Hidden gems of 2016: great reads you may have missed
From AJ Lees’s extraordinary memoir Mentored By a Madman to Fiona Melrose’s Midwinter and Julie Myerson’s chiller The Stopped Heart, our critics recommend the reads that slipped under the radar
Will Self: Are humans evolving beyond the need to tell stories?
Neuroscientists who insist technology is changing our brains may have it wrong. What if we are switching from books to digital entertainment because of a change in our need to communicate?
How family tragedy turned Roald Dahl into a medical pioneer
After his wife’s stroke and his daughter’s death from measles, Roald Dahl applied his genius to medicine – making extraordinary breakthroughs. His doctor and friend recalls what he learned while treating the author in the last year of his life