Fri, 23/03/2007 - 07:45
The Daily Mail has teamed up with Transworld Publishers to launch the Daily Mail First Novel Award. Transworld will offer the winning author a publishing contract of £30,000 and publish the winning book in April 2008.
The award will be judged by bestselling Transworld authors Joanne Harris and Lee Child; Jane Mays, the Literary...
Wed, 21/03/2007 - 07:17
A rather unlikely successor to Jorge Luis Borges and Nikos Kazantzakis, Jeffrey Archer is today publishing his radical re-telling of the story of Judas Iscariot, The Gospel According to Judas, according to the Guardian.
"The book is being launched today in Rome, with simultaneous publication around the world in eight languages, and...
Tue, 20/03/2007 - 08:27
The organisers of this year's Orange Prize for Fiction have denied that the award deliberately excludes books that have won one of the other main literary awards, after the judges of the top literary prize for women novelists took the rare step of including the winners of the recent Man Booker and Costa prizes in their field of contenders...
Tue, 20/03/2007 - 08:06
The Telegraph reports that Muriel Gray, chair of this year's Orange Prize, has accused women of writing too many dull and trivial novels about domesticity.
Gray said too much was written about relationships and motherhood rather than sweeping epics addressing substantial issues. As the 20-strong long list was announced, Gray said...
Tue, 20/03/2007 - 07:50
In a piece on David Campbell's Millennium Library Trust, the Guardian wonders why some schools are refusing the free books. Campbell, who has sent sets of 300 books to some 4,150 schools across the UK, confesses to a certain sympathy for the heads and librarians who sent letters complaining of decades of neglect from governments. "...
Mon, 12/03/2007 - 08:18
The Independent reports that for years A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking was said to be the book that everyone owned but few had read. But a new survey shows that Hawking has been supplanted by David Blunkett and Bill Clinton as the authors of the books Brits are most likely to own but are unable to finish.
The political memoirs...
Fri, 09/02/2007 - 15:15
Headline is launching what it describes as a new genre in sports publishing: sports misery. The books--stories of men "for whom sport did become a matter of life and death"--are a cross between sports autobiographies and misery memoirs. Headline hopes to find a large crossover readership, although it acknowledges that the first half...
Fri, 09/02/2007 - 15:15
Ebury has started to mine BBC Books' backlist for under-published gems, beginning with titles by Alan Bennett and about John Peel. The move follows Random House Group's acquisition of a majority stake in BBC Books in June last year, which incorporated the TV publisher as an imprint of the Ebury division.
BBC Books has lined up...
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