Alison Flood

No magic bullet to help you read super-fast and grasp it all

From speed-reading courses and apps, we zoom in on techniques that claim to increase reading speed.

Parents worried about use of interactive e-books

The majority of British parents who responded to a new survey voiced concerns over the negative impact of interactive e-books on their children.

Life of an African woman saint is a revelation

Ethiopian noblewoman Walatta Petros fought to stop the spread of Roman Catholicism, possibly fell in love with a nun and was elevated to sainthood

Japanese bookshop stocks only one book at a time

Owner of Morioka Shoten in Tokyo says the strategy adds up to a dedicated exhibition for each volume it sells.

Feminist essay a must-read for 16-year-old Swedes

Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's essay is now being distributed in Swedish to high-school pupils.

Outrage as school pulls ‘vulgar’ novel

Campaigners say move to pull award-winning writer Jonathan Safran Foer’s novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close raises constitutional concerns.

Tolkien’s precision revealed in a map

Correspondence between Tolkien and the late and acclaimed illustrator gives further details about the sometimes thorny relationship between the two.

Historian of emotions wins the Nobel

Belarussian Svetlana Alexievich has won the Nobel prize for literature for her thousands of oral histories that map the implosion of the Soviet Union.

Blue books for him, pink for her

A leading author has railed against gender specific literature for children and adults, calling it brainwashing.

Stephen King to receive National Medal of Arts from Barack Obama

The United States president will present the novelist with the highest award for artists given by the US government.

Great Scott! Another Fitzgerald story

A 8 000-word story by F Scott Fitzgerald has been discovered in the archives of Princeton University.

Harper Lee’s Watchman – a novel hiding in plain sight

Harper Lee’s lawyer, Tonja Carter, says there may be a third novel by Lee.

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