Top Ten: World Book Night Books

This week saw the UK celebrate its 3rd annual World Book Night and the US its 2nd. 23rd April was chosen as the date as it is the UNESCO World Book Day, the anniversary of Shakespeare’s death (and probable birthdate) and the anniversary of the death of Miguel de Cervantes…

Booksellers name their top tips for Christmas 2011

Publishers and booksellers are already gearing up for Christmas and are expecting strong sales across a wide range of titles. Like every year a large number of books are vying to be the most popular in our stockings on Christmas morning. These include James Corden’s autobiography May I Have Your Attention Please?, Rob Brydon’s Small Man In A Book and Jamie Oliver’s new cookbook Jamie’s Great Britain.

The World’s Wife

A female perspective on some of history’s most enduring stories

Ever since I was an eager young English student trying to emulate older friends I’ve tried to convince myself that I love poetry. I bought vast collections which still sit unread on my bookshelves and nodded sagely whenever people spoke about poetry.

Birmingham for Tariq Jahan

The UK seems to be returning to some sort of normality after last week’s riots, although for some families it will take much longer than a few days to recover. Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy has written a poem dedicated to Tariq Jahan, whose son Haroon was one of three brave young men killed while trying to protect their local community.