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A recipe from Ruby Tandoh’s Cook As You Are

Have a go at these delicious storecupboard brownies.

3 books for Women in Translation Month

Discover three incredible books by women, translated into English.

Two new books coming from Catriona Ward

Discover the new books from the author of The Last House on Needless Street

All of You Every Single One: read an extract

Read the first chapter from Beatrice Hitchman's new novel

Heatwave Reading for Summer 2021

Celebrate the heatwave with a summer read

The Appeal is the Waterstones Thriller of the Month!

Discover the most innovative crime novel of the year

The Five Wounds: Indie Book of the Month

Read the opening of this unputdownable family tale.

Sea Change: read the opening

Read the opening of the new novel by the author of The Warlow Experiment.

Burley Fisher’s 10 Books for Independent Bookshop Week

Discover the ten books Burley Fisher picked for Independent Bookshop Week

Pop Song: read an extract

Read an extract of this inventive, exquisite memoir-in-essays by a blazing new talent, Larissa Pham

Serpent’s Tail x Burley Fisher for IBW + Pride Month

Join our Independent Bookshop Week activity with Burley Fisher

The Last Thing He Told Me: Q&A with Laura Dave

#1 NYT bestselling author Laura Dave discusses her ultimate page-turner, The Last Thing He Told Me

The Last Thing He Told Me is Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club Pick for May

Find out what Reese Witherspoon has to say about Laura Dave's The Last Thing He Told Me

Coming soon: Hervé Guibert’s To the Friend Who Did Not Save My Life

An autobiographical novel about queer friendship, gay life and the early days of the AIDS crisis

Libertie by Kaitlyn Greenidge: read the opening

Libertie is out on the 29th April.

#ChooseBookshops – Queer Bookshops to Buy From Today

Brilliant LGBTQ+ bookshops to shop at now bookshops are opening!

Detransition, Baby and the Women’s Prize: A thank you

Thank you for all your support.

Carmen Maria Machado wins the Rathbones Folio Prize

In the Dream House is Carmen Maria Machado's ground-breaking memoir.

New book coming from Karen Joy Fowler

Booth will be published in March 2022.

The Last House on Needless Street: Q&A with Catriona Ward

Author Catriona Ward discusses her gothic masterpiece, The Last House on Needless Street

Film Deal With Imaginarium For Catriona Ward’s Novel The Last House On Needless Street

Catriona Ward's novel The Last House On Needless Street lands film deal with Imaginarium Productions

Torrey Peters on the Women’s Prize 2021 Longlist

Detransition, Baby is one of the 16 books on the longlist.

Happy 35th birthday to Serpent’s Tail!

We teamed up with Literary Friction podcast for a 35th birthday episode

Modern heroines for International Women’s Day 2021

Meet our unforgettable heroines

Call Me Mummy: Q&A with Tina Baker

Author Tina Baker discusses her new novel, Call Me Mummy

Announcing Kaitlyn Greenidge’s LIBERTIE

This stunning novel is coming in April 2021.

The Essex Serpent Apple TV series coming 2022

Claire Danes cast as Cora

In the Dream House shortlisted for Folio Prize

Carmen Maria Machado's groundbreaking memoir is one of eleven on the shortlist.

Under the Blue: read an extract

Read an extract from Under the Blue

Five Books for Your 2021 LGBTQ+ History Month TBR

Discover five books for LGBTQ History Month

Read Like a Writer podcast – Season 2

Our podcast with Faber and Canongate is back!

Announcing Oana Aristide’s Under the Blue

Coming in March 2021, a powerful, apocalyptic road trip novel.

Detransition, Baby: Read an extract

To mark Trans Awareness Month, we're sharing a chapter from Torrey Peters' Detransition, Baby.

Black History Month spotlight: Alain Mabanckou

For Black History Month, we're turning the spotlight on our incredible black authors and their work.

Black History Month Spotlight: Lola Shoneyin

For Black History Month, we're turning the spotlight on our incredible black authors and their work.


Black History Month Spotlight: Langston Hughes

For Black History Month, we're turning the spotlight on our incredible black authors and their work.

Black History Month Spotlight: Esi Edugyan

For Black History Month, we're turning the spotlight on our incredible black authors and their work.

Black History Month Spotlight: Pauline Black

For Black History Month, we're turning the spotlight on our incredible black authors and their work.

Black History Month Spotlight: Attica Locke

For Black History Month, we're turning the spotlight on our incredible black authors and their work. Today we shine the light on Attica Locke.

Black History Month Spotlight: Saidiya Hartman

For Black History Month, we're turning the spotlight on our incredible black authors and their work.

