If you are reading this, I can assume that you are, rather than a casual punter, an evolved reader, and that you are not one for whom I need to explain what one of the most talked-about and biggest book of the year is about. Read more

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Serena Frome (rhymes with ‘plume’) is a beautiful Cambridge mathematics graduate, who, after a brief affair with a professor, is, through him, recruited by MI5. Read more

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Hilary Mantel’s big crossover success was Wolf Hall, her Man Booker-winning historical novel with Thomas Cromwell at its heart. That was a 532-page doorstopper, the big book that publishers and agents – and readers and prize judges, as it turned out – love, a crossover success for a literary writer who had been publishing for decades. Read more

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