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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

Agatha Christie as a young woman in new exhibition

A new exhibition of never-before-seen photographs reveals crime author Agatha Christie as a young woman.

Doodle Everday!

Illustrator and author Chris Riddell wants to encourage "drawing every day" as part of his new role as children

Can't book shops just go back to selling books!

The days when WHSmith sold hardbacks with red and gold covers are gone. Must every High Street bookshop go the same way?

Czech novelist Ludvik Vaculik dies, aged 88

Czech novelist and dissident Ludvik Vaculik, who wrote the Two Thousand Words manifesto during the 1968 Prague Spring, dies, aged 88.

The Hobbit first edition fetches £137,000

A first edition of JRR Tolkien

Baileys Prize: Ali Smith wins for How to be Both -

Ali Smith wins the £30,000 Baileys Women

 
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