To adults, rereading feels like an indulgence – but for children it is a necessity. Lucy Mangan reflects on a childhood spent with The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Adventures of Milly-Molly-Mandy.

I was recently interviewed by my old university about the Brit Lit Podcast and my upcoming novel, Unscripted.

This is an extraordinary time for Jewish books, argues Lucy Silver, who sets the scene for Jewish Book Week, which takes place in March.

Alastair Campbell has a new novel, focusing on a football team under pressure in the middle of the IRA troubles.

Iain M Banks’s drawings of the Culture universe are to be published in 2019.

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Publishing has called for evidence from the trade as it seeks to maintain a “world-leading” publishing sector in the UK.

Girl Power

Virago and the Gender Balance Network staged a sold-out performance of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues at Hachette UK’s offices in London on Valentine’s Day to raise hundreds of pounds for charity.

Penguin is launching a pop-up bookshop stocked solely with titles by female writers for International Women’s Day.

BBC News writes about the publishing company that’s only putting out books by female authors in 2018.

Prizes and Awards

The first group of emerging playwrights to benefit from Audible’s $5m fund will include two British writers: Gary McNair, from Glasgow, and James Fritz, from London.

Scottish novelist Elizabeth Macneal has won this year’s Caledonia Novel Award for her “masterful” historical fiction debut, The Doll Factory, set in Victorian London.

The Carnegie and Kate Greenaway medals have a revealed a more diverse longlist after last year’s backlash.

Simon & Schuster UK has launched a competition with the Darley Anderson Literary Agency and Bradford Literature Festival to find the next bestselling commercial fiction author.