This week’s excerpted novel on The Pool is from The One Who Wrote Destiny, by Nikesh Shukla.

Red online rounds up some brilliant lines form children’s books that everyone should know.

An Italian bookseller stole a signed first-edition copy of a Harry Potter book worth £1,675 by switching it with a different novel at a Piccadilly shop, a court has heard.

iBooks has a list of books that define motherhood.

On this week’s Guardian Books podcast, Sian Cain, Claire Armitstead and Richard Lea discuss what they are reading. With Claire fresh from a Brian Aldiss binge, this leads to a debate on how to define science fiction. Is snobbery a big factor in how the genre is defined?

The Guardian is giving you a chance to champion your favourite under-appreciated book.