Bloomsbury have published the much awaited new novel by William Boyd. I've had a copy of Sweet Caress for weeks but was waiting until closer to the publication date to write this review. Trouble is, I was told the 10th September. And they released it on August 27th. And now, of course, you've all read it, haven't you?!
This book will have you laughing out loud one minute, then firmly raising your eyebrows the next. She surely has another book in her (not to mention a screenplay) - I'd like to see her focus on her family, especially her relationship with her well-meaning but misguided mother.
Today, 60 years on, Guinness World Records - as it was renamed in 2001 when it was finally sold by the brewery - continues to top the best-sellers lists. In 1974, it overtook Dr Benjamin Spock's Baby and Child Care as the biggest selling copyrighted title of all time, and it remains the world's best-selling annual book, with accumulated sales to date of more than 132 million copies.
Emylia Hall is the author of three novels including Richard and Judy Book Club pick in 2012. Her new novel, The Sea Between Us, is a story of boy meets girl amidst a Cornish landscape full of surf, art and love.
Benedict's Hamlet is sarcastic, mean, aloof to his girlfriend and vicious to his mother. He also hams up the supposed mental illness for all its worth, causing much laughter in the auditorium as his Hamlet mocks himself up as a toy soldier brought to life just to confuse and baffle those around him.
The Devil Couldn't Break Me,' a book by Laura Aslan, published by Andrews UK, tells of the personal horrors the young woman suffered at the hands of two sides during the conflict in the former Yugoslavia.
So, in a rare moment of feeling that I might - just might - have a valid contribution that helps my fellow writers, here's my tuppence-worth on how to be a better writer...
The fact of the matter is that music history (and Western Art Music history at that - it is one small area of music) is not the only area of history, and wider storytelling as a society where women's endeavours have been cast aside.
This week, Khalid al-Assad, the 82-year-old archaeologist who was instrumental in the effort to save the site's priceless antiquities, was publicly beheaded and his headless corpse hung from the remains of a Roman column.
Margate is having a moment. That should probably be #Margate is having a moment. Suddenly all the cool kids are going to the beach, buying sticks of rock and instagramming "Scream if you Wanna go Faster" posters. The temptation is to turn on the hipsters and shoo them away but I presume it's this kind of attention that keeps small seaside towns going.
The decision by the NYT to postpone the play has unleashed a firestorm of debate within the artistic community about censorship. But this is about more than the arts - it's about the kind of Britain that we want to be.
Having been through the process of publishing his first book, I was interested to know whether James foresaw any differences in the way he would approach his second novel.
Books are there to make you dream and escape the real world. But sometimes, the books just open our eyes to what is out there. And there it is - the travel bug is back. No matter how hard you try to fight it, these books will make you want to hop on a train, plane or fuel up the car and just go
I'm currently working on a new novel that will be published by Headline next year. Keen to understand what awaits me, I tapped James Law and Jenny Blackhurst, two very talented, recently published first time thriller writers, for advice.
Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon is a major new photography exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery that truly spans the life of this enduring star, from her early years in the Netherlands, through her years in London on the West End stage and then on to the height of her fame as an actress and fashion inspiration, and her later philanthropic work.
The summer is still here (well, kind of) and it's time to take a wonderful trip down memory lane! There's something scrumptiously tangible about reading an old book, learning from other peoples past and the delicious style of descriptive writing that goes with vintage times.