Sam Spade only appeared in one novel. But he left his mark, with the help of the Hollywood legend who portrayed him.
Trixie Belden wasn't as pretty as her best friend, or a cool as Nancy Drew. But she had a 'mental computer' for solving mysteries and a non-judgmental moral core.
It was funny at the time — but rereading Ben Elton's 1989 bestselling satirical novel Stark today is profoundly unsettling.
Realizing that economics is a lot like fiction helps us better evaluate the claims economists make about the world we all live in.
From reading more to re-reading safe favourites, there are early signs that the COVID-19 has influenced how and what we are reading.
The author's novels, famous for their bleakly sociopathic depiction of American culture, testify to the insanity and abusiveness that surround us.
In recent fiction, cities are coming alive.
Kokomo by Victoria Hannan has been touted as a 'millennial novel' – but its search for love and connection are timeless.
The Booker Prize has always struggled with inclusivity.
The winner of the 2020 Miles Franklin award is a powerful and deeply moving book, unstinting in its depiction of sociopolitical disasters.
The real Hillary Rodham Clinton said yes the third time Bill proposed – in Curtis Sittenfeld's novel, she says no.
This year's six shortlisted novels shimmer with relevance.
Young adult post-disaster fiction is more concerned with how we survive than understanding the causes of disaster. We can read it to explore our fears, responses and our capacity to adapt.
While the man the world knows as 'Papa' balanced the demands of parenting with his work, his letters and fiction offer a window into the depth of his paternal feeling.
For a handful of French writers, the best fiction they wrote was their life story.
Fictional, magical cities can help us understand our own urban lives.
Listening to other people's dreams can help to improve your empathy levels.
Our relationships with characters from books and screen – called parasocial relationships – serve many of the same functions as our friendships with real people, minus the infection risks.
A new book, which weaves fiction into the origin story of the Oxford English Dictionary, was declared a hit even before its release. Readers will judge whether it lives up to the hype.
Pandemic fiction is more popular than ever – but what these books and movies offer us isn't as straightforward as you might think.