Fri, 09/04/2010 - 14:23
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a publisher in possession of little originality must be in want of a zombified classic novel. Lame, perhaps, but all too true these days.
At first it was funny. When tiny American independent publisher Quirk Books came up with Pride and Prejudice and Zombies last year—seamlessly combining...
Thu, 11/02/2010 - 16:32
It starts to hail ferociously from what has been a warm(ish) blue sky minutes after I arrive at China Miéville's home in north-west London. I am startled, but Miéville takes it in his stride; after all, this is exactly the sort of thing which goes on in his particular brand of monster-ridden, literary urban fantasy.
Thu, 19/11/2009 - 14:37
At Usborne, it's "Malory Towers on ice"; at Faber, it's magic toys called Hoozles; at Egmont, it's a father-and-son spy team with lashings of football. Publishers have placed their bets on the series they hope will make it big next year, and are now watching nervously to see what will take off—and what won't.
Fri, 06/11/2009 - 13:57
Picture William Horwood writing Duncton Wood, his bestselling series from the 1980s about a group of war-mongering but spiritual moles, filled with lyrical evocations of the British countryside. He must have been tapping away in a sun-dappled forest glade somewhere, surely, or at the very least sitting in a cottage garden, surrounded by...
Thu, 01/10/2009 - 07:30
Nick Davies at Canongate won an auction for Guardian journalist Oliver Burkeman's The Backwards Law on Wednesday afternoon (30th September).
The auction, which was rumoured to have reached six figures, although agent Claire Paterson at Janklow and Nesbit would not comment on this, ended at 5pm yesterday.
Wed, 30/09/2009 - 14:12
Picador will publish Bret Easton Ellis’s seventh novel Imperial Bedrooms in the UK next July.
The novel is a sequel to his debut Less than Zero, published when Ellis was just 21, which followed the stories of a student, Clay, who comes home for the Christmas holidays from his Eastern college to seamy, drug-ridden...
Wed, 30/09/2009 - 12:22
Hip hop star Akala has joined the Reading Agency’s drive to encourage teenagers to read, as the reading charity stresses the need for a “dramatic change” in the reading and library landscape if teenagers are not to be turned off reading for life.
Yesterday (29th September) the Reading Agency launched its autumn teenage...
Wed, 30/09/2009 - 07:15
Harvill Secker has acquired what is expected to be one of the big Frankfurt books, Haruki Murakami’s new novel 1Q84 for UK publication.
Harvill publishing director Liz Foley bought UK and Commonwealth rights excluding Canada for Harvill – Murakami’s longterm publisher – with Rachel Cugnoni to publish the...
Thu, 24/09/2009 - 13:50
Two new London independent bookshops opening this autumn are predicting a "golden age" for indies. According to the Booksellers Association (BA), the new shops join more than 60 new indies to open in the past 15 months. BA chief executive Tim Godfray, just back from the Independent Booksellers Forum, said he had been "struck by...
Thu, 24/09/2009 - 07:46
The UK Publishers Association has described the request by the US Authors Guild and the American Association of Publishers for the Fairness Hearing into the Google Settlement to be postponed as “the right move”.
Simon Juden, chief executive of the trade body, said: “They’re taking on board concerns which have been...