New books on the official UK chart include Crisis, the spy thriller by Frank Gardner, and My Sweet Revenge, by Jane Fallon, in which a woman plots to break her actor husband’s heart in retaliation for his affair.

Former Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman, will be boycotting US events while the “travel ban” from seven predominantly Muslim countries is in place.


How does a manuscript become a paperback? The latest installment of the Guardian Books podcast talks us through the journey of a book from Word document to bookshelf.

The company behind the Rough Guides travel books have launched a podcast for “untold travel stories”. Guests include Ruby Wax and Dervla Murphy, whose book Full Tilt relates her 1963 solo bike trip from Ireland to India.

Radio Four’s Meet the Author introduces us to Chris Cleave and his novel Everyone Brave is Forgiven. He is also the author of Little Bee and The Other Hand.

Kirsty Young celebrates 75 years of Desert Island Discs with a bumper episode of almost three hours in which she looks back at some of her favourite interviews.. Highlights include Maya Angelou and Stephen Hawking.

BBC Books and Authors interviews American author Yaa Gyasi, whose book Homegoing
was published in the UK this month. Plus: books about the legend of Merlin, AL Kennedy on her first book for children, and a recommendation from inside the publishing industry.


Baileys are dropping their sponsorship of the women’s fiction prize from 2018 onwards.

The longlist for the Wellcome Book Prize, for books with ” a central theme that engages with some aspect of medicine, health or illness”, has been announced. The British writers on the list are Jo Marchant, for Cure, Sarah Moss, for The Tidal Zone, Sarah Perry, for The Essex Serpent, and Adam Rutherford, for A Brief History of Everyone who Ever Lived.