There are over 160 YA titles being released in the UK in 2018. Maximum Pop has made a list of ALL of them.

Should we judge books by their authors? As allegations come out left and right these days, this seems a more important question than ever.

If you want to name your baby after a Harry Potter character, Cosmo UK has some suggestions.

Give me hygge any day: the latest trend to be endlessly milked by the publishing industry is Japanese forest-bathing, apparently.

Do our memories make us who we are? This week’s Guardian Books podcast investigates.

West End Lane Books has a fun new competition.

A Far Cry From Kensington is the Muriel Spark novel to fall in love with, according to the Guardian’s reading group. Although astringent in places, this portrait of publishers and poseurs is also marvellously warm-hearted.

Jeanette Winterson’s books shaped my life,” says Ruth Hunt, Chief Executive at Stonewall, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans equality charity.

Excerpted on The Pool today is Educated by Tara Westover, which Cathy Retzenbrink calls a “beautiful and brave memoir full of spirit and courage and fierce intelligence“.

The Times Literary Supplement has said it is now the UK’s fastest growing weekly magazine, providing a contrast to “this era of fast, facile digital nonsense” according to its (totally unbiased, obviously) editor.

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Prize News

The shortlist is out for the Jhalak Prize, which “seeks to celebrate books by British BAME writers and provide an exciting snapshot of the incredible array of writers of colour in Britain today”.

Also out is the shortlist for the Republic of Consciousness Prize for Small Presses, which “rewards independent publishers from the UK and Ireland that take the risk to publish brave and bold literary fiction”.

Ahead of the 2018 YA Book Prize shortlist announcement, The Bookseller catches up with some of last year’s #YA10 authors.