The Sex Lives of English Women tells the individual stories of twenty-four women, including a covered Muslim, a polyamorist, and a sexual healer. Wendy Jones writes about the response the book has had from readers

Don't go to Vegas, is one of the pieces of advice to be found in I Don't Like Where This is Going, the newest crime caper from John Dufresne.

From Garth Greenwald to Emma Cline via Jenny Diski and B.S. Johnson, here's what we at Serpent's Tail will be reading in hammocks once summer arrives, and before then, on the sofa with a hot water bottle.


New releases


Watch Mary Gaitskill read from her highly-acclaimed new novel, The Mare.

We love this video, recorded in 1993, of Eileen Myles reading 'An American Poem', which is included in I Must Be Living Twice


The new stars of Gothic Fiction : Sarah Perry and Cecilia Ekbäck in St Andrews We are thrilled to welcome two authors at the forefront of contemporary fiction, Cecilia Ekbäck and Sarah Perry. Ekbäck and Perry will be introducing their sensational new historical novels In the Month of the Midnight Sun and The Essex Serpent. Both have at their core an intriguing exploration of the thrilling and often mysterious relationship between science and faith, scepticism and superstition. Perfect for lovers of Jessie Burton and Sarah Waters, these novels are steeped in history, delicate and charming in the way they weave plot and character.