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Book Blog

Five Fairy Tales that Smash Stereotypes

Sophie Anderson, the author of our Children's Book of the Month for May, The House with Chicken Legs, suggests five folk tales that break the mould.

The Interview: Megan Hunter on The End We Start From

Megan Hunter, author of our Fiction Book of the Month for May, The End We Start From, discusses myths, motherhood and a life beginning at the end of the world.

Books Save Lives with Matt Haig

Matt Haig, the author of How to Stop Time and Reasons to Stay Alive, explores the power of books as a source for healing.

Adam Kay on Taking This is Going to Hurt on Tour

The author of our Non-Fiction Book of the Month for May, This is Going to Hurt, discusses croissant accidents, awkward stories and taking his book on tour.

The Best Books to Look Out For in May 2018

Wartime stories, flights of fancy, journeys underground and overhead, we offer our selection of the best of May’s publishing.

Five Ways to Rewild Yourself

Author of Wilding, Isabella Tree shares her top five tips for getting back out into nature and rediscovering your wild self.

Five Things to Do Now That Will Make a Difference

Writer and campaigner Martin Dorey, author of No. More. Plastic. offers 5 simple tips on how everyone can make a difference to ocean plastic.

Test yourself on the world of George Smiley

Last year saw the return of one of literature’s most enduring characters; the quintessential Cold War operative, George Smiley. As the paperback of A Legacy of Spies approaches, there’s time to test your knowledge of espionage, safe-houses and murder with twenty questions below. Good luck.

Why Spy? The Enigma of Donald Maclean

Author Roland Philipps reveals the research that inspired A Spy Named Orphan.