• Dearth of a Black salesman

    Rochelle Dowden-Lord

    For one of my final school essays, I chose to analyse a whisper of a book. Upon confirming my choice, I found out that my... Read more

  • Opinion: Reaching Black readers

    Bengono Bessala

    The marketing of books to readers of colour is often restricted to titles by writers of similar backgrounds, but who ‘the reader’ is must be... Read more

  • What the Black Writers’ Guild did next

    Elijah Lawal

    One of the things that Black people know to be true is that when we lift up our voices to celebrate our joy, share our... Read more

  • Cheers to the new vanguard

    Sir Lenny Henry

    The children’s books I was raised on, and decades later those I read with my own kids, spoke little to the world I knew—and that... Read more

  • Where are all the Black editors?

    Jasmine Richards

    This piece was going to be about the art of editing and how vital this is for career progression. It was going to talk about... Read more

  • Power trumps representation

    Marianne Tatepo Guest editor

    The Black Issue is about just that: the power of diasporic collaboration and the multitudes of Blackness. It is a celebration of difference without the... Read more

  • States of mind

    Tessa McWatt Professor of Creative Writing at UEA

    A recent commission concluded that there is no institutional racism in the UK. This astonishing, gaslighting declaration underscores a realisation I had a few... Read more

  • An open letter to Kwasi Kwarteng

    Richard Charkin Founder of Mensch Publishing

    Dear Secretary of State, Congratulations on the new(ish) job. What a mouthful – Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy – and what... Read more

  • Yinka, where is your editor? Part 5

    Lizzie Damilola Blackburn and Katy Loftus Author and editor at Penguin Books

    Debut author of Yinka, Where is Your Huzband, Lizzie Damilola Blackburn, and her editor Katy Loftus at Penguin, dish the dirt on the reality behind the... Read more

  • Beyond London

    Katy LoftusEditor at Penguin Books

    I wanted to leave London ever since I got there at 26. Yep, I’m ashamed to admit it, but it’s true. For years I tried... Read more

  • Computer says no

    Raphael Tsavkko Garcia Journalist

    Not having a book on Amazon’s virtual shelves is close to never having been published. Even with such power on its hands, the company does... Read more

  • Lockdown reading: the lowdown

    Ayub Khan Head of Warwickshire Libraries

    As early as May 2020 a Nielsen Book survey reported that 41% of UK adults were reading more during the coronavirus pandemic, almost doubling the... Read more

  • News that stays news

    John Mitchinson Publisher at Unbound

    For Christmas 1972, I was given a present that changed the way I viewed the world. It was a folder of facsimile documents called Tutankhamun... Read more

  • Fight, fight, fight

    By Philip Jones

    Editor at The Bookseller

    For a while last year I became obsessed by the number 11. Read more

  • The magic of the marginal

    Hannah Westland Publisher at Serpent’s Tail

    Serpent’s Tail turns 35 this year. And while it is surely time for us to accept that we are no longer the moody teenager of... Read more

The Official UK CHART

  1. 1.
    A Song for the Dark Times
    by Ian Rankin
  2. 2.
    Because of You
    by Dawn French
  3. 3.
    The Mirror and the Light
    by Hilary Mantel
  4. 4.
    Shuggie Bain
    by Douglas Stuart
  5. 5.
    Daughters of Cornwall
    by Fern Britton
  6. 6.
    by Maggie O'Farrell
  7. 7.
    The Midnight Library
    by Matt Haig
  8. 8.
    The Power Of Hope
    by Kate Garraway
  9. 9.
    The Kingdom
    by Jo Nesbo
  10. 10.
    The Vanishing Half
    by Brit Bennett