The 'extraordinary' 686-page epic has been likened to a Quentin Tarantino film because of its violence and swearing
'I haven’t read anything that comes close to it this year - People’s responses are visceral'
Bookmakers have installed Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life as the favourite
Here is what The Independent's literary critics made of the remaining nominees
In our final selection of Christmas books for children, we examine the best titles for teens
Sky Arts' random-presenter-generating machine has thrown up an interesting pairing to front their new television competition show. Portrait Artist of the Year will be presented by veteran broadcaster Joan Bakewell and that er... renowned expert in fine art Frank Skinner. It's Bake-Off, but with painting, because apparently there is no hobby or artistic pursuit that won't do as the basis for a TV talent competition. Whatever next? A show about competitive stamp collecting presented by Kerry Katona and Alan Yentob? A taxidermy tournament with Mary Beard and Peter Andre? Let's hope so, because on the evidence of last night's episode these marriages of high and low culture can be surprisingly successful.
Find out what our critics said about each of the shortlisted novels
Writers of all nationalities will now be able to compete for the prestigious English-language literature prize
We know nothing of what goes on in Kate's mind - and shouldn't expect to
Novelist Julian Barnes has opened up about the pitfalls involved in writing about sex.
Hilary Mantel has promised to use her third instalment of her Thomas Cromwell trilogy to "bring it home in style".
Hilary Mantel is favoured to become the first woman to win the coveted Man Booker Prize for fiction twice, with her historical novel Bring Up the Bodies ahead of Will Self's Umbrella in the bookmakers' rankings.
Gabriel Byrne is set to star in a series of crime thrillers based on novels by Booker Prize winner John Banville.
Nina Bawden, the author of 48 books including the children's story Carrie's War, has died at the age of 87.