Stylist pays tribute to the late Michael Bond with some great Paddington Bear quotes. Michael Morpurgo writes in the Guardian that both the bear and his creator offered us lessons in kindness.

The Guardian has a list of ten great books with Shakespearean plays at their heart.

The Authors for Grenfell auction closed yesterday, having raised around £150,000 for the survivors of the disaster. One of the most heart-warming stories was the communal bidding by 449 people for the honour of naming a character in Philip Pullman’s next novel. The bid raised £32,400 and will immortalise Nur Hada El Wahabi, who died in the Grenfell Tower fear. She was a pupil of the original bidder, James Clements.

Bestselling author Jane Green has spoken of the loneliness of being a novelist.

Zoella has re-launched her book club with W H Smith, this time enlisting the help of fellow authors to select the titles.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is to be translated into Scots.

Pro-library campaigners have given a “cautious welcome” to new Arts Council England (ACE) support for short-term public library projects, which represents a £1.6 million boost.

ITV is to adapt Vanity Fair for the screen.


Arundhati Roy is the guest on this week’s Guardian Books podcast, where she discusses her new novel, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness.

Penguin Books talks to Helen Fielding about her latest novel, Bridget Jones’s Baby.