‘The Godmother’ by Hannelore Cayre

A sardonic French bestseller about a godmother, in the organised crime sense of the word

Our largest sexual organ: Amee Baird’s ‘Sex in the Brain’

We know surprisingly little about how our brains orchestrate our sex lives

‘Here Until August’ by Josephine Rowe

The Australian author’s second short-story collection focuses on the precipice of change rather than its culmination


Jane Austen as reviewed by men on Goodreads

Don’t believe the hype

Adam Greenfield’s ‘Radical Technologies’ is an essential guide to the tech revolution

The shape of a generous mind

Oliver Sacks’ brilliant ideas echo on through ‘The River of Consciousness’

Simon Leys, navigator between worlds

Reflections on one of the great essayists at the launch of a new biography

Girls and the grotesque in ‘Sour Heart’

Jenny Zhang’s short-story collection offers complex, radical versions of immigrant girlhood

The treasures and pleasures of bibliophiles in ‘The Library’

Stuart Kells celebrates book collections real and imagined, tangible and intangible