Fatima Bhutto, scion of the political dynasty, talks to Elizabeth Day about her first novel and 'the ghosts of history'
From Lionel Shriver on older brothers to the latest Donna Tartt, Viv Groskop picks the best fiction in the 'year of the doorstop'
A fan of Disney's Mary Poppins as an eight-year-old, Kathryn Hughes was given PL Travers's book. But she found it dull, odd and severely lacking in dancing penguins. As Saving Mr Banks arrives in cinemas, she re-encounters a classic story
This week Alice Munro will receive the Nobel prize for literature. Lisa Allardice, who met Munro in Canada after the publication of her collection The View from Castle Rock, asks her about the dividing line between life and work
The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair, which topped book charts across Europe, set for English publication in 2014
Richard Lea: Do serious novels really have to be so bleak?
Six shortlisted authors' stories available anonymously to download and consider
Moira Redmond: Underwear provides some useful underwiring in a surprising number of stories, though only rarely for men
From serial killers to tartan noir, Laura Wilson rounds up the pick of the crop
There were mighty tomes from Donna Tartt and Eleanor Catton, pastiches for lovers of Bond and Wodehouse, and a final novel from Iain Banks. We look back at the year's big hitters
From Margaret Atwood's MaddAddam to Stephen King's Doctor Sleep, Adam Roberts rounds up the best science fiction of the year
The future prime minister displayed flashes of brilliance that equalled the greatest Victorian novelists, writes Robert McCrum
The daughter of novelist Maggie Gee tells Lindsay Baker about her coming-of-age tale set on the island of Sark
An unnamed woman embarks on a wintry road trip with a deaf-mute child and a 'pet butterfly' in this evocative, humorous novel, writes Anita Sethi