Fri, 16/11/2007 - 12:58
In November 1967, with the Cultural Revolution looming, an earnest young student, Jiang Rong, set off from Tiananmen Square in a convoy of more than 100 trucks. Heading for the Inner Mongolian grasslands—as close to Mongolia as it is possible to get while still being within Chinese borders—he had with him two boxes of books he was...
Thu, 15/11/2007 - 08:38
Hachette Livre UK is taking the radical step of moving its backlist publishing to a firm sale basis for environmental reasons. The UK’s largest publishing group, which includes Orion, Hodder, Headline, Octopus and Little, Brown, told staff and authors this morning (15th November) that it intends for all of its trade publishing to be put...
Wed, 14/11/2007 - 10:56
The Pan Bookshop in west London is to close in January after 32 years of trading. Parent Macmillan blamed "tough market conditions, a decline in the overall trading of independent bookshops combined with an expensive high street location in Chelsea" for the closure.
The publisher said that it is in discussion with a potential...
Fri, 09/11/2007 - 15:53
It is a cliché that authors should "draw from life experience", but Bernadette Strachan's romantic escapades come ready-made for chick lit.
Nine years ago the London author was engaged to a handsome voice-over actor, whom she was also representing as a showbiz agent. A month before their wedding day he ditched...
Thu, 08/11/2007 - 14:41
Bloomsbury is expected to cut around 10% of its staff, in line with efforts by the publicly listed company to position itself for "continued organic growth" after Harry Potter. Insiders say that eight to 12 jobs are under threat, primarily across the marketing department and children's editorial. Most of the cuts are expected to...
Tue, 06/11/2007 - 16:00
David Peace hails it as "the Great British Novel of this decade", which "single-handedly resurrects the lost tradition of Priestley and Orwell", while Andrew O'Hagan calls it a "thrilling realisation of what a novelist can do". These rapturous testimonies (from fellow Faber authors) show why the publisher is so...
Mon, 05/11/2007 - 15:16
Picador has unveiled plans to launch its new fiction in dual hardback and paperback editions, in a bid to combat the ailing market for hardback literary fiction. The move raises serious questions about the future of the hardback literary novel, which Picador publisher Andrew Kidd described as a "moribund format".
Mon, 05/11/2007 - 11:35
Sadie Jones' stylish début The Outcast (Chatto, February), already selected as a BBC Radio 4 "Book at Bedtime", is the tale of Lewis, a young boy growing up in Surrey in the 1950s, who in childhood witnesses his mother's accidental drowning.
Mishandled first by his emotionally rigid father and then by...
Fri, 02/11/2007 - 16:25
Patricia Wood has had many incarnations. She has served in the US army, been a horse riding instructor, and taught marine science to problem children. She is a PhD student at the University of Hawaii and lives on a 48-foot sailing boat. Now, in her 50s, she has added a début novel to her CV: Lottery (Heinemann, January)....
Thu, 01/11/2007 - 13:06
The "Richard & Judy's Best Kids Books Ever" show led to a significant boost in children's book sales last week, with all winning titles posting their best ever week through Nielsen BookScan.
The one-hour programme was broadcast on 25th October as part of Channel 4's literacy season, and 19 shortlisted titles...