Staff at The Pool share what they’re reading this week

An 86-year-old writer is among those shortlisted for a Manchester Writing Competition.

The shortlist for the Blue Peter Awards is up. 

Amanda Craig asks why modern novelists are so reluctant to talk about money.

Penelope Lively and Kamila Shamsie are re-launching neglected books by female writers for a series launching to coincide with February’s anniversary of the Representation of the People Act.

Michael Rosen argues that Dickens’s A Christmas Carol has become too familiar and it’s time to revisit itsoriginal meaning and capture what Scrooge stood for.

Writers at the Evening Standard pick their favourite books of the year. 

From Just William to War and Peace: Terry Waite has eclectic taste when it comes to his six favourite books.

The Guardian has a recipe for rice pudding inspired by La Belle Sauvage.