‘I am not ashamed to own that I think this rude bard of the North the greatest Poet that has ever existed,’ US founding father Thomas Jefferson wrote of the blind 3rd century Scottish poet Ossian, who was almost certainly made up in the 18th century
Being a modern gentleman is about more than just knowing what to wear or what to put in your bathroom. It's also about being informed about the world around you.
Train operator SNCF wants passengers to experience 'a journey before the journey' - at no charge
The tiny bookstore store on Paris’s Left Bank has hosted some of literature’s most revered figures
'In this sense, we claim that books – like diamonds – are forever'
There is rising interest in live literary experiences such as poetry slams, but the most influential literary festival needs to widen its appeal
Are you someone who refuses to believe the theory that “print is dead”? Who always makes room in a suitcase for a paperback? Who finds it easy to spend more time at a charmingly ramshackle bookstore than a crowded tourist attraction? You're not alone.
Diski documented her experience of living with cancer in a whimsical and honest serialised column
Greenwell tells us a lot about the world and about ourselves through the story of his unnamed narrator
This thoughtful, very accessible novel has a lot to say
The distinguished novelist was not so much a tortured artist, as a stoically unhappy one, or so she let us think...
Shakespeare in Swahililand guides us through a number of significant Shakespeare sightings in East Africa since the mid-19th century
Midway through John le Carré’s The Night Manager (1993), the British intelligence services stage a mock kidnapping as a training exercise, building a fake restaurant staffed with actors and hiring a couple of professional New York gangsters to play the toughs.
The Brilliant & Forever is a weird, original and moving book about a literary festival on an unnamed Scottish island where everyone is an aspiring writer, including the talking alpacas
One of the few things we know about Martin is that his heart was broken by his “Slavic goddess” ex-girlfriend
This book, Bakewell suggests, also functions as a sort of café where intellectuals continually pop in and out