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Swearing, drinking and gay romance

A Song for Ella Grey (pictured) - by Tyne and Weir author David Almond, has just been awarded The Guardian children

Fox fable beats bestsellers to win Waterstones

A fable about friendship and loss by a debut author beats bestselling novels The Girl on the Train and Go Set a Watchman to be named Waterstones Book of the Year.

'Gripping' autism book wins Samuel Johnson prize -

American writer Steve Silberman wins the £20,000 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction for his book about the history of autism.

Marlon James

The novel, the third by Jamaican author Marlon James, pictured with the Duchess of Cornwall, is inspired by the assassination attempt of Bob Marley in 1976.

Literary characters whose names we struggle to sa

Don Quixote, from the novel of the same name by Miguel de Cervantes, topped a poll of literary characters whose names we struggle to say correctly.

The Man Booker Prize 2015

Profiles of the six authors on the shortlist for the 2015 Man Booker Prize.

Svetlana Alexievich wins Nobel Literature prize -

Belarusian Svetlana Alexievich wins the 2015 Nobel Prize for literature.

Roger McGough: Publishers should take a chance

Roger McGough calls on publishers to "take a chance" on poetry aimed at children, as National Poetry Day marks its 21st birthday.

Wallander writer Henning Mankell dies - BBC News

Swedish crime writer Henning Mankell, best known for novels featuring Inspector Kurt Wallander, dies aged 67.

Sales of traditional books up

They were meant to become a thing of the past – but sales of traditional books are going up - while those of downloads to e-readers are down, it was claimed yesterday.

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