Can a gender studies academic also write Mills and Boon novels? And can purple prose be as empowering as a pink pussy hat? The answer is yes, and yes again.
Did King Arthur really exist? We don’t know but the Arthur we all know and love is entirely fictional.
One of English poetry’s most recognisable voices has been memorialised in Westminster Abbey.
What counts as literature? It's less to do with genre than we think.
This year’s competition includes a more eclectic range of writers than perhaps we’ve become used to.
A volcanic eruption in 1815 triggered a year without a summer – prompting a flowering of nature writing that is all too relevant today.
A book about drug addiction and prostitution aimed at 'young adults' was a very daring thing 20 years ago.
The psychological complexity of Shakespeare's characters has rendered them timeless. Today, we see The Bard's influence in shows like 'Breaking Bad' and 'True Detective.'
Today's employment crisis is as serious as the Great Depression – so why aren't we up in arms?
Waugh spent his time at Oxford studying: not history, but the people who would populate his novels.
Many literary greats have been religious outsiders, and reading them we can relate to our times. This is particularly the case with Dryden.
Jonathan Coe is under-read and underrated – in the UK. In France, his stinging social attacks on Britain are far more popular.
The release of the long list has opened the gates to the annual torrents of literary hobnobbing.
Fifty Shades of Grey and fan fic like it has reached the Ivy League.
Carroll's pivotal children's classic offers a timeless mystery for generations to come.
Almost immediately after the battle, Waterloo became a tourist destination for contemplative souls.
The Refugee Tales is a modern reconstruction of Chaucer's classic pilgrimage – this time, telling the largely unspoken realities of immigration detention.
Books have active political lives. They inspire social movements and bind people together. Books can stand as short-hand symbols for larger galaxies of ideas.
Obsessing about the bard's dashing good looks won't help us understand his works.
The PEN literary gala has been overshadowed by controversy.