Feminism and fairy tales: the Guardian rounds up recent teenage books.

This week’s Book List from the Independent asks: are these the titles you need to read to get into a top university?

Is the Cambridge University Library tower really full of Victorian pornography? The Cambridge Independent investigates.

My novel, Unscripted, is now fully funded and will be published at some point in the not-too-distant future! You can still pledge towards it and get rewards — and it’d also be great if you add it to your Goodreads page!

BBC’s Radio 4 will broadcast dramatisations of six of Maya Angelou’s memoirs for the first time, 90 years after her birth.

Second Home is to open a new poetry bookshop at its Holland Park collaborative working branch in London, at the same time as launching a “bold and joyous” five-day poetry festival.

Bloomsbury has agreed an “important” content partnership with Spotify, which will see the music streaming service exclusively offer titles from the publisher’s 33 1/3 series to listeners.

BookTrust has chosen Little Monkey by author and illustrator Marta Altés for this year’s Time to Read campaign. This September the charity will give away 700,000 free copies of the book to every reception-age child.

This week’s Guardian Books podcast is all about mazes.

Leslie Jamison’s addiction memoir, The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath, is the story of a high achiever racked by self-doubt. The Pool’s Marisa Bate talks to the author about AA meetings, relying on men for validation and why she hopes that writing about booze will touch others.

The Pool has an excerpt of America Is Not the Heart, by Elaine Castillo.


The Daily Mail and Penguin Random House have launched the third year of their nationwide competition to search for a new writing talent.

The Times’ foreign correspondent Richard Lloyd Parry has scooped the Rathbones Folio Prize for Ghosts of the Tsunami: Death and Life in Japan’s Disaster Zone.