Mon, 18/08/2014 - 12:13
Ann Leckie was at home in St Louis, Missouri, on the night of the Arthur C Clarke Award ceremony back in May. Up for the UK’s most prestigious science fiction prize alongside an impressive roster of names—including elder statesman of the genre Christopher Priest—she was delighted to be shortlisted, but didn’t think her...
Mon, 04/08/2014 - 15:24
Nora Webster (Viking, October), Colm Tóibín’s seventh novel, returns to the provincial Irish town of Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, familiar to readers of his Costa Novel Award-winning Brooklyn as the town from which Ellis Lacey departed. The events of Nora Webster take place 10 years after Brooklyn;...
Tue, 29/07/2014 - 11:04
Ask mathematician Matt Parker what his favourite number is, and you won’t get some namby-pamby random answer like seven or 11 (even if 11 is the only palindromic prime number with an even number of digits). “At the moment, it’s 2,025”. “And why is that?” I enquire, acutely aware of my (scraped) Grade C in O...
Thu, 24/07/2014 - 16:09
Having grown from an idea to a business that is making itself and its authors “decent” money from e-books in just two years, Endeavour Press is the UK’s sole general e-book-only publisher.
Started by ex-journalist and author Matthew Lynn and book publicist Richard Foreman—after Lynn decided to publish his spin...
Thu, 17/07/2014 - 09:40
Profile Books has appointed Mike Jones as publishing director.
Jones, who will start at the independent publisher in September, was previously non-fiction publishing director at Simon & Schuster, where he worked since 2008. While at Simon & Schuster, he worked on a list including Gordon Brown, Ranulph Fiennes and Monty Don....
Mon, 14/07/2014 - 12:46
Thirty-five years after first tackling the Napoleonic Wars with the Sharpe series that made his name, Bernard Cornwell is returning to the era for his non-fiction début. He is going straight to the denouement by tackling Waterloo, and Sean Bean is nowhere in sight: this is an hour-by-hour account of the climactic battle of 18th June...
Fri, 11/07/2014 - 14:43
Roland Phillips, m.d. of John Murray, and Richell's close friend Saul Wordsworth pay tribute to the c.e.o. of Hachette Australia and chairman of Hachette New Zealand.
Matthew Thomas Richell, who died in a surfing accident at Tamarama Beach...
Thu, 10/07/2014 - 13:44
It is the final hour of the final day at BookExpo America 2014, but it doesn’t feel like it. The halls are still rammed with booksellers and librarians from across the Americas, greedily hoovering up free swag from publishers’ stands. Melville House Publishing, the Brooklyn-based independent, is benefiting from its prime position...
Wed, 09/07/2014 - 15:05
The more books you mention, the happier I’ll be,” says David Fickling, whose newly independent publisher, David Fickling Books, launches this month with two débuts: Jon Walter’s Close to the Wind and Tim Hall’s Shadow of the Wolf.
In truth, it is hard to get Fickling away from books....
Mon, 07/07/2014 - 12:40
“Storytelling is our speciality. It’s the basis for everything we do as a species”.
Israeli historian Yuval Noah Harari—a slight figure on a squashy sofa in a central London hotel—is explaining how, from among the various species of human which inhabited the earth 100,000 years ago, an insignificant...