All cleavage and clunkiness – why can’t male authors write women?

Harry Potter fans can now virtually attend Hogwarts through their phone.

The Guardian rounds up the best of recent thrillers.

What’s inside a writer’s notebook? Scribbled observations, dinner party conversations, flashes of perception … inspired by Henry James’s jottings, Paul Theroux, Susie Boyt and Amit Chaudhuri share their note-taking habits.

Monsieur Ka by Vesna Goldsworthy is “a deft continuation of Anna Karenina“.

The London-based Chinese writer Xiaolu Guo spoke to the Guardian about the books that made her, the joys of Germaine Greer and Marguerite Duras, and why English-writing authors are frequently overrated.

The first ever FutureBook 40 list of UK book industry innovators, sponsored by Kortext, is here.

Staff at The Pool share their thoughts on what they’re reading this week. This week that includes The Women’s Prize For Fiction long-listee When I Hit You, the new Charlie Parker thriller and Juno Dawson’s ironically addictive Clean.

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