informed her latest novel, Circus of Wonders.

Cari Thomas on Her Favourite Fictional Magical Londons

The author of the stunning new fantasy Threadneedle reveals her top alternate fictional Londons with a magical tinge.

Max Hastings on Operation Pedestal

The acclaimed historian Max Hastings describes a military operation at the mid-point of World War II which the allies had to win at any cost.

Rahul Raina on the Concept of 'Masala'

The author of How to Kidnap the Rich outlines the unique qualities that make up 'masala' - and why the US college scandal had it all.

The Best Books for Mental Health & Well-Being

Explore our hand-picked selection of excellent reads for exploring, understanding and protecting your mental health.

Brit Bennett on Racial Passing and The Vanishing Half

Brit Bennett, author of The Vanishing Half, our Fiction Book of the Month for May, discusses the history of Racial Passing in American fiction and in relation to her novel.

Stuart Turton on His Favourite Terrible Journeys in Fiction

Stuart Turton, author of The Devil and the Dark Water, our Thriller of the Month for May, selects his favourite horrendous journeys in literature.

Tim Tilley on Capturing the Magic of Nature

Tim Tilley, author of Harklights, our Children's Book of the Month for May, explains how important the natural world was to the writing of the book.

Philippe Sands on Unexpected Connections to the Past

Philippe Sands, author of The Ratline, our Non-Fiction Book of the Month for May, discusses letters and artefacts connected to his work.