When Stephanie Trigg was a young reader, The Gentle Falcon, set in 1396, introduced her to the beauty and danger of the medieval world.
Ken Cameron’s film of Helen Garner’s Monkey Grip is dark, yearning, weird – and incredibly sexy – writes Ronnie Scott.
Bodies of Light is brutally precise in its portrayal of the enduring consequences of a traumatic childhood.
Shades of classic literature are discernible in The Diplomat, a novel that delves into the disreputable worlds of art and drug addiction.
Two new books examine the life and legacy of an inspiring poet whose work resisted patriarchal constraints.
Persuasion is a distinctly romantic modern comedy in tone – but how much does historical accuracy matter?
Pure Colour confirms Sheila Heti as one of the most inventive, searching, scintillating and mind-bending writers working today.
At Certain Points We Touch tells the story of a doomed relationship in a way that explores the parallels between writing and coming out.
The old-fashioned Hollywood femme fatale leaps off the leopard skin rug to hijack the narrative in this lurid, avant-garde novel.
Verbal abilities provide benefits in school and in one’s career. Fostering a love for stories and fiction in children should be a high priority.
Julian Barnes’ Elizabeth Finch is an unrequited love story and a philosophical novel that asks how we understand ourselves and others.
In her latest book, the Pulitzer Prize winning author suggests how the 21st century novel might renew itself.
In her second novel, Yumna Kassab delves into the connections and unspoken traumas of regional communities.
Part historical novel, part speculative fiction, A History of Dreams examines the themes of inequality and authoritarianism from the perspective of a coven of witchy young women.
The Furies is a devastating book, but one that hints at the possibility of redemption and reckoning.
The Fish is a novel about a writer’s growth to maturity, but it is also a strange story about family breakdown, difference and shame.
The intimate connections between life and art are explored in the deeply satisfying conclusion to a quartet of novels about one of the greatest poets of the 20th century.
On International Women’s Day, two women writers discuss feminism, writing in the age of Trump and Covid – and being ‘flabbergasted’ by the absence of birth from Western art and philosophy.
Black writers like Charles Chesnutt had to contend with a dilemma writers today know all too well: give the audience and editors what they want, or wallow in obscurity.
If characters on TV consumed less, research has found it can have an impact on the environmental behaviour of audiences