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Scout horror novel wins James Herbert prize

A novel about a scout camping weekend that takes a scary twist wins the inaugural James Herbert award for horror writing.

Author Gardner on award shortlist

Author Sally Gardner is in the running to win this year's Carnegie Medal for children's writing, an award she won two years ago.

Fantasy author Pratchett dies aged 66

UK fantasy author Terry Pratchett dies aged 66 after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease, his publisher says

Baileys Prize reveals book longlist

The 20-strong longlist for this year's Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction features five debut novels, alongside an author nominated for her 20th book.

Comedy books win Blue Peter awards

The Spy Who Loved School Dinners and The Silly Book of Side-Splitting Stuff win 2015's Blue Peter Book Awards, as young readers celebrate World Book Day.

Children's author Peet dies aged 67

Award-winning children's author Mal Peet dies after after being diagnosed with cancer, aged 67.

One in five of our eight billion books in Britain

One in five of the eight billion books that fill bookshelves across Britain, have not been read. New research found more than half kept books because of an emotional attachment.

Why do people relate to fictional characters?

Despite having their lives set out for them, fictional characters are often portrayed as masters of their own destinies. Maybe that's why people like them so much, says Will Self.

Lost Sherlock Holmes story discovered

A long-lost Sherlock Holmes story has been found lying forgotten in an attic more than a hundred years after it was first published.

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