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Ali Smith on Autumn, Brexit and the shortness of life

Ali Smith discusses her moving and inventive new novel, Autumn, the first in a series o...

Helen Sedgwick on the magic of comets

As the Perseid meteor shower lights up the skies in August, Helen Sedgwick explains som...

Roddy Doyle: The Easter Rising

Roddy Doyle looks back 100 years to the Easter Rising and the impact it had on his own ...

Anne Tyler

Lessons on life from the American novelist Anne Tyler.

John Steinbeck

A collection of beautifully illustrated quotations taken from John Steinbeck's clas...

Gayle Forman

Young Adult fiction writer Gayle Forman shares her lessons on life.

Bill Bryson

What the works of Anglo-American travel writer and humourist Bill Bryson can teach us a...

Haruki Murakami

How Haruki Murakami tackles life’s big issues in his bestselling novels.

Karl Ove Knausgaard

My Struggle author Karl Ove Knausgaard on life’s big issues, from love and money to dea...

Charlie Higson

What Charlie Higson's books have to say on the big topics, from love and marriage t...

Martin Amis

Part of this development will be an intranasal formulation of ketamine to treat post-tr...

Julian Barnes

Thought-provoking quotes from Man Booker Prize-winning novelist Julian Barnes, author o...

John le Carré

Exploring life’s important questions through John le Carré’s books.

Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell

Read the opening passage to Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-four, one of the most famous b...

Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

Read an extract from the opening of Arthur Miller's classic 1959 play Death of a Sa...

A letter from Dodie Smith to Julian Barnes on the publication of his first novel, Metroland

In preparation for the publication of his first novel, Metroland, in 1980, Julian Barne...

Dunbar by Edward St Aubyn

Despotism, finance and family clash in Edward St Aubyn’s savage and heartbreaking Dunba...

The Laughing Monsters by Denis Johnson

Read an extract of Denis Johnson's latest literary thriller, The Laughing Monsters,...

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

Read an extract from Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath, his classic 1939 novel about ...

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