TV and radio presented Fearne Cotton is to write her first children’s book.

Blob, the story of a boy called Bob and his blobfish, is straight in at number one of The Bookseller’s official chart this week, ahead of adult books.

In the Guardian, Sara Wheeler asks where all the female travel writers have gone.

As the father of a non-verbal autistic boy, author Jem Lester recalls what it has been like to see his novel Shtum adopted by other parents of autistic children. The book is out now in paperback in the UK and will be published in the US in May.

My gender didn’t exist in fiction when I was growing up – so I wrote myself into existence,” says Alison Evans, whose book Ida came out at the end of 2016.

Podcasts

Comedian Pippa Evans and satirist Craig Brown are this week’s guests on A Good Read, where they discuss some of their favourite books.

On Guardian Books, Édouard Louis discusses the risks and rewards of autobiographical fiction through the lens of his highly acclaimed book The End of Eddy, a novel about a gay child who grows up surrounded by poverty and homophobia in a post-industrial French town.

This week’s Meet the Author on the Today Programme introduces us to Sara Baume. She talks to James Naughtie about her latest novel A Line Made by Walking and explains why the theme of loneliness runs through her writing.

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