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10 novels to help you beat the January blues

An uplifting selection of novels, from ‘Mansfield Park’ to Adrian Mole, to give you solace this month

Can ‘pop-lit’ give the literary classics a run for their money?

In the traditional pantheon of ‘great literature’ there is no room for authors such as Maeve Binchy and Len Deighton, whose rollicking reads meet with mass-market appeal but critical snobbery. Self-confessed history man Robert Fisk questions why their work should suffer in comparison

100 years of JD Salinger: The world's most famous literary hermit

As the centenary of celebrated author JD Salinger rolls around, Martin Chilton explains why the literary hermit behind 'Catcher in the Rye' would reject such a celebration

Acclaimed Israeli author Amos Oz has died aged 79

Oz, who wrote novels, prose and a widely acclaimed memoir, had reportedly been suffering from cancer

The best new Christmas books, from Michelle Obama to George RR Martin

Man Booker and Waterstones awards winners up against high-profile memoirs and favourite pulp writers in battle for festive sales

Charles Dickens' 10 best novels

Victorian novelist offers wealth of unforgettable characters and some of the most pointed satire on British society and manners ever committed to paper

Enid Blyton 50 years on: Let’s be more critical about classic books

In 2008, Blyton was voted Britain’s best-loved author. But we should remember that sexism, racism, snobbery and xenophobia all featured in her children’s books, says Ceri Radford