Blogs

  • The understory

    By Philip Jones

    Editor at The Bookseller

    Last week we noted that 2020 had not been such a bad year for début authors after all. Read more

  • Taking back control

    Angela Hughes Author

    Reedsy.com describes indie publishing as “…any form of publishing that doesn’t rely on the Big 5 publishing houses.” I have produced work with three such companies.... Read more

  • Body conscious

    Dallas Athent Author

    It’s no secret that I have Type 1 Diabetes. I’ve written about dating while diabetic, and made lists of things not to say to... Read more

  • From the outside to the centre

    Oliver Lansley Screenwriter and artistic director at Les Enfants Terribles

    Experience is the new cultural currency. I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know, but it’s radically changed the way I write for theatre... Read more

  • What could possibly go wrong?

    Nigel and Claire Jones Owners of The East Gate Bookshop

    Opening a bookshop during Covid restrictions might seem crazy. But then the perfect premises came on the market, the one we had been looking for years.... Read more

  • Yinka, where is your editor? Part 3

    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

  • Long live the book tour

    Peter James

    The bestselling crime writer reflects on how Covid-19 may alter the landscape of promotional book tours­—and shares a tale or two of tours past...... Read more

  • Prime position

    By Philip Jones

    Editor at The Bookseller

    This week, we kick off our annual Review of the Year features that look to analyse the performance of the market, including the books, authors... Read more

  • A hunger for personalisation

    Nick Ponting C.e.o. of Hacche Online Ltd

    Personalised books, created via an app or online, are increasingly popular – just look at the success of Wonderbly or Penwizard. It seems strange, then, that... Read more

  • Confronting the backlist

    Anmol Irfan Journalist and writer

    Books were a major part of my life growing up, and still are. I remember having a recent conversation with someone about horses, where I... Read more

  • Not a clean break

    Eva Ferri Publisher at Europa Editions UK

    Europa Editions UK. In these days, even without a global pandemic, a company with a name like that would have to be of the adventurous... Read more

  • Reality rites

    By Philip Jones

    Editor at The Bookseller

    This time last year, as we headed into 2020, I wondered why the trade was so hesitant about championing itself: after a largely successful decade... Read more

  • Lockdown made our library better

    Marion Tessier Librarian at Kingston Libraries

    My name is Marion Tessier and I work at Kingston Libraries.  This year has been really stressful but also very exciting. I had the opportunity... Read more

  • New horizons

    Amy McPherson Travel writer

    As I stand in front of my bookshelf, staring longingly at the rows of travel guidebooks collected over the years, I let out a sigh... Read more

  • A love letter to European literature

    Sharmaine Lovegrove Publisher at Dialogue Books

    Aged 15 I got a Christmas job at my local bookshop in Battersea so I could save to go interrailing. My parents’ bookshelves were brimming... 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