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.
Mantel's prize-winning novels put imaginary flesh on the skeletal historical record and gives us the complete picture of the Tudor courtier.
Bonfire Night keeps the flames of division burning.
Short story cycles can satisfying a reader's need for deeper engagement and Rebekah Clarkson's Barking Dog is a great example.
Our responsibility to consider how the future might look for generations to come requires imagination.
Science fiction writing often serves as a thought experiment that explores shared and hidden beliefs whose material and political reverberations lie further in the future.
The author has returned to Gilead, 35 years after the original novel was published.