Jamie Oliver and Ruth Hogan are at the top of the Amazon UK print and ebook charts.

More importantly, though, Big Green Books in London’s Wood Green have revealed their own best-sellers.

The Guardian has recomendations for books to inform and inspire the work of university tutors and professors as they recharge over Christmas.

Also at the Guardian, David Barnett implores us not to try and “fix” non-readers by giving them books as Christmas presents.

After yesterday’s story that a bot has tried to write a Harry Potter novel, one illustrator couldn’t resist drawing an accompaniment.

Literary fiction is in crisis, the Arts Council England reports, blaming falling sales on the recession and the rise of smartphones.

Virago is to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca with an embroidered special edition.

The shortlist for the André Simon Food & Drink Book Awards has been revealed.

Best of 2017

The Evening Standard rounds up the best music books of 2017.

The Telegraph has a list of the best gardening books.


On Front Row, Kazuo Ishiguro talks to John Wilson from Stockholm about his reaction to his winning the Nobel Prize. He highlights issues such as artificial intelligence and genetic research that are firing his imagination.

The QI Elves discussed their compendium of strange facts, The Book of the Year, on the Spectator Books podcast.

In the 1930’s Nan Shepherd was one of Scotland’s best known poets and writers, but her masterpiece The Living Mountain languished unpublished in a drawer. On Woman’s Hour, Jenni Murray speaks to Charlotte Peacock who has written her biography about what led to her being pictured on the RBS £5 note.

The latest Brit Lit Podcast episode is out, and features an interview with stand-up comedian Rosie Wilby, who spoke about literary friendships, the pain of break-ups, and her favourite music memoirs.