Emma Darwin introduces the Instant Gratification Monkey, and his role as a productivity aid in her writing life.
Esther Selsdon, Mario Petrucci, Courttia Newland, Marina Benjamin, Hugh Stoddart and Nicola Baldwin discuss the books they are currently reading.
Louise Foxcroft describes her researches into the varied histories of drug addiction and diets, and despairs of dismissive attitudes to menopause.
Gabriel Gbadamosi finds his talisman, and his Yoruba spiritual counterpart, in a junk shop statue.
Hugh Stoddart, Courttia Newland, Marina Benjamin, Esther Selsdon, Nicola Baldwin and Mario Petrucci discuss their desert island book.
John Pilkington shares several tales of serendipity, showing how luck has played a part in his literary life.
Chris Simms introduces his writing talisman, chosen from a plethora of candidates to ward off the perils of dark places in the psyche.
Ali Knight, Robin Blake, Sally Kindberg, Vayu Naidu, Caitlin Davies, Sarah Ardizzone and Nicholas Murray discuss their favourite book in translation.