Homes picked up the Women’s Prize for 'May We Be Forgiven'

Women's Prize for Fiction 2013: Hilary Mantel denied literary hat-trick as American author AM Homes takes the crown

Hilary Mantel has been denied a literary hat-trick, after American author AM Homes staged an upset to win the Women’s Prize for Fiction.

A cut above: How barbers are making a high street comeback

The triumphant return of the short back and sides as the hairstyle of choice for Britain’s top male celebrities has helped boost the number of barber shops across the country.

Mohammed Hamid, described as 'dangerously charming', progressed from shoplifting to turning young men into jihadists

Mohamed Hamid: From petty criminal to tutor of terrorists

Preacher, described as ‘dangerously charming’, progressed from shoplifting to turning young men into jihadists

Former Beatle Ringo Starr is to publish a book of his own photos.

Ringo Starr publishes book of unseen photos of The Beatles

Former Beatle Ringo Starr is to publish a book of his own photos, including previously unseen images of the Fab Four.

Georges Moustaki: Musician who wrote some of Piaf's most enduring songs

The singer-songwriter Georges Moustaki, who died on 23 May at the age of 79, described himself as a "wandering Jew" and a "Greek shepherd" in his signature song "Le Métèque", French slang for a mongrel, writes Pierre Perrone. Moustaki's nonchalant delivery and the diverse nature of the 300-plus chansons he composed for Edith Piaf, Juliette Gréco, Dalida and Françoise Hardy mirrored the easy-going, multicultural lifestyle of his native Alexandria, where his Corfiot parents ran a bookshop.

The Business Matrix: Wednesday 22 May 2013

Peppa to bring home more bacon

Third-party traders on Amazon are not happy at the new seller fees

The great tax charade: Amazon plays the system while businesses like ours suffer

Clearly, Amazon do their business here. So they should pay tax here too

Dan Brown's Inferno: Dante-inspired book set for release day bonanza

Dan Brown's Inferno: Publishers poised for biggest-sales since Harry Potter as Da Vinci Code author's latest Robert Langdon story hits shelves

The Dante Alighieri-inspired novel is already Amazon's top-selling book despite not being available until tomorrow

Between the Covers 12/05/2013

Your weekly guide to what's really going on in the world of books

Author E L James is looking to adapt her best-selling erotic novel, Fifty Shades of Grey, for the big screen

Fifty Shades of success for British publishing as e-readers spark 2012 sales boom

Ebooks are not killing the publishing industry as feared by analysts. Quite the opposite, in fact, according to the latest sales figures which show the publishing industry in Britain is booming.

New partnership provides free eReaders for schools most in need

Primary school pupils struggling to read will be given a boost by a new partnership which will bring 1,000 free eReaders into schools.

Gang members in plot to murder English Defence League supporters used dark and seedy gym that became hangout of choice for Birmingham-based jihadists

The six bomb plotters trained at a dark and seedy gym that has proved to be the hangout of choice for Birmingham-based jihadists.

Bringing Amazon to book: 160,000 sign independent shops petition amid tax anger

World's largest online retailer under renewed pressure to pay corporation tax in Britain

Green scene: Clouds shroud the woods of Motovun in Istria

Independent on Sunday travel writing competition: Write your way to an inspirational week in Croatia

We have once again joined forces with Bradt Travel Guides  to offer readers the chance to win our travel-writing competition, with a top prize this year of a holiday for two to the Croatian region of Istria. PLUS have your winning story published in 'The Independent on Sunday' and Independent.co.uk

Fighting prejudice: author Zadie Smith

Women writers in the ascendant in Granta's once-a-decade Best of Young British Novelists list

The future of women’s fiction looks bright as the once-a-decade list of best young British authors was dominated, for the first time in its 40-year history, by female authors.

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