Ian McEwan has always tempered his shocking stories with polished prose

A new book breathes new life into historical fiction

He made reading, and writing, fun

Henry Green had a strange and distinctive talent

A chronicler of the overlooked, she has at last got her just literary deserts

The author of a new novel about the Mona Lisa explores the history of the world’s most famous painting

John Self welcomes the reissue of three works by Brian Moore, one of Northern Ireland few novelists who can stand toe-to-toe with the contemporary greats

Nick Cohen has adopted a new workout: wrestling with a novel