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The 40 best books to read before you die

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 world's most beautiful libraries

Even if you're not a book lover, these photos will make you want to save your local library

Enid Blyton's 10 finest children's books

Prolific author often attacked for conservative values and limited prose but works actually reveal immense versatility and invention

Late in the Day review: A nuanced account of social class

The author’s compelling new novel begins with a tragedy, and explores the shifting needs and desires of two married couples

Undiscovered Merlin and King Arthur tale fragments found in Bristol

The fragments could potentially be part of the version of the Vulgate Cycle that Sir Thomas Malory used as a source for Le Morte D'Arthur