Stylist recommends 61 new books to read this spring.

Red Magazine’ literary editor Sarra Manning loved Dear Mrs Bird, by AJ Pearce, out in April.

The Big Green Bookshop has helped raise funds to get a copy of nature anthology The Lost Words into every school in Haringey.

The Guardian reviews Yes to Europe! by Robert Saunders about the 1975 referendum, when the remainers won.

“In the grand, bleak tradition of celebrity novel writing, Penn’s is certainly neither the worst nor the best,” says Sian Cain of Sean Penn’s novel, Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff. But the headline also includes the word “repellent” and “stupid”.

Waterstones has revealed its gender pay gap to be considerably less than the national average, in its report complying with new government regulations, but with significant differences in bonus amounts paid to men and women. Meanwhile, Blackwell’s and W H Smith’s have both beaten the national median averageElsevier has reported a median pay gap of 40%, more than twice the UK average of 18.4% and the highest yet reported by a publishing company. Four academic publishers have also shared their pay gaps.

A host of authors, illustrators and publishers feature on The Bookseller’s pictures round-up of this year’s Bologna Children’s Book Fair.

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