Esi Edugyan on the 2020 International DUBLIN Literary Award Shortlist

Washington Black has been shortlisted for the 2020 International DUBLIN Literary Award.

Keira Knightley to star in Apple TV production of Sarah Perry’s The Essex Serpent

Big news!

A Ruined Girl: Q&A with Kate Simants

Author Kate Simants discusses her new novel with VIPER publisher Miranda Jewess

On Time and Water: an extract

Read an extract from this beautiful book that marries mythology and climate change.

Essex Girls: the new book by Sarah Perry

Sarah Perry returns to Essex this autumn with her ode to Essex Girls everywhere

Attica Locke: meet your new favourite crime writer

Discover the books by Attica Locke, author of the current Waterstones Thriller of the Month, Heaven, My Home.

Good Morning, Destroyer of Men’s Souls: Q&A and extract

Meet the author & read an extract from this memoir of co-dependency and addiction

Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters – a trans take on love and parenting

A uniquely trans take on love and parenting, coming January 2021.

Books about black lives: a Serpent’s Tail reading list

Important works about black lives. 

Books about black lives: a Serpent’s Tail reading list

Important works about black lives. 

Heaven My Home is the Waterstones Thriller of the Month

We're thrilled to announce that Attica Locke's Heaven My Home is the Waterstones Thriller Book of the Month for June. 

Who We Were Book Group Guide

Are you reading Who We Were by B.M. Carroll and loving it? Here are some questions to discuss with your book group about this compulsive thriller of childhood crimes and revenge.

Attica Locke on the Orwell Prize shortlist

We're thrilled to announce that Heaven, My Home, Attica Locke's powerful crime novel set in Texas, has been shortlisted for The Orwell Prize for Political Fiction 2020.

Travel by book: 10 reads to transport you

Allow these books to whisk you away to lands you can only dream of...

5 questions with B.M. Carroll

Viper publisher Miranda Jewess interviews the author of Who We Were.

Our top audiobook picks for immersion and distraction

We picked our top four audiobooks to transport and distract yourself while you stay home.

What to read when you don’t feel like reading

Our picks of quick reads and gripping stories to get lost in for tough reading times.

The Pine Islands: read an extract

Read the opening of the Man Booker International shortlisted The Pine Islands - out in paperback.

What we’re reading in isolation

Here are the books the Serpent's Tail team is escaping into...

Postscript: Miranda Popkey on Topics of Conversation

'Now here was a woman who wasn’t afraid to articulate her rage'

International Women’s Day 2020: our reading recommendations

Serpent's Tail staff recommend their favourite books by women read in the last year.

Viper: A Q&A with Ren Richards

Viper publisher Miranda Jewess asks Lauren de Stefano, aka Ren Richards, some questions.

All This Could Be Yours: read the opening

Read the opening to the new novel by Jami Attenberg, 'the queen of dysfunctional families' (Refinery29)

Topics of Conversation: read the opening

Read the opening to this unusual, engrossing new novel.

6 Ways To Start Talking About Money

Our intern Tamara Southward lists Open Up author Alex Holder's key points about changing your relationship with money. 

Viper: A Q&A with Nicola White

Viper publisher Miranda Jewess interviews Nicola White, author of new Irish noir A Famished Heart.

Yelena Moskovich’s Virtuoso on the Dylan Thomas Prize longlist

Find out who else made the longlist

In the Dream House: read an extract

Read an extract from Carmen Maria Machado's acclaimed memoir.

Alan Moore interviews Jarett Kobek

Two greats discuss Only Americans Burn in Hell.

Sarah Perry reads the opening of Melmoth

Look! It is winter in Prague...

Our 2019 Christmas Gift Guide is here!

Our top picks for the festive season!

Choi and Krasznahorkai win at the National Book Awards

Two of our authors win prizes at this year's National Book Awards

Viper Books: The Launch

Viper, publishing books with bite: crime, thrillers and other mysterious fiction

Rabbits for Food: read the opening

''I spoke with three psychiatrists and a neurologist who were dead-set against ECT.'

The Resident: read an extract

You think you're alone. Think again.

Who We Were: read an extract

Discover how the people from our youth shape the adults we become...

Bitter Wash Road: read an extract

Discover Australia's king of crime.

The Broken Ones: read an extract

A gripping psychological thriller exploring the relationships between sisters and mothers and daughters, both their toxicity and love.

A Famished Heart: read an extract

Read the opening from the first in a powerful new crime trilogy set in 1980s Dublin, exploring the power of the Catholic Church and the powerlessness of unmarried women.

