Celebrating reading and the 100 novels that have shaped our world
From Toni Morrison's Beloved to Sylvia's Plath's The Bell Jar, 10 novels that explore how we define ourselves and others
Jo Whiley's in the chair as the panel reveal the reasons behind their Novels choices
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Just as Britain’s status as a world power was fading, one hero kept it going. James Bond
Rudyard Kipling believed in the British empire. His finest novel, Kim, also questions it.
How Margaret Atwood's novel uniquely placed women at the centre of events
The panel has had their say - now tell us about the novels you love
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Greg Davies travels to Barnsley to meet those intimately tied to Barry Hines's classic novel A Kestrel for a Knave
A look at how the novel has followed the rise, decline and fall of the British Empire.
The author who forced the mainstream to embrace fantasy in literature
Tim Minchin, Kit De Waal, Elif Shafak and Geoff Dyer on how the language of novels inspires writers
Gertrude Stein has been called a genius and an idiot. So which was she?
Kathy O'Shaughnessy talks to Mariella Frostrup about her new novel on the life of George Eliot