It's All In Their Heads

First-time novelist Stef Penney won Britain's Costa Book of the Year award this month for The Tenderness of Wolves, a vivid portrait of life in snowswept Canada. The book's realism is particularly impressive since Penney has never visited the country. Suffering from agoraphobia, she could only make it as far as London's British Library to do her research. But fictional fudging is an illustrious tradition (Shakespeare almost certainly never left England, either) — and other acclaimed modern authors have gotten by with less meticulous research.

Graham Greene
Stamboul Train
This thriller follows...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!