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Read interviews with Iain Banks and some of the capital's most talented new novelists, find out which literary events are on near you and contribute to our new never-ending story

  • A London story
    Toby Litt has written the first chapter of a chain story which will run in the Books section online and in Time Out magazine. We need you to write chapters two, three, four...

    Spring books preview
    The coming months see new novels from the likes of Chuck Palahniuk, Lionel Shriver and Ian McEwan. Here are our picks of the upcoming novels vying for a place in this spring's bestsellers list

    Latest book reviews
    Time Out's critics help you decide which new books are worth a read and which you should leave on the shelf.

    Literary events in London
    This is a good time of year for book and poetry festivals, whether you want to participate or sit back and be entertained. Check out what's on near you.

    London's hottest new writers
    Haven't heard of Jed Mercurio, Georgina Harding, Dajit Nagra or Xiaolu Guo? You will.

    Iain Banks interview
    At 52, Iain Banks has no intention of mellowing with age, but his new novel, 'The Steep Approach to Garbadale', is his strongest for years.

    London's small book publishers
    Discover the delicate charms of the capital's niche publishers and little literary imprints.

    Justin Cartwright interview
    We talk to Justin Cartwright about his new novel 'The Song Before It Is Sung', a compelling examination of the purpose and possibilites of liberalism in a time of horror.

    The future of books
    The photocopier-shaped Espresso Book Machine, which allows you to click a screen and, five or ten minutes later, hold in your hands a brand-new soft-cover tome, warm off the press.

    Art books round-up
    Time Out's art critics present a round-up of the best art books on the shelves at the moment.

    The decline of the celebrity sport biog
    ‘Cashley’, Lamps and Roon are being hammered in the Amazon sales rankings by Perry Groves. So has the big-money autobiography finally been kicked into touch?



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would love to see listings of London bookclubs - where are they ? I assume most clubs are informal and are not advertised but if anyone knows of any in Central London or in Clapham / Earlsfield / Southfield / Putney area it would be good to know !