Blogs

  • Pay the writer

    Nels Abbey Author and founder of Black Writers Guild

    I’m currently reading Capitalism’s Toxic Assumptions (Bloomsbury, 2015) by the brilliant writer, Eve Poole. The book meticulously slays capitalism’s dragons in fairy dresses: the assumptions... Read more

  • Cry freedom

    By Philip Jones

    Editor at The Bookseller

    Not many would have predicted back in March 2020 that 16 months on from the first national lockdown we would only now be slowly, hesitantly,... Read more

  • The real data behind BookTok

    Chris Stokel-Walker Journalist and author

    Just before Christmas 2019, a friend who worked at a major UK publisher messaged me to ask whether I could help advise them on how... Read more

  • Bookshops unmasked

    Penny Batchelor Author

    July 19th was hailed as ‘Freedom Day’ in the press for the easing of mask wearing restrictions. But freedom for whom?  With the government saying... Read more

  • Spreading the words

    Allie Esiri Poetry curator and CLiPPA judge

    It was an honour to be invited by CLPE to be the chair of the judging panel for this year’s CLiPPA(CLPE Children’s Poetry Award). The CLiPPA is the UK’s only... Read more

  • Time for tea

    Jared Shurin Marketing strategist

    I am a regular reader of @PublishingTea. This is a pastime I share with many others. The stories shared by this anonymously-curated Twitter... Read more

  • Bookselling unmasked

    By Benedicte Page

    Deputy Editor at The Bookseller

    If 2020’s UK print book sales were buoyant, the first half of 2021 looks to have been still better—as far as can be deduced given... Read more

  • Money money money

    Nelle Andrew Agent at RML

    I remember very clearly the day I moved from being poor to being broke. Pause; let’s stop there. Being poor is immovable; it doesn’t ebb... Read more

  • Star power

    By Benedicte Page

    Deputy Editor at The Bookseller

    This year’s class of Rising Stars arrives as a welcome boost in what, on the national stage, has been another tough week heralding much uncertainty ahead.... Read more

  • The essential alliance

    David Annand Author

    One of the great joys of browsing for books in an actual bricks-and-mortar shop is the serendipity of it; the way you can go in... Read more

  • A long way to go

    Stewart Hotston Author and Arthur C Clarke Award judge

    Representation matters. Last year, using the 2020 Arthur C. Clarke Award submission list, I wrote about the problems facing the genre publishing industry here... Read more

  • Why booksellers are winning

    Mark Pilkington Author

    The recent success of the Independent Booksellers Week has underlined the extraordinary achievement of owner-operated book stores in the face of the lockdowns. During the... Read more

  • Diversification and dirty words

    Anna Vaught Author

    If you are making a living from your writing, that is marvellous, but for everyone else, keep the day job. Perhaps you saw The... Read more

  • Engaging English

    By Benedicte Page

    Deputy Editor at The Bookseller

    There’s a feeling of real energy and momentum to the Lit in Colour: Diversity in Literature in English Schools report released this week, from research... Read more

  • Judging in a pandemic

    Simon Savidge BookTuber and judge

    Over the last 15 months during the pandemic my reading has been all over the shop. Sometimes I have almost been unable to put a... Read more

The Official UK CHART

  1. 1.
    The Man Who Died Twice
    by Richard Osman
  2. 2.
    And Away...
    by Bob Mortimer
  3. 3.
    The Thursday Murder Club
    by Richard Osman
  4. 4.
    Beautiful World, Where Are You
    by Sally Rooney
  5. 5.
    Together
    by Jamie Oliver
  6. 6.
    An Innocent Baby
    by Cathy Glass
  7. 7.
    This Much is True
    by Miriam Margolyes
  8. 8.
    Family Comforts
    by Rebecca Wilson
  9. 9.
    The Midnight Library
    by Matt Haig
  10. 10.
    Big Panda and Tiny Dragon
    by James Norbury