Tue, 09/09/2008 - 11:33
Book sales are back up and running, having bounced back last week after a poor summer for the book trade. According to Nielsen BookScan, Total Consumer Market sales were £31.3m in the week ending 6th September, up by more than 9% on the previous week and by almost 1% on the same week in 2007.
It is the first positive week year-on-...
Mon, 08/09/2008 - 10:12
The Sky Arts Book Show is to return for a third series on 23rd October, again hosted by Mariella Frostrup. New features will include "A Fine Line" where authors read their favourite literary sentence and explain why they chose it. A monthly guest reviewer will also discuss a selection of new book releases. The first reviewer will be...
Thu, 04/09/2008 - 06:54
HarperCollins has apologised for offending indigenous Australians after complaints that an upcoming edition of The Daring Book for Girls breaks Aboriginal taboos by encouraging girls to play the didgeridoo, according to the Daily Telegraph.
Mark Rose, head of the Victorian Aboriginal Education Association, said the...
Wed, 03/09/2008 - 07:21
Borders UK has launched a campaign to coincide with the Boots-sponsored "30 Days of Fashion and Beauty". Starting this week, www.borders.co.uk is featuring a wide range of fashion, beauty and healthy eating book and DVD titles, and from 14th September, the site...
Fri, 22/08/2008 - 07:40
The authors of a book which claimed that Salman Rushdie was nicknamed "Scruffy" by his police protection officers have admitted there were falsehoods in the manuscript and have made amendments accordingly, according to Rushdie's lawyer. The publisher of On Her Majesty's Service, John Blake, hopes to release a revised...
Fri, 15/08/2008 - 06:30
The German-speaking world of Kafka scholars hit out yesterday over a British academic's claims that the writer had a penchant for hard porn, reports the Guardian.
James Hawes, a Kafka expert and novelist, claims in his book Excavating Kafka, published in Britain yesterday (14th August), that the writer was a...
Thu, 14/08/2008 - 06:00
A federal appeals court in New York has reversed a ruling that awarded the son and granddaughter of John Steinbeck the rights to 10 of his works, including The Grapes of Wrath, the Associated Press reported.
According to the appeals court, a lower court judge made a mistake by giving the rights to Thomas Steinbeck, the author...
Thu, 31/07/2008 - 14:00
Publisher Debrett’s, which bills itself as “the modern authority on matters of etiquette, taste and achievement”, is to publish what it calls a “definitive” book on contemporary manners.
Debrett’s A–Z of Modern Manners (September, h/b, £11.99) is the publisher’s first...
Thu, 31/07/2008 - 09:12
A tall, spare man in a traditional monk’s habit, Abbot Christopher Jamison of Worth Abbey cuts an unlikely figure as a reality TV star, but three million viewers watched “The Monastery”, the 2005 BBC series set in the abbey which followed five men from non-religious backgrounds as they spent 40 days with the monks.
Fri, 18/07/2008 - 14:29
“It’s always been much easier for me to write unpleasant characters,” says Zoë Heller, a note of pride in her voice. She is talking about the dysfunctional family of social justice campaigners she has created for her new novel, and about violent reactions to characters in her previous two books.
Notes on a...