Alan Carr and Melanie Sykes are the guests on this week’s A Good Read, the Radio Four podcast in which public figures talk about books they love.

Waterstones is back in the  black for the first time since 2008.

The Guardian rounds up illustrations from the 23 artists who are finalists in the competition for illustrating the new edition of Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park.

In the Guardian, Stephen Moss profiles Sebastian Barry, whose novel Days Without End won the Costa prize for Book of the Year yesterday, the only novelist to have done so twice.

The Libraries Minister, Rob Wilson, is to fight back against cuts.


There’s movement at the top of the UK chart. Val McDermid’s latest thriller, Out of Bounds, is the best-selling book, with Deliciously Ella with Friendsand Louise Doughty’s  psychological thriller, Apple Tree Yard, in third.