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Independent bookshops on the rise for the second year running

The numbers defy larger trends, as UK retailers faced their worst Christmas in 10 years

The 40 best books to read before you die

Losing yourself in a great novel is one of life’s joys. Here our critics Ceri Radford and Chris Harvey pick the books you need to read

JK Rowling slates Corbyn's Brexit strategy in series of tweets

 ‘I have, for all my life, voted Labour, yet now I cannot,' she wrote in faux-biblical style

Bad Sex in Fiction Award: James Frey 'honoured' to win 2018 title

Jurors said Frey won 'by virtue of the sheer number and length of dubious erotic passages in his book'

Reading George RR Martin's new book Fire and Blood feels like homework

Martin appears to have made the assumption that historical writing should be dry and clinical, but fans will likely be left frustrated with this extensive, exhaustive history of the Targaryen family and their dragons