In honour of the Tour de France, the Guardian Books website rounds up some great books about cycling.

And carrying on in that vein, one blogger has interviewed Clémentine Beauvais, who both wrote and translated the recently published and delightful sounding French YA novel Piglettes, in which three teen girls travel across France on bikes. It’s rare that a French book would be translated into English in both the UK and the US, let alone a YA book, so look out for this one.

This week, staff at The Pool are reading Jeanette Winterson’s Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? and Plum by Hollie McNish.

Andrea Leadsom is being ridiculed after mistakenly calling Jane Austen “one of our greatest living writers”.

Matt Haig writes about mental health in the Guardian, stating mental health is no more shameful than tonsilitis.

Chris Brookmyre has won the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award for his novel Black Widow.

The Tryst by Monique Roffey is “perfectly judged erotic fiction”, argues Jane Housham.

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