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The New Year brings resolutions, fresh new starts and of course, never-before-read books for your bookshelf. Whether you want to discover your new favourite author, devour a thrilling new crime novel or enjoy a new voice in Young Adult fiction, these are the big debuts of 2016 for your reading list.

Svetlana Alexievich

Praised for her “polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time”, Svetlana Alexievich won the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature, and delivered her Nobel lecture on Monday at the Swedish Academy in Stockholm. You can read the lecture in full here.

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In this extract, we’re introduced to a couple of the characters that feature throughout the five interlinked stories that make up Number 11 –  a biting satire on modern day London, taking aim at austerity, iceberg houses, social media and the social classes.

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The festive season is upon us, and you’re no doubt compiling your own naughty and nice lists, and if you’re anything like us, you’ll want to pop a few book-shaped presents under the tree. We’ll be bringing you our favourite titles that we know your family and friends will love, so you can relax with […]

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Writer and word explorer Andrew Taylor is the author of The Greeks Had a Word For It. Exclusively for Think Smarter, Andrew shares some of his favourite words from around the world, for when English doesn’t quite cut it…

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Edited and introduced by novelist and journalist Philip Hensher, The Penguin Book of the British Short Story celebrates the diversity and energy of British writers. In this extract, Hensher introduces the collection.

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Long have authors had their stories reimagined by the magic of lighting, actors and mise en scène. From To Kill a Mockingbird to the recently released Suffragette, film adaptations have always made for gripping films, and here, we look at the latest books to come to the big screen.