• Virtual, hybrid, live: what next for book events?

    By Alex Fane

    Managing director at Fane Productions

    As has been widely reported over the past few weeks, the coronavirus pandemic has caused continued closures of theatre and performing arts venues, with potentially... Read more

  • A killer time for crime

    By Izzie Price

    Writer at Freelance

    As thoughtful citizens we are hemmed in now by gigantic problems that appear as insoluble as they are menacing, so how pleasant it is... Read more

  • Doing the right thing

    By Philip Jones

    Editor at The Bookseller

    In his talk at the Independent Publishers Guild Spring Conference, held digitally and largely successfully this week, Bloomsbury chief executive Nigel Newton remarked on how... Read more

  • Remake, not return

    Stephen Page c.e.o. of Faber & Faber

    Reading patterns may have shifted during lockdown, but publishers must capitalise on the new opportunities and reappraise booksellers’ role. Read more

  • Lockdown diaries: the book marketer

    By Stevie Hopwood

    Senior marketing executive at Usborne

    If you’d asked me how I was coping a month ago, the truth would have been not so well actually. I let the anxiety that... Read more

  • Blackwell’s staff have lost our shops - but we leave with heads held high


    On the 1st of June, the day thousands of pupils returned to school as part of the government’s plan to end lockdown, I received a... Read more

  • 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

The Official UK CHART

  1. 1.
    Midnight Sun
    by Stephenie Meyer
  2. 2.
    The Giver of Stars
    by Jojo Moyes
  3. 3.
    Rowley Jefferson's Awesome Friendly Adventure
    by Jeff Kinney
  4. 4.
    The Body
    by Bill Bryson
  5. 5.
    The World’s Worst Parents
    by David Walliams; Tony Ross
  6. 6.
    Girl, Woman, Other
    by Bernardine Evaristo
  7. 7.
    The Last Widow
    by Karin Slaughter
  8. 8.
    Where the Crawdads Sing
    by Delia Owens
  9. 9.
    The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse
    by Charlie Mackesy
  10. 10.
    The Institute
    by Stephen King