Thu, 09/05/2013 - 12:37
In 2003, Khaled Hosseini released his début novel The Kite Runner (Bloomsbury)—10 years later, with just two books, he has gone on to sell more than 38 million copies worldwide and generated more than £23m through UK tills. A publishing sensation, his next book And the Mountains Echoed (Bloomsbury, May),...
Tue, 30/04/2013 - 06:30
Historical fiction authors Ben Kane, Anthony Riches and Russell Whitfield are walking the length of Hadrian's Wall in full Roman dress to raise money for charity.
The three authors, who all write about the Roman period, began on Sunday (28th April) and should complete the walk by 5th May. They are raising money for Combat Stress...
Fri, 26/04/2013 - 09:58
Audible has signed world English rights to the novels of Georges Simenon, best known for his Inspector Maigret novels, all 75 of which are included.
The signing is aligned to a wider deal with agency PFD to make 450 titles from 74 authors available for audio download.
Alongside Simenon will be authors including Rebecca West...
Thu, 25/04/2013 - 16:04
When the news came to The Bookseller last year that James Heneage had inked a three-book deal with Quercus my first thought, perhaps like many in the trade, was: oh, the former boss of Ottakar’s. I’m sure it was hard for him to get a book deal.
I tell Heneage this when we meet at the bar at the top of Waterstones...
Thu, 11/04/2013 - 09:30
British novelist Michelle Lovric and Strega Prize-winner Tiziano Scarpa are among a large group of authors backing a campaign to save Venice's bookshops.
There have been several recent losses due to rising rates and rents.
Around 100 authors have signed a manifesto with ideas to save bookshops in the city and at a public...
Fri, 05/04/2013 - 09:34
Penguin division Michael Joseph has launched a major marketing campaign to support the paperback publication of the latest Marian Keyes novel, The Mystery of Mercy Close.
It is inviting people to share happy memories, or “Marian Moments” on Twitter using the hashtag #marianmoment, which will be supported by...
Wed, 03/04/2013 - 12:08
Author Iain Banks has been diagnosed with terminal cancer, and has said that it is "extremely unlikely I'll live beyond a year".
In a statement the 59-year-old author of works including The Wasp Factory and Stonemouth said he has late stage gall bladder cancer, having first gone to his GP in mid-...
Thu, 28/03/2013 - 15:38
Nora Eldridge is angry. She is fuming, she is outraged, she is 38 years old, single, alone, reliable, quiet and on the verge of disappearing. She is the woman upstairs.
The Woman Upstairs (Virago, May) is Claire Messud’s fifth novel and one she wanted to write in part because, “as a reader I have always enjoyed...
Mon, 25/03/2013 - 09:00
Little, Brown has revealed the cover of Donna Tartt’s new novel The Goldfinch which “raises the biggest of moral questions”.
The cover shows a ripped sheet of white paper with a goldfinch bird peeking through it. The novel will be published on 22nd October 2013 and by Abacus as a paperback in 2014....
Fri, 22/03/2013 - 09:08
Britain’s favourite expat Bill Bryson has a new book coming out in the autumn. One Summer: America 1927 focuses on the summer of 1927 and how it made its mark on history.
Marianne Velmans, publishing director at Doubleday, said: “It turns out it was a significant year and a significant summer—lots of...