Authors – Jane Austen – 16 Dec 1775 – 18 July 2017

      Jane Austen banknote unveiled – with strange choice of quotation Bank of England launches new £10 note featuring a line about reading – said by a character who doesn’t care for books The new £10 note featuring Jane Austen has been unveiled on the 200th anniversary of the author’s death, complete with a quote…

Authors – The Guardian – Tim LaHaye obituary

Minister of religion and writer who was a significant figure in the foundation of the religious right in the US Tim LaHaye’s Left Behind series sold at least 70m copies. Photograph: David Howells/Corbis via Getty Images Stephen Bates Thursday 28 July 2016 16.50 BSTLast modified on Thursday 28 July 201616.53 BST The American Baptist fundamentalist Tim LaHaye,…

Authors – The Guardian – Death of Margaret Forster

Margaret Forster obituary Writer best known for the novel Georgy Girl, Hidden Lives, a moving memoir about her own family, and her revealing biography of Daphne du Maurier Margaret Forster in 1973. Photograph: E Hamilton West for the Guardian   Ruth Gorb Monday 8 February 2016 16.41 GMT Last modified on Monday 8 February 2016 22.00 GMT…

Books UK – 4th Estate Re4dings

RE4DINGS The best way to get acquainted with a book is to hear it read aloud by its author. Not everyone can find the time to attend bookshop events and literary festivals, so we decided to bring you closer to our authors with our video series RE4DINGS. Inspired by the German website Zehnseiten, the series invites our authors to read…

Authors – The Bookseller – Alexievich wins Nobel Prize for Literature

Belarusian writer Svetlana Alexievich, 67, has won the Nobel Prize for Literature. The chair of the Swedish Academy, Sara Danius, said her polyphonic writings were “a monument to suffering and courage in our time.” Alexievich is recognised for her work chronicalling the lives and experiences of her fellow citizens in Belarus, Russia and the Ukraine, documenting events such as the the Chernobyl disaster and the…

Authors – Doris Lessing spied on by MI5

National Archives photo of Doris Lessing. Photograph: PA The Guardian MI5 spied on Doris Lessing for 20 years, declassified documents reveal The Independent Doris Lessing: Acclaimed novelist was kept under MI5 observation for 18 years, newly released papers show   The Telegraph MI5 spied on novelist Doris Lessing for decades, files disclose   BBC Doris…