Blogs

  • Lockdown diaries: the marketing executive

    Hamza Jahanzeb Marketing executive at Icon Books

    I usually don’t travel back to my hometown in Lancashire unless it's to visit family and friends - and that isn’t often, as I regularly catch up with them on their... Read more

  • Reading across the generations

    Lachlan Brown Founder of Best By The Numbers

    The reading habits of people in the UK can provide golden insight for publishers. But they're all too often clouded by assumptions and anecdotes rather than... Read more

  • Publishing the full Spectrum

    Lydia Wilkins Journalist

    For a long time, I felt like I had been failed by publishing. After a diagnosis of Aspergers Syndrome - now Autism Spectrum Disorder (or... Read more

  • Lockdown diaries: the librarian

    Zoey Dixon Librarian at Lambeth Libraries

    Some people are surprised when I say I didn’t find lockdown that bad. I had some practise (although less restrictive of course) when I stayed... Read more

  • Lockdown diaries: the book club founder

    Melissa Cummings-Quarry Co-founder of Black Girls Book Club

    It happened so suddenly. One moment I was at work, bleaching everything in sight, using extra splashes of Dettol - that infamous Caribbean Aunty staple with... Read more

  • Ignore, focus or avoid? How authors are tackling COVID-19

    Gillian Harvey author

    Many of us enjoy getting lost in historical novels, often set in periods of history when great change was taking place. Contemporary fiction is usually... Read more

  • How to promote books by black authors

    Hephzibah Kwakye-Saka Senior campaigns manager at Riot Communications

    As a black publicist with more than seven years in culture and entertainment publicity, I have sat in many all-white creative meetings where the genuine... Read more

  • How coronavirus made me fall in love with bookselling again

    Katie Clapham bookseller at Storytellers, Inc.

    It’s a strange thing, when you realise, you’ve fallen out of love. It’s kind of embarrassing, really. Noticing that things are messy, and that you... Read more

  • 2020 sideswipe

    By Philip Jones

    Editor at The Bookseller

    Future historians of the book business will have a problem when they look back on 2020. Read more

  • Place writing in a pandemic

    David Cooper and Rachel Lichtenstein, co-directors at the Centre for Place Writing

    Since the turn of the millennium, whether responding to globalisation, the rise of digital technologies, or the climate emergency, many writers have become increasingly preoccupied... Read more

  • We need more modesty, more money and more collaboration

    David Reynolds, director at Old Street Publishing

    We are in a time of major change – following the brutal, televised murder of George Floyd – and it goes without saying that the... Read more

  • Lockdown diaries: the education entrepreneur

    By Jenny Baldwin

    Founder at SHAPES

    I was in the Soho Theatre last May, watching comedian Rob Auton perform ‘The Talk Show’. He told a great joke. It’s hard working from... Read more

  • What the Clarke Award data tells us about diversity

    By Stewart Hotston

    Author at Rebellion Publishing

    This article has some relatively good news and then some particularly bad news. First the good news. Of 121 submissions to the Clarke Award in... Read more

  • Reaching for the universal

    By Isabelle Dupuy

    Author at Jacaranda Books

    Last week I had the honour of being a panelist on a webinar about publishing values in 2020. I listened to the various publishers, both big... Read more

  • This may not destroy you

    By Philip Jones

    Editor at The Bookseller

    In Michaela Coel’s excellent BBC TV series “I May Destroy You”, her character Arabella’s journey concludes in a bookshop with the launch of her self-published... Read more

The Official UK CHART

  1. 1.
    The Giver of Stars
    by Jojo Moyes
  2. 2.
    The World’s Worst Parents
    by David Walliams; Tony Ross
  3. 3.
    The Last Widow
    by Karin Slaughter
  4. 4.
    The Institute
    by Stephen King
  5. 5.
    The Body
    by Bill Bryson
  6. 6.
    Girl, Woman, Other
    by Bernardine Evaristo
  7. 7.
    The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse
    by Charlie Mackesy
  8. 8.
    Where the Crawdads Sing
    by Delia Owens
  9. 9.
    The Sun Sister
    by Lucinda Riley
  10. 10.
    Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race
    by Reni Eddo-Lodge