The Bodleian Libraries in Oxford are unveiling a series of previously unseen letters that J R R Tolkien wrote to his children “from Father Christmas” every winter for 23 years.

A school in Ipswich has bought each of its children a book for Christmas, to ensure they are not without reading material over the holidays.

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol  was reportedly inspired by his visits to Cornwall and a man he met there.

With all the nonsense going around about Jane Austen these days, it’s nice to be reminded that she was, in fact, not a bitter spinster, but an “acerbic badass“.

The Guardian rounds up the top 10  books about the unconscious.

The judging panel for next year’s Man Booker prize has been announced.

National Poetry Day has revealed the winners of its “freedom” themed children’s poetry competition.

Best of 2017

Stylist recommends the best books by women to give as presents.

Book Riot rounds up the best UK book covers of the year.

The Scotsman reviews the best photography books of 2017 and the Guardian has its own list.

The BBC’s Jane Ciabattari picks her ten favourite reads.


In the latest episode of The Readers, Simon and Thomas catch up and  discuss their reading horizons.

The Book Club Review podcast discusses We by Yevgeny Zamyatin and interviews editor Seb Emina who has some great ideas for how to get through the TBR pile including ‘speed-dating for books’, and the perfect suggestion for the enthusiastic but time-poor reader.

On Front Row, Carmen María Machado reveals what she drew on to create the stories in Her Body And Other Parties.