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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Read an interview with Jamie Oliver on the inspiration behind his new book, Everyday Super Food.

Read an extract from Emmeline Pankhurst’s My Own Story, an inspiration for the film Suffragette.

In this month’s blog, Lucy Mangan muses on her tumultuous relationship with rhyming verse, from her father’s lyrical outbursts to her teenage poetic epiphany.

We agree wholeheartedly with Jane Austen – so in celebration of this year’s Books are My Bag campaign, which kicks off this Saturday 10th October, some of our most discerning Penguins have shared their favourite independent bookshops.

In a career spanning almost forty years, Transworld Publishing Director Sally Gaminara has worked with authors including Stephen Hawking, Richard Dawkins and Nick Robinson. Exclusively for Think Smarter, Sally reflects on the editing process.

An accomplished novelist and short story writer, and a professor of creative writing at the University of Warwick, A. L. Kennedy understands the perils of relying on real life to draw your fictional characters. In this extract from On Writing, Kennedy describes the responsibility of invading a reader’s space, and how not to fill your fiction with the ghosts of your past.