Disposable Diaries: Willy Vlautin

Our latest ‘Disposable Diaries’ comes from Willy Vlautin, author of The Motel Life, Northline, Lean on Pete and The Free. His writing is often praised for giving a voice to…

Andrew Wilson and the Thriller Queens

Hercule Poirot and Tom Ripley. At first sight, the retired Belgian detective and the gentleman psychopath have little in common: Poirot solves crimes, Ripley…

Otegha Uwagba: Going it Alone

Entrepreneur and career oracle Otegha Uwagba talks to Jennifer Hahn about going freelance, the importance of having a uniform and why you should ask strangers about…

Entertainment Weekly: Meet Daisy Johnson

Daisy Johnson makes the old so fresh, it feels raw. In her debut novel, Everything Under, the English author retells the Oedipus myth — that icky man-kills-his-father-and-marries-his-mother story —…

Jo Baker to publish new novel with Transworld

Transworld has acquired a new, contemporary novel by Jo Baker, author of Longbourn and A Country Road, A Tree, about a female creative writing school tutor whose relationship with an…

New Mark Haddon novel set for May 2019

  Vintage imprint Chatto & Windus will next year publish Mark Haddon’s first novel in seven years – The Porpoise, an “ambitious and dazzling” novel based…

The Observer Interviews A.N. Wilson

AN Wilson is a prize-winning novelist (My Name Is Legion, Winnie and Wolf, The Potter’s Hand); a biographer whose subjects have included John Betjeman and Queen Victoria; and a…

Film review: Lean on Pete

This ambitious Homeric journey has the substance and emotional heft to be considered a masterpiece.  Read more here.

Observer Interview with Diana Evans

Diana Evans’s new novel Ordinary People is a soulful portrait of family life as Obama came to power. She talks motherhood, her chair-buying habit and…

Elise Valmorbida is a Woman of Liberty

  Mary McCartney’s portraits of eight women were unveiled on International Women’s Day 2018. Award-winning and critically acclaimed author and independent film producer. She…

2018 in Books

  The Guardian has chosen Pat Barker’s The Silence of the Girls (Hamish Hamilton), Sebastian Faulks’ Paris Echo (Hutchinson) and Mohammed Hanif’s Red Birds…

Ayòbámi Adébáyò

  We are delighted to announce that Sarah Jessica Parker has picked Ayobami Adebayo’s STAY WITH ME  for the American Library Association’s Book Club Central…

LEAN ON PETE film news

We are thrilled to announce that Andrew Haigh’s adaptation of Willy Vlautin’s novel Lean on Pete has premiered at Venice Film Festival in competition today (Sept 1)…

Gillon Aitken

It is with deep sadness we announce that, after a period of ill health, Gillon Aitken has died peacefully this morning. A towering figure…

The 9th Life of Louis Drax Trailer

      Lionsgate has released a trailer for Alexandre Aja’s upcoming thriller based on Liz Jensen’s best-selling novel and starring Aaron Paul, Sarah Gadon and Jamie…

A Writer’s Room: Mark Haddon

The novelist on his basement office in Oxford, England, where he wrote some of his forthcoming collection, “The Pier Falls and Other Stories.”

Room Service

An assassination attempt on Margaret Thatcher inspires a masterly novel

The activist and the murderer

Justine van der Leun on the unlikely partnership between the apartheid regime’s most infamous killer and the woman searching for his victims’ remains.

A Political Romance

Daisy Hay’s essay on how the marriage of Benjamin and Mary Anne Disraeli broke every rule in the book

A Broadway Triumph

The theatre adaptation of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time opens in New York to fantastic reviews

Hail Mary Softball

Tara Clancy on her ragtag Queens softball team and their ultimate desperation play


One of the most thrilling and unpredictable rock bands ever?


How Edward St. Aubyn made literature out of a poisoned legacy

Alan Johnson

‘I thought I was writing something people would appreciate’


Andreas Campomar Picks His Favourite Latin American Goals