Victor Hugo's strange cure for writers block and 8 things you didn't know about him
Hugo first had the idea for a novel that explored injustice and social misery in the 1830s. Despite this early germination, a year after The Hunchback of Notre Dame was published, Les Miserables wouldn't be finished until 1862. The work is believed to have taken Hugo 17 years to write.
How the story of one family bookshop shows the true state of Britain's high streets
That might have been the story once upon a time. But today, the business of selling literature on the British high street looks somewhat different. Just ask the Segrue family who - after just 13 months - are being forced to shut the independent bookshop they had always dreamt of owning.
The best poetry books for Christmas
L-R: Say Something Back by Denise Riley, Falling Awake by Alice Oswald, Measures of Expatriation by Vahni Capildeo