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Issue 50 / December 2012

November 2009

No Country for Old Typewriters: A Well-Used One Heads to Auction

After five million or so words, Cormac McCarthy bids farewell to his portable Olivetti.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Monday, 30 November, 2009

Present-Day Soapbox for Voices of the Past (With a Web Site)

Lewis H. Lapham, the former editor of Harper’s magazine, takes on a new market and business model with his eponymous journal.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Monday, 30 November, 2009

Books of The Times: Bewitched by Bach, Bewildered by His Masterpiece

Eric Siblin combines high and low musical forms, art and political histories and matters of arcane musicology into a single inquisitive volume.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Monday, 30 November, 2009

Museums: For Poe, This Has Been the Year to Die For

Celebrations have been widespread and plentiful in the bicentennial of his birth, including two exhibits in Richmond, Va., where Poe spent nearly a third of his life.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Monday, 30 November, 2009

Katie Price 'drinks too much and sleeps with too many people', says Fay Weldon

Katie Price "drinks too much and sleeps with too many people and talks about it too much for common decency", according to feminist writer Fay Weldon.... More...

From: Telegraph Books

Monday, 30 November, 2009

Bookseller's debut novel wins John Llewellyn Rhys prize

Evie Wyld's After the Fire, a Still Small Voice beats Aravind Adiga and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie to £5,000 prizeEvie Wyld, a bookseller from south London, has won the 2009 John Llewellyn Rhys prize with a debut novel set in Vietnam... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Monday, 30 November, 2009

Shoppers flock to online checkouts like never before

• Internet retailers ready for a bumper Christmas• Books and iPods among the most popular buysOnline retailers are expecting bumper internet sales this Christmas with more shoppers than ever logging on to buy iPods and the latest Dan Brown novel.... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Monday, 30 November, 2009

Bad sex award goes to Jonathan Littell's The Kindly Ones

Bad sex judges pay tribute to 'part-genius' of winning novel and hope winner 'takes it in good humour'The American winner of the Prix Goncourt, Jonathan Littell, has added another feather to his cap. His novel, The Kindly Ones, was tonight... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Monday, 30 November, 2009

Bad Sex for Jonathan Littell

Jonathan Littell has beaten stiff competition...... More...

From: theBookseller.com

Monday, 30 November, 2009

Bookseller wins John Llewellyn Rhys Prize

A début author who works in the Review indie...... More...

From: theBookseller.com

Monday, 30 November, 2009

Thirty-six head office staff go at Borders

The administrators of Borders have made 36...... More...

From: theBookseller.com

Monday, 30 November, 2009

Geoffrey Moorhouse Funeral

The funeral of travel writer Geoffrey...... More...

From: theBookseller.com

Monday, 30 November, 2009

In full: Wirral library report

The Wirral libraries inquiry report,...... More...

From: theBookseller.com

Monday, 30 November, 2009

Ringing the changes: phone box becomes mini-library

Village that was set to lose its traditional red phone box and library service comes up with plan to save bothWhen the mobile library stopped visiting, it was a blow for the villagers of Westbury-sub-Mendip. And when they found out... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Monday, 30 November, 2009

Dennis launches App

Dennis Publishing has launched its first...... More...

From: theBookseller.com

Monday, 30 November, 2009

Publishers absorb implications of Borders loss

Hachette UK's deputy chief executive Peter...... More...

From: theBookseller.com

Monday, 30 November, 2009

Chris Schuler: 'The Queen's Necklace' - a rediscovered classic

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From: The Independent - News RSS Feed

Monday, 30 November, 2009

Fay Weldon says feminism has turned women into wage-slaves

Author and pioneer of the feminist movement claims that sexual equality has its drawbacks.... More...

From: Telegraph Books

Monday, 30 November, 2009

Jane Austen 'died of tuberculosis not hormonal disorder'

Jane Austen probably died of tuberculosis after drinking unpasteurised milk rather than falling victim to a rare hormonal disorder as is generally assumed, research shows.... More...

From: Telegraph Books

Monday, 30 November, 2009

'Twitter' declared top word of 2009

Global Language Monitor's vast survey of print and social media places Twitter ahead of Obama and H1N1 as most used wordAs world leaders prepare for the climate-change summit in Copenhagen and stock markets around the world get the Dubai shakes,... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Monday, 30 November, 2009

Breaking news: Wirral library report

The Wirral libraries inquiry report has found...... More...

From: theBookseller.com

Monday, 30 November, 2009

Bookseller of Peckham beats Aravind Adiga to novel award

A bookseller from Peckham has beaten recent winners of the Man Booker and Orange prizes to a highly regarded literary award for young authors.... More...

From: Telegraph Books

Monday, 30 November, 2009

Administrators begin 'closing down' sales at Borders UK

Borders UK launched a closing down sale this...... More...

From: theBookseller.com

Monday, 30 November, 2009

Quercus pays back funding amid year of strong growth

Quercus has fully repaid the the short-term...... More...

From: theBookseller.com

Monday, 30 November, 2009

Books of The Times: The Delicate Arithmetic of Love and Independence

Alice Munro’s latest collection features a high proportion of extreme situations and deeply troubled individuals.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Monday, 30 November, 2009

Britain's Royal Society puts rare scientific manuscripts online

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From: The Independent - News RSS Feed

Monday, 30 November, 2009

Mexican author Pacheco receives top Spanish literary prize

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From: The Independent - News RSS Feed

Monday, 30 November, 2009

Top 100 book lists: ideas for reading and gift-giving

The New York Times Book Review is the latest source to publish a Top 100 book list, following on the heels of Amazon.com, The Times (UK), The Telegraph, and many others. Picks for fiction and nonfiction, plus gift books,... More...

From: The Independent - News RSS Feed

Monday, 30 November, 2009

French university brings manuscripts of Stendhal into the 21st century

Website uses cutting-edge technology to place author's barely legible manuscripts next to scrupulous modern-day transcriptsHe was born before the French revolution, lived through the Napoleonic wars and died having spent his life documenting the anxieties and aspirations of a peculiarly... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Sunday, 29 November, 2009

Bookshelf | Looking at the City: 63 Windows and What They Show

Drawings of what 63 residents see from their windows, a history of women’s working conditions, and photographs from the Great Depression.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Saturday, 28 November, 2009

Significant (Little) Moments Pulled From Obscurity

Colum McCann, whose novel, “Let the Great World Spin,” won the National Book Award for fiction last week, finds inspiration by burrowing into lives unlike his own.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Saturday, 28 November, 2009

I'm a celebrity memoir...get me out of here!

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From: The Independent - News RSS Feed

Saturday, 28 November, 2009

Improv Tonight

The story of Chicago’s Second City comedy troupe, told through interviews with its acclaimed alumni.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 27 November, 2009

Google’s Earth

How the company shot to success, and why executives across industries are striking defensive poses.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 27 November, 2009

Alice Munro’s Object Lessons

Alice Munro’s new stories take on pulp fiction’s sensational subjects, and episodes of murder, suicide and adultery turn out to have far-reaching thematic reverberations.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 27 November, 2009

Couple’s Retreat

Jane Gardam revisits the complex marriage explored in her novel “Old Filth.”... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 27 November, 2009

You Be the Judge

A professor of government reviews what he has taught in one of the most popular courses at Harvard.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 27 November, 2009

The Story of a Landing

William Langewiesche argues that the plane itself deserves high credit for “the miracle on the Hudson.”... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 27 November, 2009

Southern Deviations

The reigning master of the legal thriller turns to the hallowed literary turf of the Mississippi Delta.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 27 November, 2009

All-female shortlist for BBC National Short Story award

Naomi Alderman, Kate Clanchy, Sara Maitland, Jane Rogers and Lionel Shriver contend for £15,000 prizeFrom the story of a family clash over cash by Lionel Shriver to Naomi Alderman's tale of a Jewish man who discovers an unforeseen devotion to... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Friday, 27 November, 2009

Letter From Istanbul: Mr. Pamuk’s Neighborhood

In fashionable Nisantasi, the kind of people featured in Orhan Pamuk’s new novel don’t always like the attention.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 27 November, 2009

Battling the Skeptics

Michael Specter takes on those he sees as denying science, from promoters of alternative medicines to anti-vaccine zealots.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 27 November, 2009

She Who Must Be Obeyed

This biography of Madame Chiang Kai-shek presents her as far more complicated, awful and brilliant than we had imagined.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 27 November, 2009

All-women shortlist for BBC Short Story Prize

An all-female shortlist has been revealed for...... More...

From: theBookseller.com

Friday, 27 November, 2009

One Moment in Time

The story of the 1968 Summer Olympics, when black American athletes took a stand.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 27 November, 2009

A New Nation

An account of America’s first quarter-century, presented with great insight and scholarship.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 27 November, 2009

Domestic Dysfunction

In this quietly devastating domestic novel, a facade of household perfection conceals a dark secret.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 27 November, 2009

Administrators announce Borders closing down sales

In a late development this evening, Borders...... More...

From: theBookseller.com

Friday, 27 November, 2009

When Detroit Never Slept

In this novel of midcentury Detroit, a young woman searches for authenticity and passion.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 27 November, 2009

Please Mr. Postman

This meditation on the art of letter-writing embraces old friends — Flaubert, Freud, the Mitfords — and plenty of unknowns.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 27 November, 2009

Paperback Row

Paperback books of particular interest.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 27 November, 2009

Administrators comb through Borders stock, staff left 'disappointed'

Administrators have begun assessing the value...... More...

From: theBookseller.com

Friday, 27 November, 2009

Editors’ Choice

Recently reviewed books of particular interest.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 27 November, 2009

Publishers say Borders exposure 'minimised'

Publishers have limited their exposure to...... More...

From: theBookseller.com

Friday, 27 November, 2009

TBR: Inside the List

Planning on stimulating the literary economy this holiday season but at a loss for ideas? We asked a few best-selling novelists what books they’ll be giving as gifts this year.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 27 November, 2009

Nelson Mandela 'fake foreword' in Congo president's book were his words

The Nelson Mandela Foundation has threatened legal action against the president of Congo-Brazzaville after he claimed the foreword of his new book had been penned by the anti-apartheid leader.... More...