Viper Books: our new crime imprint

We're launching a new crime imprint, Viper, in November - find out more

Celebrating Black History Month

Celebrating Black History Month with our authors published over the last year.

Gentleman Jack on the Portico Prize longlist

The prize celebrates books that capture the spirit of the North

Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: read an extract

Read an extract from Saidiya Hartman's subversive and original history of social liberation in the 20th century.

‘I poured everything I felt about caregiving work into the novel’

A Q&A with Lila Savage, author of Say Say Say

The Warlow Experiment: read the opening

Read the opening of Alix Nathan's extraordinary new novel, The Warlow Experiment

Serpentine Summer Reads

Explore our #TBR picks of brilliant, heat-wave ready reads.

Donate to Beauty Banks with Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen

We are mega excited to be teaming up with Waterstones Islington and Beauty Banks to celebrate the publication of Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen

Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen: read an extract

Read an extract from the lost feminist cult classic that defined a generation

Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen: read the author’s introduction

Read Alix Kates Shulman's new introduction - which shows how women are still facing many of the same challenges as they were forty years ago. 

A Q&A with The Pine Islands translator Jen Calleja

'It's so much more than a male mid-life crisis novel' 

Feminist Book Fortnight: our reading recommendations

From Chris Kraus to Jami Attenberg, here are our recommendations for Feminist Book Fortnight.

Our Easter weekend reading recommendations

Get ready for an epic escape or dabble in a little magic with our latest selection of recommended reads

The Pine Islands is shortlisted for the International Man Booker Prize

The 2019 Man Booker International longlist has been announced

Our post-Fleabag non-conformist library

We've got just the books to help you with your post-Fleabag comedown.

Ruby Tandoh investigates ‘fake’ food

Ruby Tandoh explores our attitudes to 'fake' food.

Postscript: Vikram Paralkar on Night Theatre

Find out how Vikram Paralkar's experience in a tiny government clinic a few hours from Mumbai led to him writing the wonderful, atmospheric Night Theatre

WAH x Serpent’s Tail for International Women’s Day 2019

We're teaming up with beauty powerhouse WAH this International Women's Day

Q&A with Angela Steidele, author of Gentleman Jack

The author of Gentleman Jack on what inspired her to write the biography of Anne Lister

Casey Gerald’s Top 5 LGBT+ Books

Celebrating LGBT History month with Casey Gerald

Open Up: The Power of Talking About Money: read the introduction

Alex Holder is here to help you open up those tricky conversations about money.

Make Valentine’s Day Iconic

Find your literary love match with our favourite feminist fiction

Sarah Perry is on the 2019 Dylan Thomas Prize longlist

Sarah Perry's Melmoth is one of the twelve books on the 2019 Dylan Thomas Prize shortlist

Q&A with Rebecca Kauffman, author of The Gunners

The author of The Gunners tells us about her acclaimed new novel

Postscript: Raising a toast to weirdness

Ready for some weirdness? If watching The Favourite got you in mood, then you'll love Yelena Moskovich's surreal and seductive VirtuosoShe tells us why weird is wonderful.

Watch Casey Gerald’s TED Talk: The gospel of doubt

Watch the author of There Will Be No MIracles Here give a powerful TED Talk on faith and uncertainty.

The Gunners: Read the first chapter

The Gunners is the ultimate high school reunion novel. Read the opening pages

A white Melmoth Christmas

Read one of our favourite snowy passages from Sarah Perry's gothic masterpiece Melmoth

Ruby Tandoh on Christmas food

Read Ruby's new chapter on Christmas eating - available online in the paperback edition of Eat Up.

Sarah Perry shortlisted for two National Book Awards

Sarah Perry is shortlisted for two National Book Awards: Best Popular Fiction and UK Author of the Year for her bestselling third novel Melmoth.

Recipe: Ruby Tandoh’s three-day whisky gingerbread loaf cake

Make a delicious loaf cake from Ruby Tandoh's Eat Up! for National Baking Week

Read the opening pages of Sarah Perry’s Melmoth

Read the spine-tingling opening to Melmoth, and watch author Sarah Perry read it.

Q&A with Esi Edugyan, author of Washington Black

Esi Edugyan's tells us about her new novel Washington Black, which is on the 2018 Man Booker longlist.

Read a short story from Simon Rich’s hilarious new collection, Hits & Misses

'Simon Rich is outrageously, lavishly gifted' - Caitlin Moran
'Simon Rich is the funniest writer alive' - Matt Haig
'Fabulously funny' - Lauren Laverne

In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado

Carmen Maria Machado's memoir In the Dream House is coming Autumn 2019

An exclusive extract from Gentleman Jack

Continuing our Pride 2018 celebrations, we're thrilled to share an exclusive extract from Gentleman Jack, our forthcoming biography of the extraordinary Anne Lister.

