Does your family have a dark secret? I assume that most families do, to one degree or another. It may be a significant one, like one of the children is not the father's biological child, a bigamous family, or a suicide.
A British writer has scooped the largest prize in the world for a novel published in English. Even the Dogs, by Jon McGregor
So why do we need printed books? The printed book doesn't run out of power or rely on a mislaid charger... I don't need to hide a printed book under the towel on the beach nor, for that matter, does it mind too much if I get sand in the cover... and when I do climb up to the first base of Everest I don't need to worry about a signal.
It is 50 years since Doris Lessing's most famous novel, The Golden Notebook, was published. But I would argue that Lessing has written better books in the last 50 years, which have been overshadowed by the fame attached to The Golden Notebook and The Grass is Singing, her first novel.
A 14-year-old schoolgirl has written a full-length science fiction novel in her spare time - without either her parents or
Pamela Druckerman’s latest novel French Children Don’t Throw Food: Parenting Secrets From Paris glorifies the French method
Readers who could accept the wildest flights of fancy in a novel - heroes racing against time to avert international disaster and the like - would howl with fury if a character, say, boarded a Northern Line tube train at Green Park or fondly recalled the general election of 1998. Which is why research is as important for my Sam Bourne alter ego as it is in my Jonathan Freedland journalist day job.
Judging by the number of people visiting public art galleries - the figures are increasing year-on-year according to government stats - I reckon there must be an appetite for novels delving into the art business. I've compiled a list of 10 novels ranging from historical fiction and thrillers through to more philosophical writings.
"The Elizabethans lived in a time of transformative new technology. Social change. Religious fundamentalism. Foreign wars
Novelist Ben Hatch is a firm believer that "anyone can write". His first novel The Lawnmower Celebrity was loosely based on his time working at McDonalds and his second book The International Gooseberry details the trials and tribulations of a hapless backpacker.