World book day is the 4th March 2021

Matilda and Wimpy Kids will top World Book Day costume charts

Matilda will be the most popular costume for World Book Day 2021, according to search trends.

Costumes for the character from the Roald Dahl favourite are the most searched for in the UK.

Miss Trunchball and Miss Honey from the book are also expected to be amongst the most popular.

The analysis, compiled by , reveals Diary of a Wimpy Kid follows...

Dame Esther Rantzen

Dame Esther Rantzen on the books she loves

With unexpected time on her hands due to the lockdown Dame Esther Rantzen is indulging in a ‘book-fest’.

The broadcaster and charity campaigner has re-organised her library – she’s given away hundreds of books – and is enjoying leisurely reading sessions at her home in the New Forest, Hampshire.

“I decided it was the perfect time to scale down my library and re-organise it....

Good reads in lockdown

Five new books to read in lockdown

Patrick Ness returns with a powerful story of a world that has dragons in it, and retired Met Police chief superintendent John Sutherland shares what he’s learned.


1. Looking For Eliza by Leaf Arbuthnot is published in hardback by Trapeze, priced £14.99 (ebook £7.99). Available now

It’s often hard to consider a book on its own merit when it’s potentially ‘...

Richard & Judy celebrity relationships

Richard and Judy say in all marriages things can get tense

Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan are used to being in each other’s pockets.

The husband-and-wife duo have worked together since they met in 1982 (they both worked for Granada Television at the time), including over a decade as the presenters of ITV hit This Morning.

So, they’re the perfect people to advise couples on how to cope whilst stuck together in lockdown, during the...

Culture. Books to read during lockdown

Five new books to read in lockdown

With lockdown only set to continue, bolster yourself with a few good reads…


1. Redhead By The Side Of The Road by Anne Tyler (Chatto & Windus, £14.99)

Pulitzer prize winner Anne Tyler’s latest novel focuses on “what goes through the mind of a man like Micah Mortimer”. Micah, an unabashed lover of routine, runs his own one-man IT business helping mostly-...

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In desperate need of a good book? Our suggestions for what to read next

If you’ve suddenly found yourself with a bit more time on your hands, now’s perfect for sinking your teeth into a new book.

There’s so much choice it’s often hard to know where to begin, which is why prizes like The British Book Awards – or Nibbies – are ideal inspiration.

The awards ceremony is now set for June 29. Philip Jones, editor of The Bookseller and chair of the...

Marian Keyes, culture, books

Author Marian Keyes on her travels to chilly locations and escapades around the world

Bestselling Irish novelist Marian Keyes, 56 – who has brought us love, laughter and all matters of the heart in her many novels, including Watermelon, Lucy Sullivan Is Getting Married, This Charming Man and The Break – has travelled the world on book tours, charity events and speaking engagements.

Her latest novel Grown Ups follows the trials and tribulations of an extended and...

Author Jojo Moyes

Jojo Moyes: My life in books

Jojo Moyes shot to fame with her hit novel Me Before You, which was made into a film starring Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin.

She now divides her time between writing novels and scriptwriting. Several of her other books, The Last Letter From Your Lover and The Horse Dancer, are currently being filmed, while her latest, The Giver Of Stars, has been optioned by Universal.


Six books about Harry and Meghan

Think you know everything there is to know about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle? Think again.

There’s a plethora of books out which attempt to analyse the minutiae of their lives – childhoods, relationships, characters, strengths and weaknesses and, of course, their love affair.

Curious? Read on...

1. Meghan: A Hollywood Princess by Andrew Morton (Michael O’Mara, £...

Mariella Frostrup: The books that shaped my life

TV and radio presenter Mariella Frostrup is renowned for both her knowledge and love of books. As well as hosting Radio Four's Open Book and the popular podcast Books To Live By, she was recently on the judging panel of Amazon's Kindle Storyteller Award.

"I usually read around a book and a half a week because I have to know about them when I talk to authors for Open Book," she says...