On the latest Guardian Books Podcast, Claire and Sian consider the 2018 Man Booker prize shortlist and compare their reading.

The Independent rounds up the 20 best new cookbooks of 2018.

Val McDermid gives tips on how to write a killer crime novel.

This week’s excerpted novel on The Pool is The Murder of Harriet Monckton, by Elizabeth Haynes.

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