Not sure where to start with Jane Austen? Book Riot has a guide.

In 1951, Guy Gunaratne’s Sri Lankan father learned English by reading in a London bookshop. Almost 70 years later, the same shop sells his son’s novel. The author considers their very different journeys.

The Swiss librarian and photographer Thomas Guignard has captured the beauty, symmetry and intricate designs of libraries across the world.

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Book lists

The Guardian has a list of the top 10 books about North Korea.

Heart Radio has recommendations for summer reading.

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The Telegraph has a list of six books to boost your knowledge of China.

The Week UK rounds up seven of the best autobiographies of all time.


Red introduces the hot young writers shortlisted by the Dylan Thomas Prize.

The shortlist is out for the Oxford-Weidenfeld Prize for book-length literary translations into English from any living European language.