UK Literature

North Korea: A Reader's Guide

Jemimah Steinfeld | Posted 11.01.2016 | UK Entertainment
Jemimah Steinfeld

Where do you go then if you want to understand the DPRK and its 25 million citizens? The answer is literature. The catalogue of North Korea-centred writing is burgeoning right now and many books in the catalogue are very good. With this in mind, here's a selection of six of the best.

The Greatest Ever Christmas Book: A Child's Christmas in Wales

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 24.12.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ioan Marc Jones

As we grow older, we tend to hide the cantankerousness and innocence that formed such a large part of our youth. Perhaps social convention, or some vague idea of acting grown up, forces us to mask these ostensibly childish attributes.

Mark Tully: 'This Terror Gives Religion A Bad Name'

The Huffington Post UK | Caroline Frost | Posted 06.12.2015 | UK

After nearly half a century reporting from India where he was the BBC’s Delhi Bureau chief and acknowledged expert on his adopted nation, Mark Tully...

My Best Friend Ghosted Me and All I Got Was This Lousy Article

Liz Cookman | Posted 16.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Liz Cookman

Ghosting, which was recently chosen as one of 2015's words of the year by Collins English Dictionary, is when someone cuts you off dead - the ultimate silent treatment. Your calls are ignored, your texts left unread and, if you're as unbearable as me, you might even find yourself full-on digitally blocked (even Linked in - I'm not going to late-night stalk your endorsements).

Jane Austen, Alien Civilisations and Dangerous Climate Change

Chris Shaw | Posted 29.10.2015 | UK
Chris Shaw

It is more important than ever that the debate about what sort of future we want is opened up to as many people as possible. But we can't base that conversation on a fairy tale. It is time to stop sugar coating the reality of climate change.

Princess Michael Of Kent On Why Men Are No Good At Writing About Women

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 29.10.2015 | UK

Princess Michael of Kent, the author and royal, has told The Huffington Post UK she believes women today have "the courage to do everything" - althoug...

David Constantine: The Bleak Satisfaction Of Clear Sentences

Ed Cripps | Posted 23.09.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ed Cripps

David Constantine is one of Britain's most underrated writers. A winner of the BBC National Short Story Award and the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, his balance of the lyrical and the sparse echoes James Salter and John McGahern.

Hero Jackie Collins On Why The Phrase 'Mummy Porn' Is Degrading To Women

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 01.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Jackie Collins may be known for her steamy novels, but the author won't thank you for referring to her work as "Mummy Porn". "I think it’s the mo...

Teach First - A Lesson in Literacy

Stephen Fear | Posted 29.07.2015 | UK
Stephen Fear

People often say to me "how did you succeed at anything with no education"? Well the secret is I didn't. I was educated, but not in the conventional s...

"Why Does It Take So long for Your Book to Come Out if You've Already Written It?"

Holly Seddon | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK Entertainment
Holly Seddon

My debut novel was sold to my UK publisher in October 2014, it will be first published in January 2016. And that's not abnormal, far from it. So, what happens in this year plus change?

When Life Reflects Art: Is Fact Stranger Than Fiction?

Mark Piggott | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Mark Piggott

On 14 January 2008, Jonny Benjamin stood on Waterloo Bridge contemplating suicide. Then a stranger stopped him, told him things would get better, and ...

Sarah Waters, Author Of 'The Paying Guest', On Why She Invokes Being A Lesbian Writer

The Huffington Post UK | Jessie Thompson | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Award-winning author Sarah Waters is as famous for her novels' lesbian protagonists as she is for her rich historical settings. Her current novel, ...

UK Literature Needs to Get Its Swag Back By Appreciating Diversity

Jemimah Steinfeld | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Jemimah Steinfeld

The Writing the Future report puts a figure on this lack of cultural diversity, estimating that ethnic representation within the publishing industry is just eight percent. Another key statistic highlighted in the report regards UK literary festivals; at Edinburgh, Cheltenham and Hay festivals, a measly four percent of the programme was made up of UK Black and Asian writers.

World Book Night

Alix Long | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Alix Long

More than anything, World Book Night teaches people why books, and reading, are so integral to our society and to humanity as a whole. It doesn't bear thinking about what our world would be like without literature.

Ayelet Gundar-Goshen and One Night, Markovitch

Ben Mirza | Posted 05.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ben Mirza

Based on historical events 'One Night, Markovitch' takes the reader from Europe, as she was fast approaching the onset of World War II and British Mandate Palestine. Ayelet takes her skills as a storyteller to new heights, crafting a tale structured around both historical and deeply personal events.

Book Review: Tariq Mehmood, You're Not Proper

Claire Chambers | Posted 31.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Claire Chambers

The literary world is currently witnessing a boom in Young Adult fiction, but the state of diversity in YA writing is dire. Fewer than three per cent ...

Why 'A Room of One's Own' Is as Relevant as Ever

Sarah Hambly | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Sarah Hambly

But it's not just the pervasive power of sexism that makes 'A Room of One's Own' so relevant. It's also the fact that it can spark passionate, and sometimes divisive discussions that we have to have about the way that men and women interact, and what it takes to ensure full gender equality.

ON ... Saint Patrick's Day - the Best Excuse to Act the Eejit

Martin Treanor | Posted 15.05.2015 | UK
Martin Treanor

The day usually starts with a text or email session to everyone we think might be Irish, or even bothered - then there's the rummage around to find your one, single piece of green clothing.

Terry Pratchett's Best Quotes Reveal His Mischief, Wit And Wonder

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 13.03.2015 | UK

Terry Pratchett, author of the bestselling Discworld fantasy series, has died aged 66 after suffering from Alzheimer's Disease. He wrote over 70 bo...

'The Amazing Racist': A Tale of Pride and Prejudice in Sri Lanka

Adele Wilde-Blavatsky | Posted 09.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Adele Wilde-Blavatsky

Chhimi Tenduf-La's debut novel, 'The Amazing Racist', was released worldwide in January by Hatchette India. The book follows the trials and tribulations of Eddie Trusted, an English school teacher in Colombo...

15 Books Every Woman Should Read

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 05.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

What was the last book you read that you couldn't stop talking about? Did it have a woman (or indeed, women) at the heart of it? There is a certa...

Agatha Christie's 'Hoarded' Fan Letters Reveal Her Stories Touched The Darkest Places

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Louise Ridley | Posted 22.02.2015 | UK

Agatha Christie touched her fans lives in extraordinary ways, as newly-published fan mail sent to the creator of Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple reveal...

(#1) 50 Mistakes of the Fledgling Fiction Writer. Ian M Pindar.

Ian M Pindar | Posted 08.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ian M Pindar

I gave up my well-paid job to become a full time writer. This is the bloginations of my emotional, psychological, creative, angst ridden and time-consuming toil on my 'journey' to hold a finished novel in my hand, and gaze out from the top of Maslow's pyramid.

Going Underground: The London Modernist Literary Event at the Cockpit Theatre

Jason Holmes | Posted 10.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

Things have changed in the world of publishing and the literary festival is now perhaps the only means by which the industry at large can bridge the ever-widening gap between the writer and his reading public.

To Read or Not to Read... E-books

Kadie Regan | Posted 05.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Kadie Regan

However effortless and economical an e-text might be (once you have purchased the expensive electronic device, of course), readers are far more likely to remember, enjoy and engross themselves in a book you can really grab hold of.