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sisterland-coverRichard & Judy have revealed their picks for the WH Smith 2014 Book Club. Included in the list are Jodi Picoult’s The Storyteller, Graeme Simsion’s The Rosie Project, Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld, Koethi Zan’s The Never List, Sian Busby’s A Commonplace Killing, Jo Baker’s Longbourn, Becky Masterman’s Rage Against the Dying and Louise Doughty’s Apple Tree Yard. This will be narrowed to a shortlist in March.

Following the success of the released-just-in-time-for-Christmas autobiography, musician Morrissey is now planning on penning a fiction novel for publication. Although there have been no announcements made from publishers regarding a deal for the novel, Morrissey claimed on a fan website to already be halfway through writing it.

Want to know which of your favourite books are heading to the big screen this year? Look no further than this plentiful selection – Book Adaptations 2014. Just to name a few: Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl directed by David Fincher and starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, as well as her novel Dark Places starring Charlize Theron, Veronica Roth’s dystopian novel Divergent, Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy, John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars and an adaptation of Emile Zola’s classic novel Thérèse Raquin.

Author Elizabeth Jane Howard, best known for writing the series of books based around the Cazalet family, died on 2nd January aged 90.

With many people now back at school and work following a nice bit of time off, it is time to, sadly, switch our brains back on and welcome the New Year. What better way to fight away the holiday fogginess than some selected literary riddles: Literary puzzles

Finally, Guardian Books have now reached number 16 in their 100 best novels list. The list has reached the middle of the nineteenth century with Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter (1850).

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