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
Wolf Hall is vast, Middlemarch vaster. Can they work on stage? All you need is an eye for drama, their adapters tell Matt Trueman – and three spare years
A bewitching graphic novel with alien landscapes and rich hues that speak of dreams and mystery, writes James Smart
Originally published under the pseudonym John Lange, this tomb-robbing caper feels old-fashioned but it still manages to thrill, writes James Smart
Irvine Welsh's tale of addiction in Leith voted best work from the last 50 years in poll run by Scottish Book Trust
Claire Armitstead: Getting rid of old favourites is easier said than done. What books would you find hard to part with?