Can reading a good book make you a better person?

Nathan Filer’s novel The Shock of the Fall was ascribed life-changing qualities by Costa book judges. But the jury’s still out on fiction’s positive impact.

John Sutherland’s short column addresses an old question.

John Armstrong addresses the even older question, ‘What is art for?’ and concludes ‘that art is a therapeutic instrument: its value lies in its capacity to exhort, console, and guide us toward better versions of ourselves and to help us live more flourishing lives, individually and collectively.’