From: Telegraph Books

Friday, 27 November, 2009

L,B signs two from journalist

Little, Brown has signed a two-book deal for...... More...

From: theBookseller.com

Friday, 27 November, 2009

Abacus goes modern

Abacus has acquired "a perfectly pitched...... More...

From: theBookseller.com

Friday, 27 November, 2009

Fig Tree snaps up Hunt début

Juliet Annan at Fig Tree has bought a début...... More...

From: theBookseller.com

Friday, 27 November, 2009

Oneworld signs "moneyless man"

A man who has lived for a year without using...... More...

From: theBookseller.com

Friday, 27 November, 2009

Borders 'unlikely' to be resupplied with book stock

Borders UK is "unlikely" to be resupplied...... More...

From: theBookseller.com

Friday, 27 November, 2009

Holiday Gift Guide: Unforgettable Books for Those You Remember

The New York Times’s book critics share their favorites from the last year.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 27 November, 2009

Weekly book agenda: UK's 'most enjoyable' reads, comics festival in France

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From: The Independent - News RSS Feed

Friday, 27 November, 2009

Nelson Mandela's 'bogus' endorsement of African leader was real – but old

• Mandela foundation forced into embarrassing climbdown over book• Congo-Brazzaville president used 1996 speech in foreword... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Thursday, 26 November, 2009

Paperback Nonfiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. THE BLIND SIDE, by Michael Lewis2. FREAKONOMICS, by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner3. THREE CUPS OF TEA, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin4. THE GLASS CASTLE, by Jeannette Walls5. BLINK, by Malcolm... More...

From: NYT > Books

Thursday, 26 November, 2009

Paperback Mass-Market Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. THE ASSOCIATE, by John Grisham2. LAVENDER MORNING, by Jude Deveraux3. CROSS COUNTRY, by James Patterson4. YOUR HEART BELONGS TO ME, by Dean Koontz5. TOM CLANCY’S SPLINTER CELL: CONVICTION, by David Michaels... More...

From: NYT > Books

Thursday, 26 November, 2009

Paperback Trade Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. PUSH, by Sapphire2. BED OF ROSES, by Nora Roberts3. THE SHACK, by William P. Young4. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, by Stieg Larsson5. OLIVE KITTERIDGE, by Elizabeth Strout... More...

From: NYT > Books

Thursday, 26 November, 2009

Hardcover Nonfiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. GOING ROGUE, by Sarah Palin2. OPEN, by Andre Agassi3. HAVE A LITTLE FAITH, by Mitch Albom4. ARGUING WITH IDIOTS, written and edited by Glenn Beck, Kevin Balfe and others5. A SIMPLE CHRISTMAS, by Mike Huckabee... More...

From: NYT > Books

Thursday, 26 November, 2009

Hardcover Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. I, ALEX CROSS, by James Patterson2. UNDER THE DOME, by Stephen King3. THE LOST SYMBOL, by Dan Brown4. FORD COUNTY, by John Grisham5. THE HELP, by Kathryn Stockett... More...

From: NYT > Books

Thursday, 26 November, 2009

Borders in administration: official

MCR has been appointed administrators of...... More...

From: theBookseller.com

Thursday, 26 November, 2009

Borders in administration: comments thread

We are keeping this thread open and on the...... More...

From: theBookseller.com

Thursday, 26 November, 2009

Brooke Magnanti says she misses parts of old Belle de Jour life

Sex blogger Brooke Magnanti says in TV interview she was relieved at her unmasking as Belle de JourThe research scientist who outed herself as the anonymous sex blogger Belle de Jour has said she misses parts of her old life... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Thursday, 26 November, 2009

Herta Müller 'has a psychosis', claims Romanian agent who spied on her

Former head of Securitate claims Nobel prize-winning author 'has no contact with external reality'A former member of the Romanian secret police has launched a blistering attack on the Nobel prize winning writer Herta Müller.... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Thursday, 26 November, 2009

Literate people 'should boycott books', says Murdoch biographer

Michael Wolff asks readers to stop buying ghostwritten 'brand enhancers' until publishers reform their outputRupert Murdoch's biographer Michael Wolff has called on "literate people" to boycott books until publishers stop bringing out ghostwritten memoirs by the likes of Sarah Palin.... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Thursday, 26 November, 2009

Flooded bookshop could be closed for nine months

The New Bookshop in Cockermouth is hoping to...... More...

From: theBookseller.com

Thursday, 26 November, 2009

BDO pulls out from Borders advice role over 'conflict of interest'

Accountancy firm BDO has said that it will...... More...

From: theBookseller.com

Thursday, 26 November, 2009

Online game for Ripley

Random House Books has commissioned its first...... More...

From: theBookseller.com

Thursday, 26 November, 2009

Hamilton wins William Hill prize again

Duncan Hamilton has won the William Hill...... More...

From: theBookseller.com

Thursday, 26 November, 2009

Random US expands generic Christmas books campaign

Random House US is expanding the generic...... More...

From: theBookseller.com

Thursday, 26 November, 2009

BDO pulls out from Borders advice role over 'conflict of interest'

Accountancy firm BDO has said that it will...... More...

From: theBookseller.com

Thursday, 26 November, 2009

Borders future in chaos as administrators pull out at last minute

Accountants BDO Stoy Hayward cite 'a conflict' over taking control of the book chainThe future of Borders was plunged into fresh uncertainty today when the administrators lined up to take control of the troubled book chain pulled out.... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Thursday, 26 November, 2009

Update: Borders UK appoints administrators

Note: This is an updated version of the story...... More...

From: theBookseller.com

Thursday, 26 November, 2009

Palin's Going Rogue hits top spot in US

Sarah Palin's much-anticipated memoir, Going...... More...

From: theBookseller.com

Thursday, 26 November, 2009

BDO denies Borders administration story

BDO Stoy Hayward has denied that Borders UK...... More...

From: theBookseller.com

Thursday, 26 November, 2009

Hodder's Booth buys Stephen Gately's novel

Hodder & Stoughton publisher Mark Booth has...... More...

From: theBookseller.com

Thursday, 26 November, 2009

Borders UK enters administration

Borders UK has entered administration,...... More...

From: theBookseller.com

Thursday, 26 November, 2009

From Footnote to Fame in Civil Rights History

Claudette Colvin, who resisted unfair treatment on an Alabama bus nine months before Rosa Parks, lived an unheralded life until a recent book highlighted her story.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Thursday, 26 November, 2009

Waldo Hunt, King of the Pop-Up Book, Dies at 88

An advertising man turned novelty-book packager, Mr. Hunt was almost single-handedly responsible for the postwar revival of the pop-up book in the United States.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Thursday, 26 November, 2009

Books of The Times: Limelight Lives, Burned by Booze

A rowdy collection of riotous tales about four of the British Isles’ most stylish drunken actors: Richard Burton, Richard Harris, Peter O’Toole and Oliver Reed.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Thursday, 26 November, 2009

Brooke Magnanti, better known as call girl Belle de Jour, 'misses being a prostitute'

Brooke Magnanti to contact police after ex-boyfriend's "physical threat".... More...

From: Telegraph Books

Thursday, 26 November, 2009

Sarah Palin memoir tops US book sales

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Thursday, 26 November, 2009

'Going Rogue' Goes to Top of Book Sales Chart

The newly released memoir by Sarah Palin sold 469,000 copies in its first week of release, putting it ahead of new releases from authors like James Patterson and Stephen King.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Wednesday, 25 November, 2009

BDO poised with decision on Borders 'imminent'

Borders UK looks likely to go into...... More...

From: theBookseller.com

Wednesday, 25 November, 2009

Fiona Phillips to write book about Alzheimer's

Fiona Phillips resigned from GMTV last year to spend more time with her family, and, unlike many politicians when they employ the phrase, she clearly meant it.... More...

From: Telegraph Books

Wednesday, 25 November, 2009

Historic Paine deed falls out of 18th century novel

Rediscovered legal document not only dissolved the marriage of Thomas Paine but gave him cash in hand to buy his ticket to AmericaA torn sheet of 18th century  paper which tumbled out of a novel by Tobias Smollett found in... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Wednesday, 25 November, 2009

Publishers working on lifeline for Borders UK

The Publishers Association has established a...... More...

From: theBookseller.com

Wednesday, 25 November, 2009

Ebury promotes Telfer, Goodfellow

Ebury has promoted Hannah Telfer and Andrew...... More...

From: theBookseller.com

Wednesday, 25 November, 2009

Myriad Editions buys bold debut

Myriad Editions has bought a "bold" debut...... More...

From: theBookseller.com

Wednesday, 25 November, 2009

To Hell with Publishing launches bookshop

Independent publisher To Hell with Publishing...... More...

From: theBookseller.com

Wednesday, 25 November, 2009

Blackwell names top 10 titles of the decade

Titles by Ian McEwan, Richard Dawkins and...... More...

From: theBookseller.com

Wednesday, 25 November, 2009

Spring release for library review

Culture minister Margaret Hodge is to launch...... More...

From: theBookseller.com

Wednesday, 25 November, 2009

Ronan to front BBC's "My Story"

Boyzone singer Ronan Keating, "The One Show"...... More...

From: theBookseller.com

Wednesday, 25 November, 2009

Tesco book discount offer: An Equal Stillness by Francesca Kay

Enjoy our 'Recommended Book of the Week' - The Return - for only £2.99 in a Tesco store near you from Thursday, November 19, 2009.... More...

From: Telegraph Books

Wednesday, 25 November, 2009

Stephen King plots The Shining sequel

Horror writer Stephen King has revealed that a sequel to The Shining would focus on a 40-year-old Danny TorranceJack Torrance's little boy Danny was last seen recuperating in Maine after escaping the insane evil of the Overlook Hotel, but Stephen... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Wednesday, 25 November, 2009

Publishers in the dark over Borders' future as payment deadline passes

Publishers are waiting for news on Borders,...... More...