Who put Bella in the Wych Elm? Cathi Unsworth on the spooky true story

Cathi Unsworth's new crime novel, That Old Black Magic, is based on a real-life murder that happened in 1943. Read all about it...

On Ruby Tandoh’s Eat Up! and Why Brownies Are Good for The Soul

Inspired by Ruby Tandoh's wonderful manifesto Eat Up!, here's a recipe for salted caramel brownies to help conquer Sunday-evening blues.

On the genius of Joy Williams

Serpent's Tail editor Nick Sheerin on the genius of Joy Williams.

Read a short story from Joy Williams’ The Visiting Privilege

The Visiting Privilege by Joy Williams is Alison Flood's (The Bookseller) November Book of the Month. Read a short story ahead of publication.

Announcing Sarah Perry’s third novel, Melmoth

Step inside to find out more about the author of The Essex Serpent's new novel, Melmoth.

Andre Alexis, author of Fifteen Dogs & The Hidden Keys, interviewed by his editor

The Giller Prize-winning author of Fifteen Dogs speaks to his editor about his new novel, The Hidden Keys

Ten things you might not have known about Fernando Pessoa

To celebrate our gorgeous complete edition of The Book of Disquiet being published, we're sharing with you ten things you might not know about Fernando Pessoa, one of Portugal's greatest writers.

I Love Dick – reading group questions

Due to popular demand, we've done some reading group questions for Chris Kraus's seminal feminist novel/memoir, I Love Dick.

A reading list for your nuclear bunker

Is it the end of the world as we know it? Be prepared with editor Nick Sheerin's ultimate post-apocalyptic reading list.

Watch Sarah Perry discuss The Essex Serpent

Veronica: If there’s nobody watching, what’s the point?

Mary Gaitskill paints a familiar-looking world in which beauty is the holy grail. Marketing manager Flora Willis looks at how we feel when there's nobody watching

Book cover design: Kenzaburo Oe’s The Silent Cry

Designer Steve Panton on the many faces of Kenzaburo Oe's The Silent Cry - and the final cover choice.

GET A LIFE with Vivienne Westwood

From 13th October you can own your very own collection of Vivienne Westwood's innermost thoughts and feelings on fashion, the environment, philosophy and culture. Have a look inside...

Mary Gaitskill: a retrospective

Mary Gaitskill is the most acclaimed author you may never have read. We give you the lowdown on her books past and present.

Eileen Myles ran for US President and other true stories

Most people would fit one of these things into their life at most.

The Little Communist Who Never Smiled: read an extract

At 14, Nadia Comaneci was the first Olympic gymnast to be awarded a perfect 10. Lola Lafon's novel is a powerful re-imagining of her life

Watch Eileen Myles read An American Poem in 1993

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

Down to the Blackwater shore: Sarah Perry on creating the setting for The Essex Serpent

Sarah Perry takes us on a tour of the fictional Essex village in which much of The Essex Serpent is set, and shows us her original sketch of the location.

Let Me Be Frank: I Love Dick, So Sad Today, The Argonauts and ‘confessional’ literature

Does I Love Dick, and subsequent genre-bending autobiographical works by women, deserve to be called 'confessional'? 

Serpent’s Tales with Pete Ayrton and Ruth Petrie

Thirty years of barmy anecdotes from founder Pete Aytron and managing editor Ruth Petrie, ranging from the ridiculous to the sublime.

The Accusation, coming 2017

We're excited to be publishing The Accusation by Bandi, a collection of short stories by a North Korean writer.

Adrian McKinty’s top 5 flawed detectives in literature

Adrian McKinty's top 5 flawed detectives, to rival his own drinking, smoking, cocaine-taking, speed-limit-breaking Sean Duffy.

What about Chris? Eileen Myles’ intro to I Love Dick

The original Semiotext(e) edition of Chris Kraus's I Love Dick included this brilliant introduction by Eileen Myles, 'What about Chris?'.

What do you do all day? Interview with Joanna Biggs

Joanna Biggs is the author of All Day Long, a fascinating exploration of 32 different working days, from that of a ballerina, to a care worker, to a giggle doctor, and everyone in between. Her editor...

I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus by Simon Rich

I’ll never forget the night I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus. I was only ten years old at the time, but I can still picture it vividly. My mother was standing beneath the mistletoe and Santa was right...