Kafka’s creepy descendent.
Watch The Shining after reading this and you may find that the Czech author haunts The Overlook Hotel just as much, if not more, than any of its regular spectral figures.
Ben Okri’s The Age of Magic expresses dissatisfaction with the careless bustle of our everyday lives.
"We need something by which to judge, by which to navigate our journey through the stars, which is to say our journey through time." Ben Okri discusses his new novel The Age of Magic and our busy lives.
Should we be upset that some of our favourite authors don’t actually exist?
Modernism – and western culture generally since the late 18th century – taught us that books were written in solitary creative frenzies. But ghostwriters are increasingly challenging that assumption.
Arthur Conan Doyle himself was also poisoned by heartbreak grass – but this was self-inflicted, and not fatal.
There's much that Perepilichny could have learned from Arthur Conan Doyle, and him in turn from an ancient king called Mithradates.
The earliest sources, including Paul’s letters, show very little interest in the mythological details of heavenly existence.
Wikimedia Commons/ Probably Valentin de Boulogne: Saint Paul Writing His Epistles.
Interpretations of Paul the apostle's texts provided the basic fund of imagery that continues to inform popular opinion about what Christians mean when they talk about "heaven", or "hell".
The pantheon of the Bard’s plays is now larger by one – or so the headlines would have you believe.
You'd be forgiven for thinking Double Falsehood was recently "found" and confirmed as being by Shakespeare. But that's not what the researchers behind the computational tests actually said. So what's up?
Zannoni’s 1771 Map of the British Isles shows the heart of the “civilised” world – at least according to Adam Smith when he was writing The Wealth of Nations.
Wikimedia Commons/Geographicus Rare Antique Maps
To burnish the virtues of "civilised" Europe, Adam Smith relies on a barrage of racial insults. Where did his information about the so-called "savage peoples" come from in the first place?
Captain Kidd in New York Harbor, Jean Leon Gerome Ferris, 1920.
Treasure belonging to the notorious pirate Captain Kidd has been found in Madagascar.
That’s no way to have a debate.
The PEN literary gala has been overshadowed by controversy.
Memory makes us human but also sometimes inhumane.
Trung Bui Viet
Though Kazuo Ishiguro makes us wonder whether remembering is really better than forgetting, he also makes it clear that the answer is irrelevant. Remembering is our fate.
Despite what the industry thinks, you shouldn’t judge a book by the size of its print run.
Amelia Schmidt Follow
Publishing is frequently a small-scale venture, comprising one or a handful of people with a vision for particular books they want to see published. Is it time to embrace 'organic' publishing?
An opera based on David Malouf’s Fly Away Peter opens in Sydney this weekend.
Sydney Chamber Opera's production of David Malouf's 1982 novel Fly Away Peter opens this weekend. It's not the first opera adaptation of Australian literature – and there are reasons to hope it's not the last.
Discovering the other is in the Albert Hall?
Hitler died 70 years ago. Or did he?
A woman farmer?
New research suggests that female landowners were by no means as rare as was once thought by historians.
A cartoonist’s impression of Trollope in 1872.
The Victorian author has a lot more to offer than you might think. Find out where to get started.
Don’t let those pensive eyes deceive you.
This annual day of mass salivation is more than a little depressing.
Bitto has remarked on the major impact of the Stella Prize and the conversations it has encouraged about women writers.
Emily Bitto has won the 2015 Stella Prize for her debut novel, The Strays. The prize is now in its third year and was established to redress the way in which women writers were typically overlooked for major literary prizes
Wherefore art thou Romeo?
Books and the ballot box have a long and winding history.
A fantasy about free markets in primitive society lies at the heart of Adam Smith’s wealth of nations – but did they ever exist?
The myth that our primitive forebears were capitalists at heart is fundamental to Adam Smith's arguments in The Wealth of Nations.
Guenevere in May, Malory’s Le Morte D'Arthur, abridged ed. Alfred W. Pollard, illustrations by Arthur Rackham, 1917.
Bangor University Library Rare Book Collection
We just can't have enough of all things Arthurian – the legend and its many possible permutations never cease to fascinate.