In 1944, the former archbishop of Canterbury mounted a case to preserve the Italian abbey, renowned for centuries for scholarship and devotion, but Allied forces had just destroyed it.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s classic book, first published in 1941, is a story of isolation, and seeing things anew.
How writers hear their characters in their heads.
Books, movies and records that seem to challenge racism also subtly advance the idea that progress shouldn't happen too quickly.
Sci-fi, fantasy and rom-coms: books with LGBTQIA+ characters are as diverse as their readers.
The challenge for the deepening of South Africa’s democracy is that the very existence of vanguardism prevents the realisation of empowered citizens.
The newest novel from the author of The Secret River is an imagined diary, detailing the 'true' story of Elizabeth Macarthur.
Brutus’s life was closely interlinked with the rise of apartheid and offered a way to look at resistance to this system.
Eco-fiction to help you rethink your role in the climate crisis.
After decades of banned books, arrests and raids, Penguin Books Australia decided to take a stand against literary censorship. A new book tells the inside story.
The problems and ideologies that define American culture were formed in the 19th century.
The feedback from regular readers was better than the feedback from professional economists.
Books where loving someone from the other side of the tracks is about better understanding ourselves and the world we live in.
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.
Through careful framing and dialogue, Autumn de Wilde's movie portrays Emma as the embodiment of perfection, rather than less-than-faultless heroine of Austen's book.
The books chosen as finalists in this year's Stella Prizes can help us draw on our innate resources. We can seek inner truths and explore ways to support each other thanks to these gifted writers.
'Walden,' published in 1854, is a manual for solitude with a purpose.
Readers often turn to romance fiction in times of uncertainty. Here are five reads for the newbie romance reader, for when you need a story where everything turns out okay in the end.
Whether you're home sick or sick of being at home, our 13 experts have picked excellent things you can read, watch, look at or listen to.
Fewer books will be available to South Africans, and the books remaining under copyright will be more expensive, if the country gives in to US pressure to extend its copyright term.