16 Feb 2018 - 06:02

Jane Lythell worked as a television producer and commissioning editor before becoming Deputy Director of the BFI and Chief Executive of BAFTA. Her latest novel, Behind Her Back, lifts the lid on the glamorous world of television.

For six years I worked for TV-am, the company that broadcast Good Morning Britain. We launched in 1983 with our ‘Famous Five’ presenters which included Anna Ford, Angela Rippon and David Frost.

It was the birth of breakfast TV in the UK and absolute chaos at the start. We had tiny ratings and managers were in a blind panic and turned vicious. A blame culture prevailed with editors shrieking at journalists. During this phase loyalty counted for nothing. It was a case of each person fighting to survive and some people battled their way to the top while others couldn’t take it and left the station.
15 Feb 2018 - 06:02
The era of the yummy mummy has finally gone and in order to celebrate this, Shari Low has taken a baby wipe to the glossy veneer of the school of perfect parenting and written Because I Said So to show us the truth about motherhood in all of its sleep-deprived, frazzled glory. This is a book that every experienced, new or soon-to-be parent will relate to – well, hallelujah and praise be those who worship at the temple of Febreze.
Read on for an exclusive extract
13 Feb 2018 - 06:02

Min Jin Lee is the author of Pachinko and Free Food for Millionaires. A first-generation Korean American, she writes about the experience of Korean immigrants in Japan and the United States in her novels. This article first appeared in The Guardian.

With the Winter Olympics in full swing, the big story is the Koreans, in particular the presence in Pyeongchang of Kim Jong-un’s younger sister. It is said that analysts have been scrutinising Kim Yo-jong’s hair, makeup, dress, cheekbones, everything in microcosm. But few know very much about any of us.

12 Feb 2018 - 06:02

The former great powers of the historic ‘West’ – especially Britain, the USA and France – seem to be abandoning the wisdom of maturity for senile daydreams of recovered youth. Along the way they are stirring up old hatreds, giving disturbing voice to destructive rage, and risking the collapse of their capacity for decisive, effective and just governance. At the core of this dangerous turn is an abandonment of political attention to history, understood as a clear empirical grounding in how we reached our present condition. Historical stories are deployed in public debate as little more than dangerous fantasies.


Cultural Dementia is a blistering assessment by David Andress, one of Britain's leading historians of the age of revolutions, showing how the West has abandoned its history and lost its bearings and its memory.

08 Feb 2018 - 12:02

That Girl by Kate Kerrigan is published today in hardback!

From award winning author of It was Only Ever You, That Girl pulls readers straight into swinging 60s London, and has been described as the author's best book yet. 

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07 Feb 2018 - 06:02
Victor Lodato's Edgar and Lucy is a family epic and a gripping mystery that has already begun to capture the hearts and minds of its readers. Read on for an exclusive extract. 
Eight-year-old Edgar remembers nothing of the terrible accident people still whisper about. He only knows his father is dead, his mother has a limp, and his grandmother believes in ghosts. When Edgar meets a man with his own tragic story, the boy begins a journey into a secret wilderness where nothing is clear - even the line between the living and the dead. 
05 Feb 2018 - 06:02
A year since a rogue government agent systematically crippled the family’s criminal empire, leaving two of his brothers dead, Sheriff Clayton Burroughs  is broken and haunted by wounds that may never heal, and Bull Mountain is vulnerable and ripe for predators. 
The death of a boy belonging to a rival clan brings the wolves straight to Clayton’s door. Now he'll need to call on his bloody family legacy if he wants to save his family, and his mountain, from the destruction that awaits.
Read on for an exclusive extract from Like Lions by Brian Panowich.
31 Jan 2018 - 04:01

The March issue of SFX is out now, and it's a special books issue, including interviews with Head of Zeus authors Cixin Liu (Remembrance of Earth's Past and The Wandering Earth) and Adrian Tchaikovsky (Dogs of War). A full-page advert also runs in the magazine, championing the brilliant Head of Zeus science fiction list, and our brand new special signed limited edition of Cixin Liu's Remembrance of Earth's Past.

29 Jan 2018 - 06:01

We've all spotted a good-looking stranger or two on the morning commute, but how many of us have ever taken the chance and done something about it? Twelve years ago Zoë Folbigg did exactly that, slipping a note to Mark, her #TrainMan. Today they're happily married with two children, and Zoë has written a heart-warming novel based on her real-life fairy tale. 

26 Jan 2018 - 12:01


To celebrate Australia Day, we have an excerpt from Kate Young's The Little Library Cookbook...


25 Jan 2018 - 04:01

Every year on the 25th January, we celebrate the birth of Scotland's national poet, Robert Burns, in Ayrshire in 1759. A poet, musician and prolific lover, Burns' tribute is paid in the sharing of a meal with loved ones, songs and great words.

If you're searching for inspiration for a guid reid to honour the Bard of Ayrshire, look no further. Whether it's something to share at supper or just a story to devour in solitude with a piece of shortbread, we've got you covered.

22 Jan 2018 - 06:01
Michael Andreasen's debut collection of short stories, The Sea Beast Takes a Lover, romps through the lunatic and surreal with a tender generous ease with a joyous absurdity to each premise. 
This extremely funny, very weird, brilliantly constructed set of stories, from an exciting young writer is out in hardback and ebook in March. Read on for an exclusive extract.
18 Jan 2018 - 06:01

Breakout at Stalingrad is the original version of Heinrich Gerlach's classic novel of the epic World War II battle, confiscated by the Russian secret services in 1949, and now rediscovered in the Russian archives.

Finally available in its original form in English for the first time, Gerlach's magnus opus has attracted praise from the British press.