UK Literature

Paul Fournel, 'Dear Reader' and the Future of the Publishing Industry

Ben Mirza | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ben Mirza

Robert Dubois is a comfortable, elegantly dissipated publisher of the old school tradition, drifting into the twilight years of a career filled with jolly literary lunches and yellowing manuscripts.

And The Winner Of The Bad Sex Award 2014 Is...

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.12.2014 | UK Comedy

He may have won the Booker Prize, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, the Aga Khan Prize for Fiction and the Guardian Fiction Prize. But on Wednesda...

What You Need To Know About Award-Winning 'The Miniaturist' Author Jessie Burton

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 01.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Jessie Burton's The Miniaturist has been named Waterstones' Book of the Year, which is pretty impressive considering we hadn't even heard of the autho...

Some Thoughts on Charity at Christmastime

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 30.11.2014 | UK
Ioan Marc Jones

If we want to stamp out homelessness, and poverty, and starvation, and all of the other problems we are currently facing, the answer doesn't lie in a donation once a year. If we really want to challenge these social ills, we have to bond together and stand in solidarity with the less fortunate - all year round.

Poetry, the Art Form That Tries To Think Before It Speaks

Jason Holmes | Posted 22.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

In a recent interview with Andrew Marr, the writer and broadcaster Clive James said he'd "be lost without poetry" and in doing so spoke for us all. We, like James, take refuge in words, bathing in the salve of their sound, of English used with precision and intent...

Why Not Bring Colour Into Readers' Lives?

Richard Masefield | Posted 22.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Richard Masefield

For generations writers have used coloured ink in correspondence. Jane Austen wrote in ink made from iron gall, which first appeared as a pale grey, d...

Jessica Elgot

FINALLY REVEALED: #WaterstonesTexan Tells HuffPostUK What He Was Reading

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK

The question on everyone's lips since the #WaterstonesTexan, tourist David Willis, got stuck late at night in a central London bookstore is - what was...

How #WaterstonesTexan Should Have Spent His Two Hours Trapped...

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK

Mystery still surrounds the two hours that Texan tourist David Willis spent locked in Waterstones in Trafalgar Square. Though we know that the twe...

'Quotation Is A Serviceable Substitution For Wit.' Happy Birthday, Oscar Wilde!

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK Comedy

Happy birthday, Oscar Wilde! Yes, if we can celebrate William Shakespeare's 450th birthday, then we don't see any reason for not celebrating Mr Wi...

As Happy as a Pig in Lit? The Dangers of Anthropomorphism in Children's Literature

B.J. Epstein | Posted 30.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
B.J. Epstein

If humanised portrayals increase a child's empathy for animals - and such portrayals are ubiquitous across children's books, cartoons, films and toys - why do those with a positive attitude towards animals occupy such a marginalised position in society?

Can Science Fiction Drive Social Change?

Phil Pauley | Posted 23.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Phil Pauley

I hope that my books - and whatever forms the stories may go on to take - will capture the imagination of their readers, create a vehicle for discussing environmental issues, and encourage young people to tackle global challenges by becoming the scientists and engineers of tomorrow.

Rupert Thomson Interview: 'To Write Fiction at All Is a Moral Act'

Jason Holmes | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

With globe-trotting having fed his muse (he has lived in Tokyo, New York, Sydney, Rome, Amsterdam and Barcelona), Thomson has now based his family in London, his intellect undimmed by what some might call the coziness of home.

A Reluctantly Pessimistic Interpretation of Moby-Dick

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 12.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ioan Marc Jones

Walter Benjamin once said that 'it is not books that live inside the reader, it is he who lives inside them.' The aforementioned Swansonian interpretation of Moby-Dick is utterly representative of the man...

Top Fictional Hotels From TV, Film and Literature

Trivago.co.uk | Posted 08.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Trivago.co.uk

This week sees the release of the most hotly-anticipated book for years: The Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah. The new novel is the first to feature world-renowned Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot since the death of original creator Agatha Christie. Little is known about the upcoming novel apart from its setting: the mysterious Bloxham Hotel. And so to celebrate, trivago.co.uk has compiled a list of the most iconic fictional hotels.

Stop Teaching Your Child to Read!

William Higham | Posted 09.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
William Higham

The government is launching a new campaign this week to encourage better reading among the young: "Read On. Get On". Based on a report that links the inability to "read well" with potential joblessness later in life, it's the latest of many articles and reports bemoaning a decline in traditional reading skills among young people.

'Celibacy Was Not Working Out For Me' Says Nun Turned Probation Officer

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Elizabeth Upton's life may read like the script for a Hollywood film, but her incredible story is absolutely real. Liz became a nun at the age of 1...

Ever Had a Bad Day?

Matt Clifton | Posted 31.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Matt Clifton

Ever felt like you have had a bad day? I am sure you have had more than one, maybe you had a head-ache or perhaps a sickness bug? Well imagine if throughout your day/week or however long you had it, you were constantly told "just to get better or get over it" ...

The Ramifications of Disliking a Shakespeare Play

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 29.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ioan Marc Jones

I was paradoxically condemned to be both pretentious and a philistine. I was both too smart and too dumb. I was, ultimately, just plain old wrong. My family's condemnations were, much like A Midsummer Night's Dream, rather bland and confusing.

'Tis Pity She's a Whore: Judging a Book by its Cover

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 19.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ioan Marc Jones

I have read quite a few well-known, critically acclaimed plays yet none of them were quite as entertaining - or indeed shocking - as 'Tis Pity She's a Whore. Ford explores an extremely provocative subject matter - essentially, the morality of incest - in a sort of lively, almost playful, fashion.

Common Sense Politics in The Grapes of Wrath

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 12.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ioan Marc Jones

In The Grapes of Wrath, Steinbeck supports collective ownership: 'If this tractor were ours it would be good - not mine, but ours. If our tractor turned the long furrows of our land, it would be good. Not my land, but ours.'

Novelists Should Write Every Day - But Does Writing Non-Fiction 'Count'?

John Lucas | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
John Lucas

Writers are frequently told that they should work every day in order to build and maintain the requisite muscles. Great advice, but what exactly should we be writing? To be specific, if you are committed to the art of fiction, does writing non-fiction 'count'?

Howard Jacobson Interview: The Brave New Word of 'J'

Jason Holmes | Posted 11.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

The novel, set in a dystopia of the future, is a love story between loner artists, Ailinn and Kevern, and is a dark turn for a writer who has made his name by making others laugh. But behind every joke has not the impetus for its telling been borne of something more desperate and tragic?

What Do You Think Of The New 'Creepy' Charlie And The Chocolate Factory Cover?

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 08.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Most of us who were Roald Dahl fans as kids loved Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for Willy Wonka, its 'good conquers evil' core, Oompa-Loompas and,...

Does Politicising Education Start With Changing the Reading List?

Ian Stanley | Posted 05.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Ian Stanley

This appointment will only really be revealed as a success or failure over the next couple of months. That includes finding out the sort of changes Hoare will make, and the influence over decisions he is allowed. It could be a great leap that proves taking a business-sided angle was just what was needed - or it could further a politicisation that Gove set in motion before he left.

Why I'm Giving Homeless People Books, Not Food

Priyanka Mogul | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK
Priyanka Mogul

Someone who has been sleeping rough for years might read a book that suddenly gives him or her an idea for a way out of the circumstances they're faced with. They might read about a situation somewhere in the world and find their new passion through it. Or they might even decide that the words they've read are so inspiring, they want to get back on their feet so they can inspire people in their own way.