Let’s face it: everyone’s over January. So here are Stylist’s picks of books to look out for in February.

One of those books is Afua Hirsch’s Brit(ish).What does it mean to be black and British now? In a timely study, the author uses personal and political histories to discover the reality of being a person of colour in the UK.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie wasn’t putting up with any crap when a French journalist asked her if there are bookshops in Nigeria. (!)

“It’s important to say how it feels to be a woman in a woman’s body”: The Pool spoke to Leila Slimani, author of the Lullaby, the book everyone has seemingly been talking about this month.

Lounge Books founder Sam Missingham, formerly digital project manager at HarperCollins, is launching a book marketing service for authors called Lounge Marketing.

The hedge fund which took Game Digital onto the stock market four years ago is in talks about a takeover of Waterstones, Britain’s best-known specialist bookseller.

The authors of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls are donating $100,000 to the Malala Fund.

As we look forward to the publication of Julian Barnes’ latest novel, The Only Story, this week, the writer speaks to the Guardian about the demands of modern readers and his fondness for unusual books.

‘Vital, witty, formidably blithe’: Ali Smith  writes about Muriel Spark at 100.

Is David Walliams the first domino to fall in British publishing’s turn to reckon with sexual harassment?

Amazon is to open a new “fulfillment centre” in Rugy.

The publication date of journalist Matt Cain’s The Madonna of Bolton has been brought forward by Unbound due to the support it has received by crowdfunders — proving yet again that success in traditional publishing is not necessarily the mark either of a good book or one for which there is demand. And I’m not just saying that because I’ve got a book currently funding with Unbound.

The creative industries sector is anxious it is being “sidelined” as Brexit negotiations continue.

Richard Davenport-Hines offers a strange new study of the Cambridge spies in Enemies Within.

The Guardian’s latest digested read is 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan B Peterson.