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Number of children visiting libraries drops

The number of five-to ten-year-olds who had used a library in the previous seven days fell by a quarter, according to a survey by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Charlie tops must-read primary school list

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is at the top of a teachers

US novelist EL Doctorow dies at 84

EL Doctorow - critically acclaimed author of novels such as Ragtime and Billy Bathgate - has died aged 84 in New York, his son says.

Samantha Shannon wants YA fiction snobbery to end

"There's this sense that adults who read YA [young adult fiction] are reading down but I don't think that's true at all," says Samantha Shannon.

Author Sarah Hilary wins Harrogate crime novel

Author Sarah Hilary wins the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award in Harrogate for her debut novel, Someone Else

Harper Lee planned more novels, letter reveals

Author Harper Lee had plans to write a string of novels after To Kill A Mockingbird, according to a letter she wrote before the book was published.

New Harper Lee novel presents an unsaintly Atticus

Harper Lee's new Mockingbird 'sequel' Go Set a Watchman set to shock millions as it's revealed literary hero is a bigot who attends KKK meetings in later life

Are YOU beach-book ready?

Which new novel will Lisa Jewell, SJ Watson and Rachel Joyce all be reading in the sun? This week seven top authors discuss what books they will be packing for the beach this summer.

BBC rewrites Arthur Ransome

The new adaptation of Arthur Ransome

True historical stories inspire Carnegie and Green

Real-life historical adventures inspire both winners of this year

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