The Pool has an excerpt of Balli Kaur Jaswal’s  Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows.

Meanwhile, staff there are reading Jess Phillip’s Everywoman and Bruce Chatwin’s Utz, among other books.

The Guardian rounds up the best recent thrillers.

Ross Raisin writes about outsiders, Bradford City and A Natural, his new book about a young gay footballer struggling to fit in.

The number of independent bookshops in the UK has fallen for the 11th year in the row.

Netflix has appointed literary scouts in both the UK and the US.