Blogs

  • Black Lives Matter in the book industry

    By Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé

    Author at Usborne

    It’s early 2012 and a young boy is walking home when he is fatally shot in the back by a neighbourhood watch officer. The officer claims... Read more

  • Book launches just got better

    By Richard Charkin

    Founder at Mensch Publishing

    It’s pretty obvious that the book industry, along with nearly all other businesses, will be hammered by the plague. The damage is somewhat mitigated by... Read more

  • Serendipity will keep bookshops alive

    By Anne Welsh

    Writer at Freelance

    With some bookshops set to reopen in a couple of weeks, it’s a good time to think about some of the lockdown actions that have... Read more

  • Lockdown diaries: the deputy MD

    By Sarah Benton

    Deputy MD at Orion

    I have a clear memory of the day that Covid-19 became a reality to me. My daughter, Matilda, was five months old, and Katie Espiner,... Read more

  • Comedy in a crisis

    By James Naughtie

    Judge at Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction

    How good it was to be forced to read some funny novels in the early days of the virus crisis. A judge’s lot in the... Read more

  • Lockdown diaries: the agent

    By Hayley Steed

    Agent at Madeleine Milburn

    Agents are often described as friends and therapists as well as a tough negotiators. The former really came into its own when COVID-19 hit. We... Read more

  • Not now, Barnard

    By Philip Jones

    Editor at The Bookseller

    This week J K Rowling unveiled a new children’s tale, The Ickabog, a story about truth and the abuse of power. Not about now, the... Read more

  • Bursting the South Asian literary bubble

    By Pragya Agarwal

    Author at Bloomsbury

    Today sees the launch of South Asian LitFest, a free, live online festival I've created to show celebrate and showcase authors both from the subcontinent and the diasporic South... Read more

  • The academic digital revolution is here... again

    By Sam Herbert

    Co-founder at 67 Bricks

    What’s an industry painstakingly crafted on authority, history and traditional processes to do, when suddenly the world rips up the rule book and says: Forget... Read more

  • Lockdown diary: the literary editor

    By Federico Andornino

    Editorial director at Weidenfeld & Nicolson

    I was in Paris when Covid-19 became a reality. It was the weekend of 21st February and I was there for a quick family reunion:... Read more

  • Rebirth: how we moved the Jhalak Prize online

    By Sunny Singh

    Chair of judges at Jhalak Prize for the Book of the Year

    This year's Jhalak Prize winner will be announced online, a "scrappy, rough at the edges ‘ceremony’ with video clips, image cards and zoom chats".... Read more

  • What now for authors? On writing, coping and facing the future

    By Emily Reynolds

    Writer at National Survivor Union Network

    Sanjana Varghese had been working as a freelance journalist in London for around a year when the coronavirus pandemic hit.  As countries around the world... Read more

  • Lockdown diaries: the children's publisher

    By Kate Wilson

    Managing director at Nosy Crow

    One evening a week or so ago, I was speaking to a friend in another publishing company, sitting at the kitchen table, glass of wine... Read more

  • Après nous, le déluge

    By Philip Jones

    Editor at The Bookseller

    Last week, more than 140 French independent publishers wrote an open letter claiming that under French publishing’s happy facade, lies a real story of “overproduction”,... Read more

  • Marketing to kids in difficult times

    By Georgia Henry

    Campaign executive at Rocket

    Many months ago, when we all sat in our meeting rooms, sipping coffee and bouncing campaign ideas around, I don’t think any one of us... Read more

The Official UK CHART

  1. 1.
    Normal People
    by Sally Rooney
  2. 2.
    The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse
    by Charlie Mackesy
  3. 3.
    Where the Crawdads Sing
    by Delia Owens
  4. 4.
    The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes
    by Collins, Suzanne
  5. 5.
    Slime
    by Walliams, David
  6. 6.
    Blue Moon
    by Lee Child
  7. 7.
    The Art of Resilience
    by Ross Edgley
  8. 8.
    The Family Upstairs
    by Lisa Jewell
  9. 9.
    Many Rivers to Cross
    by Peter Robinson
  10. 10.
    Lockdown
    by Peter May