Happy Roald Dahl Day! To celebrate, here’s some life advice from his books and a list of eight of his books we should all read, while Gizmodo narrows it down to five. Lego models of his characters have popped up in all kinds of locations around the UK.
The Man Booker shortlist is out, and it’s a mix of big names and début authors. A former judge calls the list a daring one, and Claire Hynes asks how many Bookers writers of colours must win before they’re accepted. BBC Radio Four’s Front Row discusses the shortlist, too.
Jon McGregor rounds up some top short stories.
Good news for aspiring kid lit authors: Bristol-based children’s publishers Book Island are looking for great books to publish.
The Debrief has a list of historical fiction that will get you interested in fiction again.
Francesca Sanna has won the Klaus Flugge Prize for most exciting newcomer children’s picture book illustration for The Journey, her tale of a family escaping conflict, inspired by an Italian refugee centre she visited.
What’s it like to start reading at 60? The BBC investigates.
On the other side of the age spectrum, a study has found that one in five British parents do not spend any time reading with their primary school-aged children.