The best pirate themed books

Avast, me beauties, as the Book Doctor whistles to her parrot and rounds up the most brilliant books to fire up a wannabe pirate’s imagination

Ali Smith webchat – as it happened

The dazzling storytelling of Ali Smith has just landed her a third shortlisting for the Man Booker prize, with a novel that plays fast and loose with narrative convention. She joined us to answer your questions – on everything from the meaning of ducks to the power of the physical book