So many people work “from home” at their local coffee shop now that many independent chains are forced to erect signs gently reminding these Wi-fi hogs to, y’know, buy another cup o’joe now and again.
John Walsh gives a summary of the talks at the Bath Literary festival
Danny Boyle's triumphant Olympic opening ceremony has been hailed as one of the most inspiring TV moments of all time second only to the moon landing, according to an audience survey.
Jamie Oliver is celebrating a third successive year with the best-selling Christmas book after his 15-Minute Meals title again topped the festive chart.
With yearly estimated earnings of more than $90 million, prolific writer James Patterson is by far the highest earning author in the world but women are gaining ground, according to Forbes.com.
EL James's Fifty Shades trilogy has outsold JK Rowling's seven-book Harry Potter series on Amazon's UK site.
She has fired the imagination of millions of young readers across the world with her tales of the boy wizard Harry Potter and his fantastical battles against the evil Lord Voldemort.
X marks the spot for JK Rowling's first book since she called time on the Harry Potter saga.
Thousands of sixth-formers take on dissertations and community work to impress admissions staff
The Mr Men are celebrating their 40th birthday today.
Readers review this week's big film
Magical end to franchise that cast its spell on cinema for a decade
Forget Harry Potter – Kinney's books have sold more than 50 million copies and spawned a major film franchise. James Mottram meets him
Coffee shops are the unofficial offices of an army of modern workers thanks to free wi-fi, good company and caffeine on tap. But, says David Crookes, cafes have been places of business for centuries
Diana Wynne Jones was one of this country's most talented and inventive writers of speculative fiction. In a career spanning four decades she influenced generations of readers, including many who went on to become authors themselves, and displayed a range and originality in her approach to fantasy writing that made her unique among British novelists.
Wizards and enchanters who have brought magic to millions, from the tales of King Arthur to the million-selling books of CS Lewis, Sir Terry Pratchett and JK Rowling, feature in Magical Realms, a new set of stamps from the Royal Mail.