Alison Flood

Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman is finally here

As its Tuesday launch creates frenzy in the literary world, the novel's first chapter reveals a voice recognisable to that of To Kill a Mockingbird.

Fifty Shades of Grey sequel breaks sales records

More than 1m readers in the US alone have already bought Grey, which retells EL James's hit story from the hero's point of view.

Emancipation, not emasculation

Matt Haig wanted to explore new ideas about masculinity, but found outrage and ire instead.

Game of ideological thrones

George RR Martin believes right-wing science ­fiction writers have wrecked the Hugo Awards.

Praise for ?‘great intellectual’ who defied convention

A tribute to the acclaimed Algerian novelist Assia Djebar, who explored the lives of Muslim women in her fiction for more than 50 years.

‘Go Set A Watchman’ is Harper Lee’s first novel in more than 50 years

Completed in the mid-50s but lost for more than 50 years, the novel was written before 'To Kill A Mockingbird' and features Scout as an adult.

Alan Turing notes to fetch a million pounds

British auctioneer Bonhams is to sell the 56-page manuscript of the code-breaker's work cracking the Enigma code in 1942.

#blacklivesmatter voted 2014’s word of the year in US

Twitter protest hashtag is overwhelming victor in American Dialect Society’s annual poll of language experts.

Amazon Christmas boycott campaign gathers weight

Customers’ commitment, through Amazon Anonymous, to spend elsewhere now adds up to more than £2.5m.

Writers can give hope to a society living in fear

Award-winning author Ursula le Guin speaks out against greedy publishers

If Dan Brown can write, so can robots

The Hoshi prize hopes stories created by artificial intelligences (AIs) will soon go up against those written by humans in the competition.

To Kill a Mockingbird tops list of women’s greatest books

To Kill a Mockingbird, "the book that introduced many of us to our belief in human rights".

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