From: theBookseller.com

Wednesday, 25 November, 2009

Kindle bestsellers: 'I, Alex Cross,' three Stephenie Meyer titles in top ten

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Wednesday, 25 November, 2009

Costa Book Awards shortlists revealed: Booker Prize-winner in the running

Costa Awards are given annually to authors based in the United Kingdom and Ireland for what the jury deems the "most enjoyable books of the year." On November 24, shortlists for the 2009 awards were announced. Novel award finalists... More...

From: The Independent - News RSS Feed

Wednesday, 25 November, 2009

Two novels by Nobel Prize-winner Müller set for English publication

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From: The Independent - News RSS Feed

Wednesday, 25 November, 2009

China backs writers in fight against Google Books

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Wednesday, 25 November, 2009

Books of The Times: Power and Style, in the Ring and the World

Wil Haygood’s biography of Sugar Ray Robinson captures the great midcentury boxer’s grace and power as well as it’s been captured.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Tuesday, 24 November, 2009

Two dead authors in line for Costa Prize

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From: The Independent - News RSS Feed

Tuesday, 24 November, 2009

Little-known novelist vies with big names for Costa prize

Christopher Nicholson's The Elephant Keeper goes up against Hilary Mantel, Colm Tóibín and Penelope Lively in shortlist for £5,000 awardA touching story of an 18th-century boy's love affair with an elephant, which has so far attracted little critical attention, has... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Tuesday, 24 November, 2009

Borders suspends website orders increasing administration fears

• Bookshop chain cancels author signing• At least three distributors have stopped supplying retailerThere were further fears for the future of Bordertonight after the struggling book and music retailer closed its website to new orders and cancelled at least one... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Tuesday, 24 November, 2009

Books: They Died, and Lived to Tell All About It

A new book about the “gray zone” between life and death.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Tuesday, 24 November, 2009

Costa Book Awards 2009: the shortlist

There are five categories in the Costa Book Awards 2009: for best novel, first novel, biography, poetry and children's book. The winners of each category will be announced on January 5 and the overall winner on January 26.... More...

From: Telegraph Books

Tuesday, 24 November, 2009

Clive James nominated for Costa book award

Clive James, best known as a broadcaster and writer of memoirs, has finally received recognition as a poet after being nominated for the Costa book prize.... More...

From: Telegraph Books

Tuesday, 24 November, 2009

Mantel shortlisted for Costa Prize

Hilary Mantel’s Man Booker-winning novel has...... More...

From: theBookseller.com

Tuesday, 24 November, 2009

Celebrity fight-back begins as book sales rise

Book sales began to haul in some Christmas...... More...

From: theBookseller.com

Tuesday, 24 November, 2009

Hodgkinson wins Titchmarsh contest

A real-life story of a "mother's world turned...... More...

From: theBookseller.com

Tuesday, 24 November, 2009

Hodder-Williams and Morpeth step up, but Headline faces job cuts

Hachette UK has announced a large-scale...... More...

From: theBookseller.com

Tuesday, 24 November, 2009

Roberto Bolaño 'would much rather have been a murder cop'

'I'd could come back to the scene of the crime alone, by night,' posthumously acclaimed Chilean author reveals in newly translated interviews"I would like to have been a homicide detective, much more than being a writer," said acclaimed Chilean author... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Tuesday, 24 November, 2009

BBC Trust stands firm over Lonely Planet

The BBC Trust has rejected calls for BBC...... More...

From: theBookseller.com

Tuesday, 24 November, 2009

Tintin's 3D adventures to land in 2011, says Peter Jackson

Steven Spielberg's 3D adaptation of Tintin will take two years in post-production before it hits cinema screens, says producer Peter JacksonSteven Spielberg's 3D adaptation of Tintin is in the can, but it will be another two years before anyone sees... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Tuesday, 24 November, 2009

Cockermouth bookshop left "devastated" by floodwaters

The New Bookshop in Cockermouth has been left...... More...

From: theBookseller.com

Tuesday, 24 November, 2009

Random House signs Simon Heffer

Random House has acquired the rights to a...... More...

From: theBookseller.com

Tuesday, 24 November, 2009

H&S signs The Saturdays

Hodder & Stoughton has acquired book by...... More...

From: theBookseller.com

Tuesday, 24 November, 2009

Five flip-books named for World Book Day

Titles about dinosaurs, witches, ballerinas...... More...

From: theBookseller.com

Tuesday, 24 November, 2009

Online petition against Digital Economy Bill gains ground

 More than 15,000 people have signed a...... More...

From: theBookseller.com

Tuesday, 24 November, 2009

Cockermouth bookshop left "devastated" by floodwaters

The New Bookshop in Cockermouth has been left...... More...

From: theBookseller.com

Tuesday, 24 November, 2009

Quango scrutiny for MLA and Arts Council England

A new Local Government Association (LGA)...... More...

From: theBookseller.com

Tuesday, 24 November, 2009

Digital Economy Bill may hit agents, say lawyers

Agents and some publishers may need to...... More...

From: theBookseller.com

Tuesday, 24 November, 2009

'The Future of the Book' among 2009 FIL forums

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Tuesday, 24 November, 2009

Book Calls Jewish People an ‘Invention’

The book by Shlomo Sand, which mixes respected scholarship with dubious theories, spent months on the best-seller list in Israel and is now available in English.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Monday, 23 November, 2009

Popular Author’s Audiobook Tries a New Format: Vinyl

David Sedaris’s publisher was drawn to the quirky idea of offering his “Live for Your Listening Pleasure” in a limited album format.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Monday, 23 November, 2009

Third distributor suspends supply with Borders

A third distributor has suspended supplies...... More...

From: theBookseller.com

Monday, 23 November, 2009

Kerr MacRae joins Simon & Schuster as executive director

Kerr MacRae, Headline's deputy managing...... More...

From: theBookseller.com

Monday, 23 November, 2009

Books of The Times: The Voice That Helped Remake Culture

Terry Teachout’s biography restores Louis Armstrong to his deserved place in the pantheon of American artists.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Monday, 23 November, 2009

Sarah Palin's Going Rogue going great guns at the tills

Former vice-presidential candidate's memoir racks up 300,000 sales on its first day in shopsSarah Palin's memoir, Going Rogue, has become one of the bestselling non-fiction books in history after it sold 300,000 copies in its first day on sale.... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Monday, 23 November, 2009

Speculation mounts as Borders is put up for sale

Borders UK is once again the subject of...... More...

From: theBookseller.com

Monday, 23 November, 2009

Borders UK stops taking customer orders

Borders' website has stopped taking customer...... More...

From: theBookseller.com

Monday, 23 November, 2009

Son Objects to Moving Camus’s Remains

President Nicolas Sarkozy wants to transfer the remains of the writer Albert Camus to one of the most hallowed burial places in France, but the plan has run into opposition from the Nobel laureate’s son.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Monday, 23 November, 2009

FEP still has 'serious concerns' over Google deal

The Federation of European Publishers has...... More...

From: theBookseller.com

Monday, 23 November, 2009

Richard Milner joins Quercus

Quercus has appointed Richard Milner as...... More...

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Monday, 23 November, 2009

Arts, Briefly: Oxfam and Booksellers Agree to Plan

According to The Guardian, representatives from Oxfam, the Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association and the Antiquarian Booksellers Association met to create a plan to help redirect business back to local secondhand booksellers.... More...

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Monday, 23 November, 2009

Books of The Times: Vile Heroes and High-Seas Swagger

“Pirate Latitudes” has unremarkable ambitions, standard genre flourishes and the stiff, uncomfortable tone of early work.... More...

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Monday, 23 November, 2009

Rare Darwin book found on toilet bookcase

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Monday, 23 November, 2009

'Three Cups of Tea' sequel out December 1

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Monday, 23 November, 2009

Noted translator of Chinese classics dies at 94

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Monday, 23 November, 2009

Demons and beefcake – the other side of Francis Bacon

The territories of Francis Bacon's soul have been explored widely; they have been the subject of a film, books and endless speculation. But the senior art historian John Richardson – who, at 85, is working on the last volume of... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Sunday, 22 November, 2009

Sado-masochism and stolen shoe polish: Francis Bacon's legacy revisited

Art historian John Richardson's revelations on the troubled artist he knew as a young manFrancis Bacon's was a life lived to extravagant extremes. His drunken excesses in the Colony Room Club in Soho; his carnivalesque, ruinous generosity; the formative occasion... More...

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Sunday, 22 November, 2009

Enthusiasm for Palin, and Echoes of 2008 Divide

On her book tour, Sarah Palin has skipped the big cities authors usually visit in favor of smaller places where she and Senator John McCain performed well in 2008.... More...

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Sunday, 22 November, 2009

Nicolas Sarkozy provokes French left by honouring Albert Camus

• 'Anti-intellectual' leader accused of point-scoring• Author's admirers wary of posthumous recognition... More...

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Sunday, 22 November, 2009

Philip Larkin's love for mother and father shown in letters

He has become known for having a frosty relationship with his parents summed up by one of his most famous lines which suggested they had ruined his life.... More...

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Sunday, 22 November, 2009

Friedrich von Schiller: the Romantic lover

Film and biographies mark 250th anniversary of passionate 'Ode to Joy' poet... More...

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Sunday, 22 November, 2009

Celebrity actors lend their voices to Audio Bible project

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Sunday, 22 November, 2009

Plotting Thrillers in the Fog of China

So much of what is known of China’s beating Communist heart is guesswork. But not for the spy novelist.... More...

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Saturday, 21 November, 2009

Disturbing the Comfortable

Stories rooted in horror, fable and fairy tale, by the Russian writer Ludmilla Petrushevskaya.... More...

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Saturday, 21 November, 2009

Double Agency

In this novel, British and American spies clash in the buildup to the Beijing Olympics.... More...

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Saturday, 21 November, 2009

Martin Amis: the sexual revolution killed my sister Sally

Martin Amis has claimed that the sexual revolution played a pivotal part in the destruction of his sister Sally who became "one of its most spectacular victims".... More...

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Saturday, 21 November, 2009

Return to Progress

Collected columns denouncing the Bush wars and tax cuts and recounting the fits of nerves that President Obama coolly overcomes.... More...

