Too frail to fly to Stockholm, the writer has substituted an interview on prize website for the traditional acceptance speech
It's not hard to identify the writers who inspired the fruity passions and overripe descriptions in Stella Gibbons' novel
As we finally come face to face with Tolkien's Smaug on the big screen, Philip Hoare sets off in search of the greatest of all mythical creatures – from the satanic lizards of the Bible to the Jungian monster within us all
Claire Armitstead kicks off a series on writers and readers' favourite books to curl up with on biting winter nights
Novelist says he 'can't think of a thing to say' but nonetheless acquires 170,000 followers in three days
Charlotte Brontë's erotic masterpiece became a sensation in Victorian England. Its great strength was its intimate dialogue with the reader, explains Robert McCrum
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
Author of The City of Devi wins Literary Review prize thanks to threesome set in nuclear-threatened Mumbai'God won't punish you': read extracts from the bad sex nominees
Novelist wins free speech charity's prize soon after contentious resignation as its president
At an appropriately chilly time of year, we're going to be taking a close look at 'something narsty in the woodshed'
Renewed popularity of 1965 novel by the late John Williams secures bookseller's award for standout novel of the year
Grab blanket and a cup of tea: we're kicking off winter reads with our pick for the cosiest book: S by JJ Abrams and Doug Dorst