There is a surprising degree of compassion in the narrative voices of this year's five shortlisted novels. They are a heart-warming selection.
If all you know of Northern Ireland is the turmoil of political institutions, you could do worse than to pick up some of the recent flux in women's fiction.
Students of the social and political sciences can benefit enormously from being taught literature, short stories and watching artistic feature films.
Works of fiction are brimming with economic principles, but perhaps none more so than the detective story.
There's a fierce debate underway about changing university curricula in Africa and the UK to be less Eurocentric. Three academics offer their suggestions for a decolonised reading list.
Readers of literary fiction are better placed to comprehend the complexity of social relationships and understand the mental…