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Saturday, 21 November, 2009

Jung’s 'The Red Book' out of the vault and inspiring dialogue

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Saturday, 21 November, 2009

Google books hearing set for February 18

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Saturday, 21 November, 2009

The Pain That Binds

In this novel, a girl’s disappearance sets off ripples of grief in a small South Dakota town.... More...

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Friday, 20 November, 2009

Andre Agassi’s Hate of the Game

Bracingly devoid of triumphalist homily, Andre Agassi’s is one of the most passionately anti-sports books ever written by a superstar athlete.... More...

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Friday, 20 November, 2009

Raymond Carver’s Life and Stories

Carol Sklenicka’s biography and a long-overdue “Collected Stories” spotlight Carver’s growth as a writer and illuminate his poisonous relationship with the editor Gordon Lish.... More...

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Friday, 20 November, 2009

Taking No Prisoners

A historical novel about the ferocious Confederate general Nathan Bedford Forrest and the slaves who followed him.... More...

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Friday, 20 November, 2009

Into the West

A thorough, well-wrought political history of James K. Polk’s presidency and the triumph of Manifest Destiny.... More...

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Friday, 20 November, 2009

Paperback Row

Paperback books of particular interest.... More...

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Friday, 20 November, 2009

Word Made Flesh

Questions for, quibbles with and tributes to the sometimes inscrutable protagonist of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.... More...

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Friday, 20 November, 2009

Editors’ Choice

Recently reviewed books of particular interest.... More...

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Friday, 20 November, 2009

TBR: Inside the List

I’m a sucker for tales of extreme weather, so my curiosity was piqued by Linda Howard’s “Ice,” new at No. 8 on the hardcover fiction list.... More...

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Friday, 20 November, 2009

Crossroads: How Can We Help the World’s Poor?

Humanitarians are fiercely divided about what helps poor people. It’s clear that doing good is harder than it looks.... More...

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Friday, 20 November, 2009

Fiction Chronicle

Books by Janet Skeslien Charles, Robert Hicks, Anita Diamant, N. M. Kelby and Rebecca Stott.... More...

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Friday, 20 November, 2009

A Soldier’s Story

A writer revisits the 1918 battle that left its mark on his grandfather.... More...

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Friday, 20 November, 2009

A Jaundiced View

The lives — as well as the livers — of the characters in Will Self’s beguiling linked stories are in very bad shape indeed.... More...

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Friday, 20 November, 2009

My True Story

A history of memoir, from St. Augustine to James Frey.... More...

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Friday, 20 November, 2009

Haleh Esfandiari: Prisoner of Tehran

A love of Iran underlies a scholar’s memoir of surreal interrogation and solitary confinement in Tehran.... More...

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Friday, 20 November, 2009

WHS 'walks away' from Borders deal, as distributor cuts off supply

At least one major distributor has ceased...... More...

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Friday, 20 November, 2009

Flooding fears for Cumbrian booksellers

Fears are growing for a bookshop in...... More...

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Friday, 20 November, 2009

Martin Amis says new novel will get him 'in trouble with the feminists'

Author expects criticism of The Pregnant Widow, but insists it's "actually a very feminist book" that shows how his sister fell victim to the sexual revolutionMartin Amis's new novel The Pregnant Widow will explore his belief that the apparent freedom... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Friday, 20 November, 2009

Oxfam seeks peace with secondhand booksellers

Charity has agreed to work with professional dealers in valuing rare stockOxfam has attempted to patch up its differences with secondhand booksellers after they accused the charity of driving them out of business in the Guardian this August.... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Friday, 20 November, 2009

Reichs to write teen thrillers

In the latest example of an author extending...... More...

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Friday, 20 November, 2009

"Buzzing" Bill Turnbull to Sphere

Sphere has has bought the rights to a...... More...

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Friday, 20 November, 2009

Blake signs Sadie Frost's 'amazing story'

John Blake has acquired an autobiography by...... More...

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Friday, 20 November, 2009

Piatkus wins Angel's Journal at auction

Piatkus has fought off competition from three...... More...

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Friday, 20 November, 2009

Granta acquires two from Chris Adrian

Granta Books commissioning editor Michal...... More...

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Friday, 20 November, 2009

Belle de Jour 'calls in police' after exboyfriend's internet rant

Brooke Magnanti the research scientist better known as the £300anhour call girl Belle de Jour has said she will contact police after her exboyfriend made a "physical threat" to her current lover in a rambling internet blog.... More...

From: Telegraph Books

Friday, 20 November, 2009

Government piracy plans forge ahead

The government is recommending changes to the...... More...

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Friday, 20 November, 2009

Oprah Winfrey to announce her talkshow is ending

Ratings powerhouse to close in 2011, allowing Oprah to concentrate on her own cable channelAfter more than 20 years in which Oprah Winfrey shook up the medium of the daytime talkshow, rising to become a ratings and cultural powerhouse, she... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Friday, 20 November, 2009

Weekly book agenda: Guadalajara book fair, popular new releases

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Friday, 20 November, 2009

Michael Crichton's 'Pirate Latitudes' published posthumously

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Friday, 20 November, 2009

Paperback Nonfiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. THE BLIND SIDE, by Michael Lewis2. THREE CUPS OF TEA, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin3. OUR CHOICE, by Al Gore4. FREAKONOMICS, by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner5. THE GLASS CASTLE, by... More...

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Thursday, 19 November, 2009

Paperback Mass-Market Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. THE ASSOCIATE, by John Grisham2. CROSS COUNTRY, by James Patterson3. BORN OF FIRE, by Sherrilyn Kenyon4. YOUR HEART BELONGS TO ME, by Dean Koontz5. TOM CLANCY’S SPLINTER CELL: CONVICTION, by David Michaels... More...

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Thursday, 19 November, 2009

Paperback Trade Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. PUSH, by Sapphire2. BED OF ROSES, by Nora Roberts3. SAY YOU'RE ONE OF THEM, by Uwem Akpan4. THE SHACK, by William P. Young5. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, by Stieg Larsson... More...

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Thursday, 19 November, 2009

Hardcover Nonfiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. OPEN, by Andre Agassi2. HAVE A LITTLE FAITH, by Mitch Albom3. A SIMPLE CHRISTMAS, by Mike Huckabee4. SUPERFREAKONOMICS, by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner5. WHAT THE DOG SAW, by Malcolm Gladwell... More...

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Thursday, 19 November, 2009

Books of The Times: ‘You Know That Chicken Is Chicken, Right?’

Jonathan Safran Foer uses his literary gifts to give the reader some very visceral, very gruesome descriptions of factory farming and the slaughterhouse.... More...

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Thursday, 19 November, 2009

Hardcover Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. UNDER THE DOME, by Stephen King2. THE LOST SYMBOL, by Dan Brown3. FORD COUNTY, by John Grisham4. THE HELP, by Kathryn Stockett5. THE LACUNA, by Barbara Kingsolver... More...

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Thursday, 19 November, 2009

Portobello Books signs up Herta Müller's new novel

Independent publisher sees off competition in fierce auction for rights to Nobel winnerNobel laureate Herta Müller's new novel Atemschaukel, which follows the story of a German-Romanian teenager deported to a Ukrainian labour camp, will be published in the UK next... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Thursday, 19 November, 2009

Sadie Frost signs deal to tell 'everything' about her life with Jude Law

The "kissandtell" interview that Samantha Burke the mother of Jude Law's love child gave Hello magazine may be the least of his worries. Mandrake can disclose that the actor's former wife Sadie Frost has signed a lucrative contract to write... More...

From: Telegraph Books

Thursday, 19 November, 2009

Voters Choose Flannery O'Connor in National Book Award Poll

In an online poll conducted by the National Book Foundation, the O'Connor collection "The Complete Stories" was named the best work to have won the National Book Award for fiction in the contest's 60-year history.... More...

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Thursday, 19 November, 2009

Genevieve Fox's Book Club

Does Adam Foulds's Bookershortlisted novel The Quickening Maze delight Genevieve Fox's Book Club? Or do they prefer Wolf Hall?... More...

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Thursday, 19 November, 2009

Joe Allston's Literary Diary

Our literary insider Joe Allston gets the gossip on the Google Book Settlement Andrew Motion's appointment as a Booker judge and beloved agent William Miller... More...

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Thursday, 19 November, 2009

Google still has 'de facto monopoly' over orphans, experts warn

A change of US law will be required for...... More...

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Thursday, 19 November, 2009

Libraries to offer NHS health guidance

The Society of Chief Librarians (SCL) has...... More...

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Thursday, 19 November, 2009

Corvus heads out West with new Parker series for 2010

Corvus will attempt to "reinvigorate" the...... More...

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Thursday, 19 November, 2009

Atlantic buys ‘epic’ Zhang

Atlantic Books has bought an "epic" novel by...... More...

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Thursday, 19 November, 2009

Research points up next targets for SRC

The library-based national Summer Reading...... More...

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Thursday, 19 November, 2009

Wm Heinemann tempts Fates

Jason Arthur, publishing director at...... More...

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Thursday, 19 November, 2009

Museum of storytelling planned for Oxford

Anonymous £2.5m donation paves the way for a major new children's attraction, due to open in 2014From Lewis Carroll's Wonderland to JRR Tolkien's Middle-earth, CS Lewis's Narnia and the parallel universes of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials, Oxford has played... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Thursday, 19 November, 2009

Colum McCann wins National Book award for fiction

Irish-born writer's novel Let the Great World Spin, focused on Philippe Petit's World Trade Centre tightrope walk, acclaimed as 'gravity-defying feat'Colum McCann won the fiction prize at the National Book awards in New York last night for his novel Let... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Thursday, 19 November, 2009

Velvet Underground members to reunite in New York

Three members of the pioneering band are to share a stage for the first time in more than a decade, discussing their 'music and legacy' at the New York Public LibraryThree members of the Velvet Underground are to reunite next... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Thursday, 19 November, 2009

Waterstone's rolls out secondhand bookstore

Waterstone's has become the latest online...... More...

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Thursday, 19 November, 2009

Lonely Planet on the box

Lonely Planet is 
planning a UK TV...... More...

