There is more to Daniel Defoe than Moll Flanders and Robinson Crusoe

His disturbing debut, The Wasp Factory, is being reissued this year

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