Book Riot contributors weigh in on their favourite British reads of the year so far.

A PhD student has discovered that one of the first purchasers of Jane Austen’s debut novel Sense and Sensibility was the Prince Regent – a man the author despised.

Science fiction helps define our future, argues the Pool. We can’t afford not to include women.

Book Riot rounds up some great Harry Potter-themed tote bags.

A new subscription service for diverse and inclusive children’s books has launched in the UK.

This week’s novel excerpt on The Pool is from Neon in Daylight by Hermione Hoby, out tomorrow in paperback.

Lily Cole has explained why she has made a film about “awful, violent Heathcliff”.

The Guardian has a list of top 10 tales from the frontier.

Prizes

Kevin Jared Hosein has won the 2018 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for his “uncanny bar story” combining “ideas of civility and ferality”.

The shortlist is out for the Polari First Book Prize, awarded annually to a writer whose first book explores the LGBT experience.

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