Mon, 22/03/2010 - 10:08
When is a book not a book? A great many people much cleverer than me have been arguing about this recently as agents and publishers come to blows over "enhanced e-book rights". As I understand it, you take the basic text, jiggle it about so it will fit on an iPhone, add music, an author interview, perhaps some animation and what you...
Mon, 25/01/2010 - 08:48
There was a quirky correspondence in the Times over the new year about One-Book Wonders, which is to say, authors who have only managed to produce one book. Two of the most famous examples cited were Harper Lee with To Kill a Mockingbird and Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind.
As it happens, three of my very favourite novels are also...
Wed, 09/12/2009 - 11:41
Bidding is underway for several literary-themed prizes at the London Evening Standard's Christmas charity auction in aid of children's charity Kids Company.
Offers for a meeting with Caroline Michel, chief executive of literary agency Peters Fraser and Dunlop, had today already reached £1,140, sum described as...
Thu, 03/12/2009 - 20:48
I went to see "2012", the new Roland Emmerich film, last week. Its first two hours are laughably bad and unfortunately the last hour is just bad—but as John Cusack tore his way across a disintegrating LA, as St Peter’s in Rome collapsed on thousands of wailing devotees, as a vast tsunami devoured the entire planet, how...
Fri, 25/09/2009 - 09:34
I know it's bad form for one writer to knock another but I doubt that Dan Brown is going to notice a gnat's bite in The Bookseller. So let me get this off my chest.
Five million hardback copies of The Lost Symbol. The biggest event in publishing since Harry Potter. Headlines, hype and hysteria. Why? I just don't get it at all.
Thu, 30/07/2009 - 13:02
I recently found myself in the media, fighting the latest government insanity. It was announced a few weeks ago that from November, children's authors who wish to visit schools will have to sign onto a database, paying £64 each, to prove that they're not paedophiles.
Headed by Philip Pullman, a number of authors suggested that this...
Thu, 16/07/2009 - 07:35
Children’s authors and illustrators, Philip Pullman, Anne Fine, Anthony Horowitz, Michael Morpurgo and Quentin Blake have described the government's new legislation requiring them to enter their names on a database as "corrosive and poisonous" and will stop visiting schools from the start of the new academic year in protest...
Fri, 05/06/2009 - 12:26
It's the £2.50 Kit Kat that gets me.
I mean, I'm no saint—but there have often been times when I've been away on a book tour and found myself in a grotty hotel in the middle of nowhere. It's 11 o'clock at night and I've gone to the mini bar and there it is, the Kit Kat Chunky. I don't just want it. I need it. More than that,...
Wed, 08/04/2009 - 17:17
The Bookseller (27th March) carried an interesting interview with Giles Foden, author and professor of creative writing at the University of East Anglia. I recently met him at the Dubai Literary Festival, by the way, which was a complete success despite certain ill-judged attempts to sabotage it.
At any event, he was asked—broadly...
Sun, 22/02/2009 - 10:00
The Emirates Airlines International Festival is to hold a debate with International PEN on free speech and censorship. It follows its decision to prevent Penguin author Geraldine Bedell from launching her book at the Dubai-based event because it featured a gay character. The bar provoked an outrage among some authors, but The Bookseller...