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10 best gardening books: Make the most of your outside space

From beginners to seasoned vegetable patch growers, improve your green-fingered skills with these useful guides

These are the books everyone’s buying during the pandemic

‘The Big Book of Silly Jokes for Kids’ is at the top of the list

The 40 best books to read while you’re self-isolating

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

The history of giving books as gifts at Christmas

Books have always made great gifts. But what makes them so special, aside from their being easy to wrap, asks Leah Henrickson

How can we talk to children about the climate crisis?

The climate crisis is raging through children’s literature like a forest fire, writes Nicola Skinner. But how do we talk about the damage done to the planet by humanity, without making children distrust that humanity?

Long Reads

Erica Wickerson Brexit isn’t a new idea, just ask Dickens

How does culture sort out the bloody mess of social, political and geographical divisions? Politicians and bureaucrats don’t have the answer. The man down the pub doesn’t have the answer. So maybe it’s time we look to literature, writes Erica Wickerson

Long Reads

David Barnett How Game of Thrones achieved world domination

HBO’s hit series has become a household name, but how did the books come into being? ‘I had never read anything quite like it,’ Jane Johnson, the woman responsible for bringing them to the UK, tells David Barnett