Friday, May 10, 2024


Paul Auster, American author of The New York Trilogy, dies aged 77

The writer of The New York Trilogy, Leviathan and 4 3 2 1 – known for his stylised postmodernist fiction – has died from complications of lung cancer

Here, contemporaries pay tribute to his life and work:

Thursday, May 9, 2024


Two Poems, four years in 

detention: the Chinese dissident 

who smuggled his writing out of prison

My poems were written in anger after Tiananmen Square. But what motivates most prison writing is a fear of forgetting. Today I am free, but the regime has never stopped its war on words


Wednesday, May 8, 2024


In Praise of Pulitzer Prize-Winner Jayne Anne Phillips

Jonathan Corcoran on the Teacher Who Taught Him That Writing Begins Far From the Page

Tuesday, May 7, 2024


UK audiobook downloads up 17% last year, Publishers Association data shows

Audiobooks are fast becoming ‘a major route to market for consumers of books’, the trade body says

Sunday, May 5, 2024


‘I can say things other people are afraid to’: Margaret Atwood on censorship, literary feuds and Trump

At 84, The Handmaid’s Tale author is as outspoken as ever. She talks about aging, culture wars - and why “the orange guy” can’t be allowed back into the White House