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Thursday, 19 November, 2009

Short Books hopes topical postie prose will deliver

An elegy to a lost age of the postal service...... More...

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Thursday, 19 November, 2009

Sony pre-orders "exceed expectations"

Pre-order demand for Sony's Daily Edition...... More...

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Thursday, 19 November, 2009

Eason backtracks on planned wage cut

Irish bookseller Eason & Son has given up on...... More...

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Thursday, 19 November, 2009

Colum McCann Wins National Book Award

Colum McCann won for his novel “Let the Great World Spin,” while T.J. Stiles won in the nonfiction category.... More...

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Thursday, 19 November, 2009

Newly Released Books

Fiction by Penelope Lively, Ha Jin, Lauren Grodstein, Charles Cumming, Paul Auster and Jim Kokoris.... More...

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Thursday, 19 November, 2009

Books of The Times: The Queasy Side of Theodore Roosevelt’s Diplomatic Voyage

This incendiary new book angrily and persuasively connects Theodore Roosevelt’s noxious racial views to his foreign policy miscalculations in Asia.... More...

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Thursday, 19 November, 2009

Colum McCann wins major US fiction prize

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Thursday, 19 November, 2009

'Twilight' author, Stephenie Meyer is America’s JK Rowling

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Thursday, 19 November, 2009

Former UK Poet Laureate to chair 2010 Man Booker jury

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Thursday, 19 November, 2009

Orhan Pamuk, Ray Bradbury to lead FIL international programs

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Thursday, 19 November, 2009

Atheist author Philip Pullman writes alternative ending for Jesus in Bible

Pullman writes his own version of the New Testament in which the story of Jesus is given a "different ending".... More...

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Wednesday, 18 November, 2009

Library Leader in Era of Change to Step Down

Paul LeClerc announced that he would step down as president of the New York Public Library in 2011.... More...

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Wednesday, 18 November, 2009

National Book Awards: Conflict of Interest Question Arises in Young Readers' Category

A blogger and former book review editor has questioned whether one of the judges on the panel that will select the award for Young People's Literature has a conflict of interest with one of the candidates for the award.... More...

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Wednesday, 18 November, 2009

F.B.I. Kept File on Studs Terkel

While Studs Terkel was following around musicians, baseball players and other hardworking Americans in the course of his journalistic duties, it turns out that Mr. Terkel was being followed himself.... More...

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Wednesday, 18 November, 2009

How far should an author's reputation depend on the values of today?

Neil Gaiman was attacked by fans for professing that Rudyard Kipling - the first Briton ever to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature - was a literary hero of his.... More...

From: Telegraph Books

Wednesday, 18 November, 2009

Politically incorrect children's authors

Rudyard Kipling is not the only children's author whose reputation has been examined under the microscope of political correctness... More...

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Wednesday, 18 November, 2009

Coraline author Neil Gaiman received 'hate mail' for liking Rudyard Kipling

Neil Gaiman the author behind the surprise film hit Coraline received "hate mail" for professing that Rudyard Kipling was one of his literary heroes.... More...

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Wednesday, 18 November, 2009

Cellphone Apps Challenge the Rise of E-Readers

Some readers prefer the convenience of small-screen smartphones to e-readers.... More...

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Wednesday, 18 November, 2009

Librarians must 'maintain order’ in digital world

Librarians will have just as important a role...... More...

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Wednesday, 18 November, 2009

Cave, Roth and Oz up for Bad Sex

The Bad Sex Award continues to be no...... More...

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Wednesday, 18 November, 2009

Neil Gaiman's Graveyard Book buried under awards

As the fantasy world's renaissance man collects yet another award, he talks to Michelle PauliNeil Gaiman's sweep of this year's children's fiction prizes with The Graveyard Book continued today after the Booktrust teenage prize came his way at a ceremony... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Wednesday, 18 November, 2009

S&S acquires two from Waterstone's winner

Simon & Schuster Children's Books has bought...... More...

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Wednesday, 18 November, 2009

Kate Shaw to join Viney Agency

Kate Shaw is to join The Viney Agency as a...... More...

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Wednesday, 18 November, 2009

Bad sex award shortlist pits Philip Roth against stiff competition

Pulitzer prize-winning novelist Philip Roth is up against Amos Oz, Paul Theroux and Nick Cave on the bad sex award shortlistThe story of the seduction of a lesbian by an ageing stage actor, which includes an eye-watering scene with a... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Wednesday, 18 November, 2009

Gaiman wins Booktrust Teenage Prize

Neil Gaiman, the cult adult and children's...... More...

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Wednesday, 18 November, 2009

Andrew Motion to chair Booker prize judges

Newly free from his duties as poet laureate, the poet will lead deliberations to find 2010's best novelFormer poet laureate Andrew Motion will chair the judging panel for next year's Man Booker prize, following an eclectic roster of former chairs... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Wednesday, 18 November, 2009

Tesco book discount offer: The Return by Victoria Hislop

Enjoy our 'Recommended Book of the Week' The Return for only £2.99 in a Tesco store near you from Thursday November 19 2009.... More...

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Wednesday, 18 November, 2009

Christian charity forced to put Wesley Owen on the block

Christian bookshop chain Wesley Owen has been...... More...

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Wednesday, 18 November, 2009

Motion to chair Man Booker prize

Former poet laureate Andrew Motion is to be...... More...

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Wednesday, 18 November, 2009

Otto Penzler joins Cheetham at Atlantic

Atlantic has expanded its publishing outfit...... More...

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Wednesday, 18 November, 2009

Belle de Jour: I don't believe Brooke Magnanti was a happy hooker

I find myself unable to celebrate either Brooke Magnanti's literary skill or her apparent candour writes Liz Hunt.... More...

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Wednesday, 18 November, 2009

The Pour: An Invitation to Read, Sniff and Taste

Six new books about wine can help the reader to better understand what’s in the glass.... More...

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Wednesday, 18 November, 2009

Books of The Times: Gratitude’s Grace Can Be Itself a Gift

A scholarly, many-angled examination of what gratitude is and how it functions in our lives.... More...

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Wednesday, 18 November, 2009

Belle de Jour's mother proud of 'brilliant' daughter Brooke Magnanti

Mother of research scientist unmasked as former prostitute proud of her daughter for "standing up for herself".... More...

From: Telegraph Books

Tuesday, 17 November, 2009

The Authors' Hearts Beat Faster. Publishing Was So Close Now. . .

Harlequin Enterprises, the queen of the romance world, has signed a partnership agreement with Author Solutions, a company that helps aspiring scribes self-publish their books.... More...

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Tuesday, 17 November, 2009

More English Translations on the Way for Nobel Winner's Novels

Metropolitan Books has acquired the North American rights to publish two novels by Herta Muller, the Romanian-born German novelist and essayist who was awarded the Nobel Prize last month.... More...

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Tuesday, 17 November, 2009

Sir John Mortimer: memorial service celebrates 'magnificent Mortimer'

Writer John Mortimer's life celebrated by celebrities and his son from an affair with actress Wendy Craig.... More...

From: Telegraph Books

Tuesday, 17 November, 2009

Usborne makes young adult move with angels trilogy

Usborne is entering the young adult market...... More...

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Tuesday, 17 November, 2009

Twilight: book breaks sales records

Stephenie Meyer the author of the phenomenally successful Twilight Saga books has broken Waterstone's record for the fastest time to sell a million copies.... More...

From: Telegraph Books

Tuesday, 17 November, 2009

Rough Guides launches Vodaphone App

Rough Guides is launching new travel guide...... More...

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Tuesday, 17 November, 2009

Improved Google deal, still has 'big difficulties' says BA

The Booksellers Association has warned that...... More...

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Tuesday, 17 November, 2009

The Lost Symbol exceeds one million sales

Sales of Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol (Bantam...... More...

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Tuesday, 17 November, 2009

Guinness stays on top as Meyer climbs

There's no change at the top of the charts...... More...

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Tuesday, 17 November, 2009

H&S buys crossover YA series

Hodder & Stoughton has acquired the rights to...... More...

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Tuesday, 17 November, 2009

Why teens are staying up until Twilight

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Tuesday, 17 November, 2009

Man Asian literary prize goes to Chinese bestseller

Su Tong's political fable The Boat to Redemption takes $10,000 awardThe story of a playboy Communist party official who castrates himself after he is banished to live on a river barge has won celebrated Chinese author Su Tong the Man... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Tuesday, 17 November, 2009

Asda rolls out its Christmas offer on hardbacks

Asda will be offering two of its 'Top 20'...... More...

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Tuesday, 17 November, 2009

Borders UK disbands web team

Borders UK's e-commerce team is believed to...... More...

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Tuesday, 17 November, 2009

Canadian writers among first to reject new Google deal

The Writers' Union of Canada has become the...... More...

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Tuesday, 17 November, 2009

Settlement will not give Google dominance, says AG

The Google settlement will not give the...... More...

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Tuesday, 17 November, 2009

Informa: publishing businesses "resilient"

Taylor & Francis' parent company Informa has...... More...

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Tuesday, 17 November, 2009

US bookstore sales up 7% in September

Bookstore sales rose 7% in September, to...... More...

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Tuesday, 17 November, 2009

Shocking - but only because Belle de Jour wrote so well

The unmasking of callgirl blogger Belle de Jour as a serious research scientist appears to contradict all we think we know about the oldest profession. But says Rowan Pelling the British have more secrets than we care to admit.... More...

From: Telegraph Books

Tuesday, 17 November, 2009

"Raise the Red Lantern" author wins Asian book prize

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Tuesday, 17 November, 2009

Belle de Jour's father: I slept with 150 prostitutes

Brooke Magnanti broke off contact with her father after she discovered he was sleeping with prostitutes.... More...

From: Telegraph Books

Monday, 16 November, 2009

Sullenberger Takes Issue With New Book

A pilot whom many consider a hero takes issue with a new account of the flight that landed in the Hudson.... More...

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Monday, 16 November, 2009

Books of The Times: Desperately Seeking Dad: A Murder Mystery

Though Ed Lazar’s younger son, Zachary, did not know his father well, he has written a pungent-sounding but maddeningly vague book about Ed’s murder.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Monday, 16 November, 2009

Belle de Jour's father: I'm brokenhearted after discovering her past

The father of the woman who has unmasked herself as the highclass call girl Belle de Jour said he has been left "brokenhearted" after discovering the truth about his only child's secret life.... More...

