At The Bookseller, Philip Jones reviews the year in publishing. Unexpected trends include fire and unicorns. Overall, it’s been a bumpy year, but optimism prevails.

Ready to make a change in 2018? These books will inspire you to do that.

Authors share the books that made them a feminist.

If aliens reviewed English literature, they would not know women menstruate, according to Sally Rooney, author of Conversations with Friends.

The Advertising Standards Authority is assessing whether an investigation into Amazon parcel deliveries is warranted.

The Man Booker prize turns 50 in 2018, and in the works are year-long celebrations and a campaign to introduce new audiences to its winning, shortlisted and longlisted authors.

Eddie Izzard and Dawn French are dispensing life lessons in the latest publishing trend: the celebrity advice book.

As if getting a book deal wasn’t hard enough, it’s about to become worse, thanks to Brexit.

Good, cruelty-free food is a right for everybody, whatever their income or status. It was a radical message to many of Charles Dickens’ Victorian readers. Do we still need to listen to it?” Pen Volger, author of Dinner with Dickens, argues that perhaps we do.

Gift Guides

Money Week has a list of Christmas books for the lefties in your family.

The Pool has suggestions for the the best arts, culture and entertainment gifts for your favourite know-it-alls, and books feature heavily.

Best of 2017

The Independent rounds up the best art books of 2017.

Jill Mansell writes about her favourite reads of 2017 on Lounge Books.

Podcasts

New year, same you? Emma Gannon talks to Gretchen Rubin on Ctrl Alt Delete.

Books And Authors investigates Christmas literary gifts and explores whether crowdfunding is the future of publishing.

In the latest End of All Things episode, Rob chats to Jon McGregor about Male oppression, obsession with the number thirteen, the art of the letter and how he constructed his multi-layered, much lauded and Booker longlisted novel, Reservoir 13.

On Adventures With Words, Rob and Kate discuss what they’ll be reading this Christmas.

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