Tue, 28/05/2013 - 14:00
There’s an episode of “Seinfeld” in which hapless George Costanza is unable to return a book because it has been “flagged” as having been in the bathroom. Whether you’re a person who considers toilet reading repulsive or one who happily stocks the bathroom with reading material, there is humour in the idea...
Thu, 23/05/2013 - 09:00
American writer Lydia Davis has won the fifth Man Booker International Prize, worth £60,000.
Davis beat nine other authors including fellow American author Marilynne Robinson and China's Yan Lianke.
The presentation of the prize, which is awarded every two years to a living author for a body of work, was made at the...
Fri, 10/05/2013 - 11:24
Frances Lincoln has acquired a title about Portobello Road by Julian Mash, who previously worked in Notting Hill's Travel Bookshop.
Editorial director Andrew Dunn bought world English language rights from agent Jane Turnbull.
Lined up for summer 2014, the title will cast a new light on the famous London street. Dunn said...
Wed, 08/05/2013 - 09:00
Sainsbury's and Amazon have joined the list of the partners for this year's Fiction Uncovered, which already includes Foyles, Kobo and Nudge.
Fiction Uncovered, now in its third year, promotes eight living British writers of any age who have already published at least one novel or short story collection. This year's list...
Tue, 30/04/2013 - 11:06
Judging the pace of digital change will be one of the key challenges facing publishing executives in the months and years to come.
As we now realise, different parts of the publishing and bookselling business are moving in differing directions at different rates, making for an interesting, if slightly unnerving, journey. The...
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...
Thu, 25/04/2013 - 17:22
Tuesday was World Book Night, across the UK & Ireland 20,000 people (with a further 25,000 in America) acted as volunteers helping us gift half a million books to those who don’t regularly read in their communities, to encourage them to do so.
In the evening, hundreds of events took place from author readings to quizzes and...
Thu, 25/04/2013 - 11:30
Hot Key Books has signed Finnish author Salla Simukka's Snow White Trilogy, bringing the sales total up to 15 territories.
Publisher Emily Thomas signed UK rights to the trilogy from Elina Ahlbäck at Elina Ahlbäck Literary Agency.
Thomas said: "Discovering these fantastically crafted novels by the very...
Thu, 25/04/2013 - 09:00
Scottish indie publisher Sandstone Press has scored a nomination on the longlist for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2013 with Kevin Smith's Jammy Dodger.
Indie Serpent's Tail also scores a place with Petite Mort by Beatrice Hitchman.
Hitchman joins six other women on the shortlist of 10, with The...
Wed, 24/04/2013 - 13:16
Sebastian Coe and Bradley Wiggins are among the sports stars included in the British Sports Book Awards shortlists.
Coe's Running My Life will compete with Wiggins' My Times in the autobiography category, alongside Darren Clarke, SImon Jordan, William Fotheringham, David Walsh, Duncan Hamilton and Ian Thorpe...