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 has revealed an alarming deterioration in the health of the River Thames ecosystem – but some of the recorded changes may be the result of a cleaner river.
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.
Simchat Torah is about more than beginning to read the Torah all over again. It’s about the need to reexamine what we think we know, over and over again.
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.
The US is seeing more campaigns to ‘protect’ children by barring controversial books. But research shows children’s reading experiences are complex and unpredictable, explains a literature professor.
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?
The new series is part of the expansive world created by J.R.R Tolkien across several books, including The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit.
Students are less likely to think they can be good at both math and reading as they get closer to high school.
These books and poems give the women of the Odyssey a say and other new perspectives on the classic tale.
This Book Week, don’t stress about the costume and don’t worry about what the other mums or dads are sewing or buying. Costumes are fun but what matters is to let your kid read what they enjoy.
Rushdie’s books have inspired generations of readers and writers – and a recent attempt to kill him.