Shortlists for the British Books Awards are filled with international writing in a time of “insular” politics.
Prolific writer Ann Cleeves has said the murder-and-punishment structure of crime fiction is reassuring in a time of political chaos.
Alan Partridge will deal with “difficult topics” like the Me Too movement and bereavement in his new series, according to the character’s creator Steve Coogan.
Tom Kerridge has said he misses the alcohol which made him dependent, but cannot return to the chaos of his drinking life.
Olympic diver Tom Daley has described how he held his father’s hand when he died, and said his death left him without his “biggest cheerleader”.
Desert Island Discs host Kirsty Young will be stepping away from the Radio 4 show for a “number of months” as she is suffering from a form of fibromyalgia.
Lauren Laverne has been announced as the new host of BBC Radio 6 Music’s Breakfast Show as part of the station’s schedule shake-up.