From ghostly love stories to political satires and southern gothic thrillers, these are the best fiction books according to our academics.
D.H. Lawrence’s book is a seething commentary on class, exposing his fears for Britain’s future. But the film is a romantic period drama.
A new survey of Australian authors finds that while author incomes have (very slightly) grown, they remain perilously low – which makes it hard to find time to write.
Ayanna Lloyd Banwo’s debut novel, When We Were Birds, is a lyrical love story with its roots firmly in the narrative tradition of anglophone Caribbean writing.
Glory is a story about Zimbabwe’s violent past told through animals.
Our tales of the natural world are disappearing and we shouldn’t let them.
Following the life of young Joseph Coppock, Treacle Walker is about making sense of the world around us.
The Passenger, Cormac McCarthy’s first novel since The Road in 2006, shows him at the peak of his powers even as he nears his ninetieth year.
Books are one of the oldest forms of communication ‘technology,’ a scholar writes, and understanding how they’ve evolved over time provides insights into their role in society.
Thomas Hardy found horror in the Dorset of his childhood.
Black vampires have existed for 200 years in literature.
Tiny drawings, such as knights riding snails, and random lines and squiggles were common in medieval books.
Four years after its release, My Year of Rest and Relaxation has become a publishing and cultural phenomenon – with TikTok trends and film rights bought by Margot Robbie. But is it exploitative?
When September melancholy hits Simmone Howell, she escapes the cold Melbourne spring to Gavin Lambert’s Los Angeles – and his ‘tough, kooky’ adolescent fantasy figure, Daisy Clover.
A hip-hop artist and scholar says that while rap stresses the oral tradition, the music is also rife with references to a rich range of literature that spans the globe.
The contribution of the book industry to the national economy is substantial, but its importance goes beyond its monetary value.
An English professor takes a critical look at why today’s students are assigned the same books that were assigned decades ago – and why American school curricula are so difficult to change.
How do you get a reader in 1930s China to understand what a mince pie is?
What can Tolkien’s lesser-known stories tell us about the world he created?
Heat 2, the literary sequel to Michael Mann’s classic cops-and-robbers film, is weird. Would it stand alone as a novel? Possibly not. But reading it is an incredibly pleasurable experience.