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.
Our Fiction Book of the Month, Maja Lunde’s cautionary ecological fable The History of Bees, was a runaway European hit. Now that same success is being replicated here. For Waterstones, Lunde explains the genesis behind her frighteningly prescient bestseller.
All the Beautiful Lies' Peter Swanson discusses the enduring appeal of the femme fatale in fiction and picks five favourite characters from fiction.
An extract from Richard Powers latest novel, The Overstory, a glorious, ambitious novel of a vast, unknown and interconnected world above our own.