How does a writer become a figure of cultish renown?

We should pay attention to Katherine Mansfield and Elizabeth von Arnim

The acclaimed novelist harboured dreams of writing verse

DJ Taylor’s new collection of short stories

What happened to robust — and, yes, rude — literary criticism?

What does it take for an author to become idolised way beyond their literary merit?

There’s much that can go wrong when the drama of a book is transferred to the stage

Why is the publishing industry so obsessed with debuts?

Stephen May’s new novel is a triumph of historical fiction

In discussion with novelist Amanda Craig about her latest book