Annual profits at Waterstones have jumped up 80%.

Got a question about the publishing industry? (I have many.) You’ll be able to ask them at the Guardian’s new weekly Book Clinic.

Staff at The Pool are reading Agatha Christie’s Crooked House and Quicksand by Malin Persson Giolito, as well as, like everyone else on the planet, Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff.

RIP Peter Mayle, author of A Year in Provence.

The shortlist for the Costa Short Story Award has been revealed.

Could a book bring down a president? David Runciman investigates.

The Church Times reviews books for Lent.

Tessa Hadley reviews A Long Way From Home by Peter Carey.


Creative Scotland and other arts bodies are to receive more funding from the Scottish Government.

In her latest book, How to Be HumanRuby Wax describes writing as being as agonising as labour. “You’re in such pain during the birth, but with a book you’re dilated for a year.”

This week’s Bookseller pictures round-up features the 2018 Laugh Out Loud Awards, an interactive billboard and the launch of C.J. Tudor’s debut The Chalk Man.