This week, among the books being read by staff at The Pool is These Dividing Walls, Fran Cooper’s novel about interwoven lives in a Paris block.

Pottermore is launching a book club this June. Meanwhile, Joanna Trollope has some hard words to say about JK Rowling.

Elle UK reports on a discussion of identity and art between Trevor Noah, whose memoir Born A Crime, has just come out, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, author of Americanah among other books.

Daljit Nagra, whose latest poetry collection British Museum is out later this month, tells us about his writing day. 

Vikram Seth’s A Suitable Boy is to be adapted for the BBC, as is HG Wells’ War of the Worlds.

Lisa McInerney argues that working-class people are perfectly capable of being articulate.

Guardian Books explores the boom in comic book biographies.

The paper also argues that The 7th Function of Language, “about the blurred line between fiction and reality, is all the more poignant in the era of Trump, Le Pen and fake news”.

And among the books it reviews today is Haruki Murikami’s latest, Men Without Womenand Giro d’Italia by Colin O’Brien, which looks how Italians think through the prism of cycle racing.

The Desmond Elliott Debut Fiction Prize shortlist came out yesterday, and this year it’s not all about the young authors.

All books mentioned in this post can be purchased postage-free worldwide from bookdepository.com.

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