Blogs

  • Be more Welsh

    Penny Thomas Co-founder at Firefly Press

    When Book Trust asked Firefly to support the UK Children’s Laureate campaign to increase funding for primary school libraries, I was delighted. Not just because... Read more

  • Choosing bookshops

    Nels Abbey Author and founder of Black Writers Guild

    One of the best opportunities I’ve been granted this year simultaneously turned out to the be one of the most challenging: judging the trade categories... Read more

  • Disinformation Prime

    Jared Shurin Marketing strategist

    With the potential for a safe, healthy return to normalcy on the horizon, vaccine uptake has been in the spotlight. For some, there’s a genuine... Read more

  • Day 81,901

    By Philip Jones

    Editor at The Bookseller

    Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is fond of talking about his 26-year-old firm’s “Day 1” culture. Read more

  • No budget? No sweat

    Georgia Henry Campaign executive at Rocket

    It’s no surprise that marketing budgets have been cut this year. With the upcoming months still being incredibly uncertain, many pubishers will be finding that... Read more

  • Our Covid year

    Niall Mansfield Managing director at UIT Cambridge/Green Books

    We started as a computer company – our biggest project was getting The Financial Times onto the internet in 1997 – but we wrote and... Read more

  • Ready, steady...

    Emma Corfield-Walters Owner of Book-ish

    This time last year, I wasn't sure how long our bookshop in a small market town in mid-Wales would survive. Alongside many indie bookshop owners... Read more

  • The rise of Black speculative fiction

    Kadija Sesay

    The blockbuster success of “Black Panther” in 2018 was probably the global breakthrough that showed the extent of the popularity of Black speculative fiction. Although... Read more

  • Book fair season - but not as we know it

    Michele Young Rights director at Pan Macmillan

    It is as though ‘Bologna-time’ is hard-wired into children’s publishers; the smell of spring in the air makes us think of our new publishing, new... Read more

  • Dearth of a Black salesman

    Rochelle Dowden-Lord

    For one of my final school essays, I chose to analyse a whisper of a book. Upon confirming my choice, I found out that my... Read more

  • Opinion: Reaching Black readers

    Bengono Bessala

    The marketing of books to readers of colour is often restricted to titles by writers of similar backgrounds, but who ‘the reader’ is must be... Read more

  • What the Black Writers’ Guild did next

    Elijah Lawal

    One of the things that Black people know to be true is that when we lift up our voices to celebrate our joy, share our... Read more

  • Cheers to the new vanguard

    Sir Lenny Henry

    The children’s books I was raised on, and decades later those I read with my own kids, spoke little to the world I knew—and that... Read more

  • Where are all the Black editors?

    Jasmine Richards

    This piece was going to be about the art of editing and how vital this is for career progression. It was going to talk about... Read more

  • Power trumps representation

    Marianne Tatepo Guest editor

    The Black Issue is about just that: the power of diasporic collaboration and the multitudes of Blackness. It is a celebration of difference without the... Read more

The Official UK CHART

  1. 1.
    Hamnet
    by Maggie O'Farrell
  2. 1.
    Hamnet
    by Maggie O'Farrell
  3. 2.
    Shuggie Bain
    by Douglas Stuart
  4. 2.
    Shuggie Bain
    by Douglas Stuart
  5. 3.
    The Midnight Library
    by Matt Haig
  6. 3.
    The Midnight Library
    by Matt Haig
  7. 4.
    The Sentinel
    by Lee & Andrew Child
  8. 4.
    The Sentinel
    by Lee & Andrew Child
  9. 5.
    Healing Is the New High
    by King, Vex
  10. 5.
    Healing Is the New High
    by King, Vex