2/3 By Hikmet Hukumenoglu. Cemile finds an innovative way of dealing with marriage proposals.
3/5 Spark's literary voice is discovered when she wins an Observer competition in 1951.
3/10 Mary travels to London in search of artistic advice and enters a world of bohemians.
1/3 By Elif Shafak. A father attempts to change his family's fortunes by altering his image.
2/5 Marriage to an older man offers escape from the claustrophobia of Edinburgh society.
2/10 Mary's quiet life in the rectory is disturbed by a new visitor, Mr Herbert.
3/3 AL Kennedy's 10-point plan for surviving insatiable press demands.
1/5 Hannah Gordon reads from Martin Stannard's biography of the acclaimed Scottish novelist.
1/10 Plain, reliable Mary Jocelyn faces disarray over an unexpected love affair.
1/3 A family discussion about the fate of a trapped squirrel risks revealing a shocking truth.