We’re Finally Starting to Take Women’s Hormones Seriously

A new wave of books about women's bodies looks set to turn 'that time of the month' from a punchline to properly understood reality.


Music Drives Gender-Play Novel ‘Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl’

Andrea Lawlor's debut is a fascinating exploration of sex, queerness and gender, played out against a kaleidoscopic musical background.


If Indie Bookshops Can Pay a Living Wage, Why Can't Waterstones?

Recently, Waterstones boss James Daunt said the chain "can't afford" to pay a living wage. What can it learn from the independent bookshops who say they already do?


'Close' Is the Literary Newsletter Bringing Intimacy to Your Inbox

We spoke to the creators of one of the best sources of original writing in the UK.


A Bewitching Interview with Bougie London Literary Woman

The enigma behind the Twitter account winning hearts and minds sat down to tell us more.


George R.R. Martin Is Hiding in a Cabin So He Can Finally Finish the Next 'GoT' Book

We might actually get to read 'The Winds of Winter' one of these days.


A First Date in a Chain Bookshop with Death Cab for Cutie

Romance is... Kensington High Street Waterstones.


Édouard Louis is Staging a Coup Against Literature

We caught up with the provocative French novelist before the release of his incendiary new book 'History of Violence'.


What Is a 'White Girl'?

We spoke to Hilton Als ahead of the UK release of his book, 'White Girls'.


Inside the Mind-Numbing Literature of North Korea's Dictators

The Kim family hasn't just ruled the country for three generations – they've also been the Hermit Kingdom's leading authors.


What It's Like Adapting Haruki Murakami's Surreal Fiction

An experimental performance visualizes the Japanese novelist's magical world IRL.


Why Politicians Shouldn't Write Novels

Vince Cable's Lib-Dem thriller is part of a history of dodgy books by Westminster celebs.