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
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
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
Steeped in the history of the American south, this debut novel is Faulkneresque fiction at its best, writes Tom Cox
A rich story of deception and debauchery provides a dazzling recreation of 18th-century London, writes Stephanie Merritt
An unusual supernatural story impresses Mary Hoffman
Elaine Showalter on a black comedy about ageing and Alzheimer's, finds Elaine Showalter
Sarah Moss Sarah Moss takes a whimsical Icelandic journey
A bewitching graphic novel with alien landscapes and rich hues that speak of dreams and mystery, writes James Smart