From: Telegraph Books

Monday, 16 November, 2009

Stephenie Meyer's enthusiasm dims for another Twilight book

'I'm burned out on vampires right now', author of Bella and Edward blockbusters tells OprahWith sales of more than 70m copies she is the queen of teen vampire romance, but Twilight author Stephenie Meyer has announced that she's "a little... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Monday, 16 November, 2009

Andy Warhol's children's book illustrations go on sale

Artist's little-known interpretation of the story of the little red hen joins huge auction of classic children's literatureThey are a long way from the iconic pop art for which he is best known but a set of illustrations for a... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Monday, 16 November, 2009

Fogg and Higgins join Century

Century has announced two new appointments,...... More...

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Monday, 16 November, 2009

Google Settlement to open "new avenues" for writers

The Google Settlement will open up "new...... More...

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Monday, 16 November, 2009

Wright in, Kintoff up at HC

Oliver Wright has been appointed UK sales...... More...

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Monday, 16 November, 2009

M&B teams up with Sony on e-reader

Mills & Boon has teamed up with Sony to...... More...

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Monday, 16 November, 2009

Belle de Jour says her mother supports her

Mother of scientist Dr Brooke Magnanti expresses support after her daughter was revealed as a prostitute.... More...

From: Telegraph Books

Monday, 16 November, 2009

Watson to leave Waterstone's

Tim Watson, Waterstone's divisional manager...... More...

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Monday, 16 November, 2009

Google offers concessions on books deal

Google Books submission after US government objections promises greater flexibility and more modest international scopeGoogle will ease its control over millions of copyright-protected books earmarked for its digital library, if a court approves a revised lawsuit settlement.... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Monday, 16 November, 2009

Michael Moorcock to write Doctor Who novel

Doctor Who fans give a cautious welcome to veteran SF and fantasy author following BBC Books commissionAcclaimed science fiction writer Michael Moorcock has moved to calm the concerns of Doctor Who fans after he revealed he would be writing a... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Monday, 16 November, 2009

Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven 'owes its success to cigarettes'

Band biographer claims that DJs only played the now classic song because it was the 'perfect length' for a cigarette breakWas the secret to Stairway to Heaven's success the fact that it gave DJs the chance to nip out for... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Monday, 16 November, 2009

Belle de Jour's real identity revealed

The real identity of Belle de Jour, writer of...... More...

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Monday, 16 November, 2009

Open Book Alliance contests revised Google settlement

The Open Book Alliance has accused Google and...... More...

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Monday, 16 November, 2009

PA to support Google Settlement

The Publishers Association has filed a letter...... More...

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Monday, 16 November, 2009

Hely Hutchinson defends Waterstone's

Tim Hely Hutchinson has defended Waterstone's...... More...

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Monday, 16 November, 2009

In Fleury’s Memoir, Rangers Years Are a ‘Nightmare’

With its revelations of sexual abuse and details of substance abuse, Theo Fleury’s memoir has rocked the hockey world as surely as Andre Agassi’s recent memoir rocked tennis.... More...

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Monday, 16 November, 2009

Arts, Briefly: Winnie-the-Pooh Returns to Court

The producer who acquired licensing rights to the Winnie-the-Pooh works and characters from A. A. Milne has been suing Disney for rights infringement since 1991, and isn’t stopping now, according to BBC News.... More...

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Monday, 16 November, 2009

Larceny, she wrote: Patricia Cornwell sues

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Monday, 16 November, 2009

Exposed: the most intimate secret of erotic blogger Belle de Jour

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Monday, 16 November, 2009

European publishers give Google book deal cautious welcome

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Monday, 16 November, 2009

Major prizes honor Asian, American, Spanish-language writers

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Monday, 16 November, 2009

Nabokov’s 'Laura' manuscript up for auction

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Monday, 16 November, 2009

Belle du Jour identity twist far fetched even for Billie Piper

Unlike Dr Brooke Magnanti I don't keep a diary; far too perilous an activity if you ask me.... More...

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Sunday, 15 November, 2009

Enid Blyton banned from BBC for nearly 30 years

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Sunday, 15 November, 2009

Denholm Elliott PoW Shakespeare book to be auctioned

The family of the actor Denholm Elliott is auctioning an archive of his memorabilia including a book of Shakespeare's plays sent to him at a prisoner of war camp in Germany during the Second World War.... More...

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Sunday, 15 November, 2009

Who wasn't Belle de Jour

The list of those rumoured to have been Belle de Jour is long and ... varied.... More...

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Sunday, 15 November, 2009

Belle de Jour author unmask herself amid 'perfect storm' of feelings

It was the new millennium's equivalent of the 1980s' search for the golden hare: the quest to identify the author of the call girl blogger 'Belle de Jour'.... More...

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Sunday, 15 November, 2009

Overdue school library books return 50 years later with $1,000

School receives two books checked out in 1959 along with money order to cover fines from anonymous former studentA school librarian in Arizona says a former student has returned two books checked out 50 years ago along with $1,000 (£600)... More...

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Sunday, 15 November, 2009

Google: UK publishers named as plaintiffs

Rightsholders from the UK, Australia and...... More...

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Sunday, 15 November, 2009

BBC banned Enid Blyton for 30 years

Author was excluded from the BBC for 30 years because prodcuers thought her "secondrate".... More...

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Sunday, 15 November, 2009

Belle de Jour blogger unmasks herself as 'big mouth ex-boyfriend' looms

Research scientist Dr Brooke Magnanti announces she is author of mysterious call girl blog and says she has no regrets about working as prostitute... More...

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Sunday, 15 November, 2009

Gruffalo creator tells of the tragedy behind her books

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Sunday, 15 November, 2009

Books of The Times: Memoir Is Palin’s Payback to McCain Campaign

Sarah Palin’s new book is part cagey spin job and part earnest autobiography. Its most compelling sections deal not with politics, but with her life in Alaska.... More...

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Saturday, 14 November, 2009

Sir Salman Rushdie and a 'rude' literary row

When Sigrid Rausing the Tetra Pak heiress announced this summer that Alex Clark was stepping down as editor of her books magazine Granta she left the literary world bemused.... More...

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Saturday, 14 November, 2009

PA to support Google Settlement following amendments

The Publishers Association has filed a letter...... More...

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Saturday, 14 November, 2009

UK publishers named as plaintiffs in new Google Settlement

Rightsholders from the UK, Australia and...... More...

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Saturday, 14 November, 2009

Earl Coleman, Publisher and Poet, Dies at 93

Mr. Coleman started a custom translation service and built it into the Plenum Publishing Corporation, one of the world’s largest translators and publishers of scientific and technical material.... More...

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Saturday, 14 November, 2009

Palin uses book to get her revenge

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Saturday, 14 November, 2009

Why have teenage girls been bitten by the Edward Cullen bug to devour the Twilight novels?

Why do teenagers eat the Twilight novels? Why do they follow the adventures of young Bella and her vampire lover Edward? What do they think they see? Last night, I encountered some fans. "You are attracted to it because it... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Friday, 13 November, 2009

Stephenie Meyer turns rainy little Forks – and the world – into a Twilight zone

For millions of teenagers around the globe, next Friday is the most exciting day of the year: New Moon, the second film in Stephenie Meyer's Twilight saga about a sexy vampire, debuts in UK cinemas.... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Friday, 13 November, 2009

The Morning After

Mary Karr’s third memoir layers the pangs of recovery with those of motherhood, divorce and making art.... More...

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Friday, 13 November, 2009

Sarah Palin book Going Rogue attacks John McCain campaign

In her book Going Rogue Sarah Palin reveals tensions with John McCain's campaign aides but does not mention Levi Johnston.... More...

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Friday, 13 November, 2009

When Type Was Poured Hot

In his new memoir, Harold Evans recalls an exuberant run in 20th-century journalism.... More...

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Friday, 13 November, 2009

Illness and Intimacy

The professor of psychiatry who discussed her own manic depression in “An Unquiet Mind” revisits her husband’s death from cancer.... More...

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Friday, 13 November, 2009

The Cheating Game

James McManus explores the characteristically American history of poker.... More...

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Friday, 13 November, 2009

Angels and Insects

A fictional metamorphosis conveys what it means to be alien.... More...

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Friday, 13 November, 2009

Rational Irrationality

The story of 2008’s crash, and an effort to size up the problem.... More...

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Friday, 13 November, 2009

Road Trip

Chaucer’s lusty pilgrims return in a Modern English incarnation.... More...

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Friday, 13 November, 2009

Nabokov’s Last Puzzle

The unfinished “Original of Laura” comes ready for devotees to read and remix.... More...

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Friday, 13 November, 2009

TBR: Inside the List

It’s not even Thanksgiving, and some Christmas-related books are already creeping up the list and Barbara Kingsolver’s new novel, “The Lacuna,” enters the hardcover fiction list at No. 5.... More...

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Friday, 13 November, 2009

Robert Louis Stevenson's archive goes online

Robert Louis Stevenson's works including the novels Treasure Island and Kidnapped have been put online for people to read for free in an archiving project.... More...

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Friday, 13 November, 2009

Essay: Mau-Mauing the Flesh Eaters

Jonathan Safran Foer is just the latest in a long line of distinguished literary vegetarians.... More...

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Friday, 13 November, 2009

Crime: Death’s Hit Man

Mystery novels by Stuart Neville, Derek Nikitas and Susan Kandel; and collections of crime fiction set in Boston and Pheonix.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 13 November, 2009

Scientists nose out clue to preserving books: their smell

The complex perfume of ageing books has been broken down into its component chemicals by research that could assist conservatorsThe dusty smell of old books is one of the joys of visiting secondhand bookshops, and now scientists, who have identified... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Friday, 13 November, 2009

November Song

In the autumnal novel of Maureen Howard’s cycle of seasons, an 80-something narrator shares her inner Manhattan.... More...

