Writing is a solitary art. But authors shortlisted for the Booker Prize have to perform in public. Here's how this year's crop fared.
Literary fiction is robust enough to withstand the challenges the 21st century throws at it.
The author, Nicholas Royle, believes he doesn't deserve a Bad Sex in Fiction award. It's just unfortunate his namesake novelist has won one.
The prize committee has opted for a more traditional laureate this year, nominating a traditional novelist after last year's controversial choice of Bob Dylan.
In his lifetime Anthony Burgess was a strong advocate of free expression. A forthcoming book promises to bring his political writing back into focus.