Blogs

  • Tough times need indie spirit

    Judy Piatkus Founder of Piatkus Books

    When I left the publishing industry at the end of 2007, the first Kindle had gone on sale just a month earlier, Apple had not... Read more

  • First and last and always

    By Philip Jones

    Editor at The Bookseller

    At the end of May last year, as bookshops looked to open and play catch-up after the first 12-week lockdown in the United Kingdom, I... Read more

  • Changing shapes

    James Jones Designer and illustrator

    I’ve always loved drawing, sketching and scribbling. At primary school in Anglesey, I used to give myself headaches from concentrating so hard on my artwork.... Read more

  • Cat, dog... does it really matter?

    Ana Luísa Amaral Poet

    If I were to condense this comment piece into a poem, it might go like this: on the joys of reading a book (of poetry)... Read more

  • Serving Autism better

    Lydia Wilkins Journalist

    When we think of the past dreadful year, what is the one activity that defined  our lives? Well, aside from the home schooling and working,... Read more

  • Climate of fear

    Maz Evans Author

    As has so often been my experience, just as I was about to write something, Sir Kazuo Ishiguro beats me to it. There was I,... Read more

  • Libraries are lifelines

    Miriam Balanescu Writer

    The Library Campaign has warned that hundreds of libraries may close not only for the pandemic, but permanently. With councils under financial strain and... Read more

  • Every little helps

    Nels Abbey Author and founder of Black Writers Guild

    Repetition is the mother of learning. Sadly, it is also the genesis of entrenched behaviour and bad habits. On this basis, I for one am... Read more

  • Slow, slow, quick, quick, slow

    By Philip Jones

    Editor at The Bookseller

    This week, the UK and the Scottish governments set out their roadmaps to how the current lockdowns might be lifted. Read more

  • Writing for likes

    Lisa Greghi Student and writer

    Wattpad has increasingly become a very popular platform among young writers. Allowing anyone to share their works and providing a route for aspiring authors to... Read more

  • Reading on my mind

    John Mitchinson Publisher at Unbound

    I’ve been thinking a lot about reading lately. Given that I work as a publisher and co-host a book podcast that may not strike you... Read more

  • Cheer up, Carnegie. It might never happen…

    Maz Evans Author

    I’ll just say it straight: book awards are ridiculous. They are the garden gnomes of the literary landscape – fun, provocative, but ultimately ornamental. They... Read more

  • Yinka, where is your editor? Part 4

    Lizzie Damilola Blackburn and Katy Loftus Author and editor at Penguin Books

    Debut author of Yinka, Where is Your Huzband, Lizzie Damilola Blackburn, and her editor Katy Loftus at Penguin, dish the dirt on the reality behind... Read more

  • We've proved we can change - let's keep going

    Silé Edwards Agent at Mushens Entertainment

    It’s been almost a year since the industry made the switch from being predominantly office based to working from home and essentially living at work.... Read more

  • The great unbowed

    By Philip Jones

    Editor at The Bookseller

    This week we reveal the small presses and independent bookshops that make up our regional and country shortlists for this year’s British Book Awards.... Read more

The Official UK CHART

  1. 1.
    Gigantosaurus: Dino Spot: World Book Day 2021
    by Jonny Duddle
  2. 2.
    The Midnight Library
    by Matt Haig
  3. 3.
    The Darkest Evening
    by Ann Cleeves
  4. 4.
    Pinch of Nom Quick & Easy
    by Kay Featherstone & Kate Allinson
  5. 5.
    The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse
    by Charlie Mackesy
  6. 6.
    Protect the Planet!: World Book Day 2021
    by Jess French; Aleesha Nandhra
  7. 7.
    Grown Ups
    by Marian Keyes
  8. 8.
    The River Whale
    by Sita Brahmachari
  9. 9.
    Cry Baby
    by Mark Billingham
  10. 10.
    The Thursday Murder Club
    by Richard Osman