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Friday, 13 November, 2009

Love Crimes

In Paul Auster’s latest novel, the protagonist indulges passions new and forbidden.... More...

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Friday, 13 November, 2009

The Lies They Told

Reconstructing officials’ false and ineffectual responses to 9/11.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 13 November, 2009

Performance Anxiety

Philip Roth’s novel stars an aging actor who can no longer act.... More...

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Friday, 13 November, 2009

Malcolm Gladwell, Eclectic Detective

The themes of this collection are a good way to characterize the author himself: a minor genius who unwittingly demonstrates the hazards of statistical reasoning.... More...

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Friday, 13 November, 2009

Sanders appointed Pan Mac rights director

Harriet Sanders has been made rights director...... More...

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Friday, 13 November, 2009

Trade backing for PEN’s libel proposals

The book trade has responded positively to...... More...

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Friday, 13 November, 2009

Michael Haneke: I may collaborate with Michel Houellebecq

The Austrian director of The White Ribbon reveals that he and the controversial French author have discussed working togetherBoth are savage pessimists. Both have redefined the limits of their respective art forms. Both have expressed their admiration for the other.... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Friday, 13 November, 2009

Censored gay sex scenes in From Here to Eternity revealed

Daughter of author James Jones discloses details of cuts insisted upon by the novel's original publisherIt is one of the most celebrated images in cinema, an icon of heterosexual romance: Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr kissing as the waves crash... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Friday, 13 November, 2009

Sarah Palin book Going Rogue attacks John McCain campaign

Sarah Palin's new memoir Going Rogue says John McCain's campaign left her 50000 out of pocket but does not mention Levi Johnston.... More...

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Friday, 13 November, 2009

French novelist hits back after MP says she must show greater 'reserve'

Goncourt prize winner Marie MDiaye says politician's call for her to tone down criticism of Sarkozy is 'grotesque'The winner of this year's Goncourt prize has spoken out against an MP's "grotesque" calls for her to tone down her criticisms of... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Friday, 13 November, 2009

Brookes to join Pan Macmillan

HarperCollins publishing director Wayne...... More...

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Friday, 13 November, 2009

Brian May wows audience with set of Victorian photos

Queen guitarist unveils his new book, collecting 'stereographic' photography from the 19th centuryIt's not common to arrive at the British Library for an evening talk on a charming book of Victorian photographs and to be confronted by a minder roughly... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Friday, 13 November, 2009

McCain aides kept me bottled up, says Sarah Palin in new book

Republican vice-presidential candidate claims in Going Rogue that she was kept away from reporters against her wishes... More...

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Friday, 13 November, 2009

Picador signs Donoghue

Picador has acquired a new novel by Irish...... More...

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Friday, 13 November, 2009

Faulks tie-in to BBC Books

BBC Books editorial director Albert Petrillo...... More...

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Friday, 13 November, 2009

Capstone to publish Dragon's guide to business

Capstone is to publish a book of business...... More...

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Friday, 13 November, 2009

Sainsbury’s switches to Random House for book club

Sainsbury’s has signed a deal with Random...... More...

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Friday, 13 November, 2009

Waterstone's m.d. Johnson responds to Guardian attack

Waterstone's m.d. Gerry Johnson has responded...... More...

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Friday, 13 November, 2009

Books of The Times: Impresario of and for the People

Kenneth Turan offers up a raucous oral history of a New York theater titan.... More...

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Friday, 13 November, 2009

Weekly book agenda: new Michael Crichton title, Cervantes Prize

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Friday, 13 November, 2009

Paperback Row

Paperback books of particular interest.... More...

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Thursday, 12 November, 2009

Editors’ Choice

Recently reviewed books of particular interest.... More...

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Thursday, 12 November, 2009

Paperback Nonfiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. THE BLIND SIDE, by Michael Lewis2. OUR CHOICE, by Al Gore3. THREE CUPS OF TEA, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin4. FREAKONOMICS, by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner5. THE GLASS CASTLE, by... More...

From: NYT > Books

Thursday, 12 November, 2009

Paperback Trade Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. PUSH, by Sapphire2. BED OF ROSES, by Nora Roberts3. SAY YOU’RE ONE OF THEM, by Uwem Akpan4. THE SHACK, by William P. Young5. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, by Stieg Larsson... More...

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Thursday, 12 November, 2009

Hardcover Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. FORD COUNTY, by John Grisham2. THE LOST SYMBOL, by Dan Brown3. KINDRED IN DEATH, by J. D. Robb4. THE GATHERING STORM, by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson5. THE LACUNA, by Barbara Kingsolver... More...

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Thursday, 12 November, 2009

Paperback Mass-Market Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. BORN OF FIRE, by Sherrilyn Kenyon2. THE ASSOCIATE, by John Grisham3. CROSS COUNTRY, by James Patterson4. YOUR HEART BELONGS TO ME, by Dean Koontz5. ANGELS AT CHRISTMAS, by Debbie Macomber... More...

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Thursday, 12 November, 2009

Hardcover Nonfiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. HAVE A LITTLE FAITH, by Mitch Albom2. SUPERFREAKONOMICS, by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner3. WHAT THE DOG SAW, by Malcolm Gladwell4. ARGUING WITH IDIOTS, written and edited by Glenn Beck, Kevin Balfe and... More...

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Thursday, 12 November, 2009

Achebe rejects endorsement as 'father of modern African literature'

Nigerian novelist says he resists the tag 'very, very strongly' because it obscures the role of many other writersNigerian author Chinua Achebe has spoken out about his dislike at being labelled "the father of modern African literature".... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Thursday, 12 November, 2009

BCA’s sales drive puts more emphasis on children’s market

Book club business BCA is seeking to double...... More...

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Thursday, 12 November, 2009

Salt's campaign funds eroded by bad autumn sales

Independent publisher Salt has seen the funds...... More...

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Thursday, 12 November, 2009

Canada book sales resist the downturn

The global recession has left many industries...... More...

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Thursday, 12 November, 2009

TBP reins back on celebrity biographies

The Book People has “deliberately” reduced...... More...

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Thursday, 12 November, 2009

Help for Heroes presses into action with real-life charity book

HarperPress is rush releasing a book with...... More...

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Thursday, 12 November, 2009

Authors help pilot international children's reading groups

Michael Morpurgo and Frank Cottrell Boyce among writers working with discussion groups linking children in the UK with peers in China, Ghana, Egypt and PakistanAuthors including former children's laureate Michael Morpurgo and the Carnegie medal-winning Frank Cottrell Boyce are taking... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Thursday, 12 November, 2009

Churchill's speeches fail exam

Texts written by masters of the English language including Winston Churchill Ernest Hemingway and William Golding would have been deemed below average under a new computerised exam system.... More...

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Thursday, 12 November, 2009

Wordsworth relaunches Children's Classics range

Wordsworth Editions is relaunching its...... More...

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Thursday, 12 November, 2009

UK publishers' total sales up 2.7%

UK publishers’ total sales were up by 2.7% in...... More...

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Thursday, 12 November, 2009

WHS trading "in line"

W H Smith has said it is trading "in line...... More...

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Thursday, 12 November, 2009

Australian BA "disappointed at lost opportunity"

The Australian Booksellers Association has...... More...

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Thursday, 12 November, 2009

Rising costs blunt profit at CUP

Cambridge University Press (CUP) has reported...... More...

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Thursday, 12 November, 2009

BBC2 reveals spring 2010 season

A Martin Amis adaptation is among the...... More...

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Thursday, 12 November, 2009

Donald Harington, Ozark Surrealist, Dies at 73

Mr. Harington created a surreal rural mini-world in more than a dozen novels set in the fictional Ozark hamlet of Stay More, Ark.... More...

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Thursday, 12 November, 2009

French youth don't 'rate' books

Young French adults do not rate books very...... More...

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Thursday, 12 November, 2009

AmazonEncore brings self-published books into the spotlight

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Thursday, 12 November, 2009

Amazon delivers Kindle books to PCs

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Thursday, 12 November, 2009

Books of The Times: Stephen King’s Latest Cast Feels Real

“Under the Dome” gravely threatens Stephen King’s status as a mere chart-busting pop cultural phenomenon.... More...

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Wednesday, 11 November, 2009

A Team, but Watch How You Put It

Andre Agassi’s new memoir, “Open,” is an unusual addition to the shelves of jock autobiography.... More...

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Wednesday, 11 November, 2009

Jerry Hall to star in TV version of Martin Amis's Money

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Wednesday, 11 November, 2009

BBC enters bedroom to portray the 'dreadful' Enid Blyton

Much loved for her children's books such as the Famous Five and Noddy Enid Blyton is about to have a radical makeover courtesy of the BBC.... More...

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Wednesday, 11 November, 2009

Palgrave buys international adoption story

Ben Mason at Conville & Walsh has sold world...... More...

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Wednesday, 11 November, 2009

Founder of English Agency Japan dies

William Miller, founding managing director of...... More...

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Wednesday, 11 November, 2009

BCA to target book buyers with website relaunch

Book club business BCA is planning to...... More...

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Wednesday, 11 November, 2009

Shakespearean science to Bloomsbury

Bloomsbury publishing director Michael...... More...

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Wednesday, 11 November, 2009

Waterstone's bucks trend with increased advertising spend

Waterstone's has increased its advertising...... More...

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Wednesday, 11 November, 2009

Tesco book discount offer: The Other Hand by Chris Cleave

Enjoy our 'Recommended Book of the Week' The Other Hand for only £2.99 in a Tesco store near you from Thursday November 12 2009.... More...

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Wednesday, 11 November, 2009

Siegfried Sassoon's manuscripts go online

The first ever online collection of the manuscripts, photos and letters of Siegfried Sassoon, launched this Armistice day, focuses on his war poetry"Write again, write again. I'm not dead yet. I've got weeks and weeks to live," writes Siegfried Sassoon... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Wednesday, 11 November, 2009

Twilight sucks up People's Choice award nominations

Vampire love affair leads race for public's votes with six nodsIt's unlikely to figure at next year's Oscars, but the Twilight Saga films, based on Stephenie Meyers's books about a teenage girl who falls in love with a vampire, look... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Wednesday, 11 November, 2009

QED publisher Steve Evans dies

Steve Evans, founder and managing director of...... More...

