Alison Flood examines the unexpected phenomenon of pet lit, the unexpected hit of 2017.

The author of the Cat Person short story has a book deal.

In a year of political changed effected by young people, “Youthquake” has been named 2017 word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries.

Charles Dickens’ Bleak House and Gail Honeyman’s Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine are among the books that staff at The Pool are reading this week.

Over on Book Riot, you can vote on whether you prefer the UK or the US cover of Eleanor Oliphant.

Editors and agents are predicting a continued focus on empowering female-led narratives and diverse voices in children’s and YA books in 2018.

In this vein, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls is getting a second volume, and JK Rowling is one of the contributors.

Hilary Mantel discusses the books that made her.

The Financial Times recommends books to give to Socialists this Christmas.

Librarians weigh in on which books to read in each decade of your life.

MTV UK rounds up some of the most beautiful books of the year.

Penguin Random House is to have a swanky new London office.

Margaret Busby, who was Britain’s youngest and first black woman book publisher in the 1960s,  is to compile a “major” new anthology about African women writers from the past 25 years.

Ahead of her milestone birthday next week, British literary editor, novelist and memoirist Diana Athill talked to Claire Armitstead about regrets, the advantages of old age, and why she’s still writing at 100.

 There’s a new Asterix book out, and to celebrate, you could win previous books featuring the plucky hero from Gaul.

Best Books of 2017

Publishing industry insiders reflect on books that made their year, books that deserved to do better, and books they wish they’d published.

Not to be outdone by the Telegraph, the Financial Times has its own list of best gardening books of the year.

Open Democracy have put together a list of the best politics books of the year.

Podcasts

On Fortunately… with Fi and JaneYear of Wonder author Clemency Burton-Hill talks about AI composers and classical music.

The Odyssey’s first female translator, Emily Wilson, speaks to Front Row about why the issues running through the epic make Homer a writer for our times. On yesterday’s episode, Caroline Fraser, the author of a new biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder Prairie Fires, and Eddie Higgins, a British member of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association, examine the life and popularity of the Little House on the Prairie Author

This week’s Vintage Books podcast brings us an excerpt from the Costa shortlisted Montpelier Parade by Karl Geary.

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