The BBC recommends 10 books to read in November.

 You can never have too many books, can you? Susan Reuben argues that as long as it’s still possible to walk around the the house, all is well. Her husband disagrees.

An  appearance by Tom Hanks closed Southbank Centre’s biggest ever London Literature Festival at the Royal Festival Hall.

The Guardian reviews When They Go Low, We Go High, a book exploring the great speeches of history by Philip Collins, Tony Blair’s former speechwriter. They also round up the best latest thrillers.

Manchester’s literary scene just keeps getting stronger.

“Eimear McBride knew she had a great book. I thought mine was a turkey”: Tom Lee spoke to the Guardian about his Kafka-esque novel, The Alarming Palsy of James Orr, out today.

A historical thriller, Half Of You by Faber Academy graduate Carolyn Kirby, has won the inaugural Bluepencilagency First Novel Award for previously unpublished and unrepresented writers.


The New Statesman’s Back Half has a Goldsmiths Prize Shortlist special. The prize rewards experimental novels, and shortlistees read from theirs and discuss their inspiration.

The New Statesman’s main podcast features an interview with Nick Harkaway about his novel Gnomon, out today.

Robin and Josie from Book Shambles spoke to Kim Scott about his new book Taboo and his work to preserve an indigenous Australian language.

The Richard and Judy Book Club podcast discusses Stef Penney’s Under a Pole Star.

The latest Brit Lit Podcast features an interview with Elizabeth Day, author of literary thriller The Party.