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Wednesday, 11 November, 2009

Engstrom takes helm as Reed chief departs after eight months

Ian Smith has resigned as chief executive of...... More...

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Wednesday, 11 November, 2009

Breedon Books goes into administration

Local interest and sporting press Breedon...... More...

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Wednesday, 11 November, 2009

Bertelsmann records improved third-quarter profits

Bertelsmann has said that its "strict cost...... More...

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Wednesday, 11 November, 2009

Australian gov scraps proposed changes to book imports

The Australian Government has announced that...... More...

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Wednesday, 11 November, 2009

Engstrom in as Reed chief departs after 10 months

Ian Smith has resigned as chief executive of...... More...

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Wednesday, 11 November, 2009

Catholic Church corruption story wins top Canada prize

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Wednesday, 11 November, 2009

Books of The Times: A Cool Pilot, but the Plane Was Cooler

Advances in aviation and digital technology have made pilots almost superfluous, argues William Langewiesche in his new book.... More...

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Tuesday, 10 November, 2009

Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2009: extracts

Extracts from the winning books... More...

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Tuesday, 10 November, 2009

Veteran author wins Roald Dahl Funny Prize

A veteran children's author has beaten David Walliams the comedian and actor to win a literary prize for the funniest book set up in the memory of Roald Dahl.... More...

From: Telegraph Books

Tuesday, 10 November, 2009

Stephen King fans join gigantic 'hide and seek' to mark book launch

To mark publication of Under the Dome, snippets of the story are seeded in unlikely locationsStephen King fans have been taking part in a game of literary hide and seek, concealing snippets of text from his new novel Under the... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Tuesday, 10 November, 2009

Roald Dahl funny prize goes to 'disgusting and horrible' tale

Philip Ardagh's Grubtown Tales: Stinking Rich and Just Plain Stinky takes award designed to put the fun back into readingA "disgusting and horrible" story of a smelly man in an oddball town, Philip Ardagh's Grubtown Tales: Stinking Rich and Just... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Tuesday, 10 November, 2009

Guinness retains top spot as Cole slips below Brown

Guinness World Records has retained its...... More...

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Tuesday, 10 November, 2009

Britain is free speech 'blackspot' says QC

Geoffrey Robertson QC described Britain as "a...... More...

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Tuesday, 10 November, 2009

Faber and Orchard victorious at Dahl's Funny prize

Titles by Faber and Orchard Books have...... More...

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Tuesday, 10 November, 2009

D&C gets crafty as Don returns to BBC

Former "Gardener's World" presenter Monty Don...... More...

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Tuesday, 10 November, 2009

Northumbria UP launches trade imprint

Northumbria University Press has launched a...... More...

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Tuesday, 10 November, 2009

Ex-Sun editor writes children's book about his alcohol problems

The Truth About Leo, by David Yelland, tells the story of a 10-year-old boy watching his father struggle with alcoholismFormer Sun editor David Yelland has written a children's book about a boy with an alcoholic father, which he revealed yesterday... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Tuesday, 10 November, 2009

Waterstone's has 'killed' bookselling, reports Guardian

"How Waterstone's killed bookselling", is the...... More...

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Tuesday, 10 November, 2009

Encyclopaedia Britannica 1768: 10 weird facts

The first English encyclopaedia contained almost as much fiction and speculation as truth.... More...

From: Telegraph Books

Tuesday, 10 November, 2009

Change English libel law, urge PEN and Index

English libel law should be changed to put...... More...

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Tuesday, 10 November, 2009

Amazon on charm offensive with agents

Amazon.com has gone on "a charm offensive",...... More...

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Tuesday, 10 November, 2009

Thames & Hudson profits halve after £800k warehouse closure

Thames & Hudson's pretax profit has more than...... More...

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Tuesday, 10 November, 2009

Icon Books edges profits up

Non-fiction indie Icon Books saw a slight...... More...

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Tuesday, 10 November, 2009

Cultural Criminology wins Distinguished Book award

A criminal psychology title published by Sage...... More...

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Tuesday, 10 November, 2009

Judge approves extension for revised Google book settlement

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Tuesday, 10 November, 2009

Books of The Times: In a Sketchy Hall of Mirrors, Nabokov Jousts With Death and Reality

In “The Original of Laura,” fragments of a novel that Nabokov left unfinished at his death, he imagines the death of his protagonist as a sort of Nietzschean act of will.... More...

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Monday, 9 November, 2009

New extension granted for Google Settlement

The US judge presiding over the Google...... More...

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Monday, 9 November, 2009

Year of 'consolidation' at The Book People leads to losses

Direct bookseller The Book People (TBP) Group...... More...

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Monday, 9 November, 2009

More Müller to Portobello

Portobello Books has acquired two new titles...... More...

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Monday, 9 November, 2009

Carpenter to leave Pan Mac

Pan Macmillan's art director Fiona Carpenter...... More...

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Monday, 9 November, 2009

Harlequin launches digital-only publishing house

Harlequin is to launch a digital-only...... More...

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Monday, 9 November, 2009

Macmillan acquires Immortal Life

Macmillan Non-Fiction has bought the rights...... More...

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Monday, 9 November, 2009

Andrew Motion rubbishes plagiarism charge

Military historian claiming that 'found' poem published in the Guardian makes unfair use of his work has 'got the wrong end of the stick', says former poet laureateThe military historian who accused Andrew Motion of plagiarism has "got the wrong... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Monday, 9 November, 2009

Philippa Gregory to ITV1

Philippa Gregory's contemporary thriller The...... More...

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Monday, 9 November, 2009

Motion accused of ripping off historian over 'found' poem

A row has broken out over a Remembrance Day...... More...

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Monday, 9 November, 2009

Anna Funder, author of Stasiland, on life since Berlin Wall collapsed

Stasiland: Stories From Behind the Berlin Wall, the award-winning book by Anna Funder, is an investigation of how East Germans' lives were shaped by the Berlin Wall. As Germany commemorates the 20th anniversary of the fall of the wall, she... More...

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Monday, 9 November, 2009

Wirral u-turn pre-empted inquiry findings

Wirral Council's sudden u-turn to halt the...... More...

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Monday, 9 November, 2009

Opt in for foreign publishers expected in revised Google Settlement

The Google Settlement is expected to see "few...... More...

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Monday, 9 November, 2009

Harper dares with Alistair McLean reissue

HarperCollins will reissue a series of novels...... More...

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Monday, 9 November, 2009

Rushdie writes Haroun sequel

Salman Rushdie is producing a sequel to his...... More...

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Monday, 9 November, 2009

JR to publish Meyer biography

JR Books is publishing a biography of...... More...

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Monday, 9 November, 2009

Morgan wins Aldeburgh Prize

Scottish poet J O Morgan has picked up £3,000...... More...

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Monday, 9 November, 2009

Books of The Times: Agassi Basks in His Own Spotlight

As described in this autobiography, Andre Agassi’s life is lively but narrow, since his curiosity does not extend far beyond tennis.... More...

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Monday, 9 November, 2009

An Ethical Question: Does a Nazi Deserve a Place Among Philosophers?

A soon-to-be published book has revived the long-running debate about whether the German philosopher Martin Heidegger can be separated from his philosophy.... More...

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Monday, 9 November, 2009

Foreign media count cost of UK libel laws

Britain's reputation for "libel tourism" is driving American and foreign publishers to consider abandoning the sale of newspaper and magazines in Britain and may lead to them blocking access to websites, MPs have been warned.Publishers, human rights groups and campaigners... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Monday, 9 November, 2009

Penguin to launch Assassin's Creed novel

Penguin has teamed up with videogames producer Ubisoft: the novel Assassin's Creed Renaissance is released simultaneously with the game Assassin's Creed IIPenguin Books is embarking on the latest experiment in the publishing world to net new readers by launching a... More...

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Monday, 9 November, 2009

Salman Rushdie plans sequel to ‘Haroun and the Sea of Stories’

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Monday, 9 November, 2009

Taiwan Firm Positioned for E-Reader Takeoff

Prime View International already produces displays for the most popular e-readers. By the end of the year, it will own the company that produces the “ink” for them.... More...

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Sunday, 8 November, 2009

Book depicting 'Queen of Paraguay' Eliza Lynch prompts calls for Brazilian penitence

Eliza Lynch was depicted by Brazil as a warmongering manipulator after South America's bloodiest war. Irish authors present a more sympathetic accountWhen Brazil won the bloodiest war in South America's history it cast itself as the victim and Eliza Lynch... More...

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Sunday, 8 November, 2009

Art: A Torah Scribe Pushes the Parchment Ceiling

In Hebrew the word for Julie Seltzer’s arcane profession is soferet; she’s a scribe, a Hebrew calligrapher who writes sacred texts on parchment.... More...

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Sunday, 8 November, 2009

Women authors left off list of the year's top 10 books

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Sunday, 8 November, 2009

Nabokov's unfinished -- and unburned -- novel reappears

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Sunday, 8 November, 2009

Claude Lévi-Strauss’s Two-Part Harmonies

In trying to understand the work of the French anthropologist, look for pairs of opposites common to all human societies.... More...

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Saturday, 7 November, 2009

Children's author G P Taylor to leave 'sinking ship' Church of England and become Catholic

Vicarturnedauthor Rev G P Taylor says he will desert the "sinking ship" Church of England which he said was the "spiritual arm of New Labour" for Roman Catholicism.... More...

From: Telegraph Books

Saturday, 7 November, 2009

Poet JO Morgan arrives 'out of the blue' to take Aldeburgh first poetry collection prize

JO Morgan's 70-page single poem Natural Mechanical, the story of a boy called Rocky, chosen unanimously by judgesThirty-one-year-old Scottish poet JO Morgan has won the Aldeburgh first collection prize for a narrative poem about a childhood on the Isle of... More...

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Saturday, 7 November, 2009

Short Cuts

The life of Robert Altman, told in interviews with nearly 200 of his friends, colleagues and family members.... More...

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Saturday, 7 November, 2009

She Did Go Home Again

A wonderfully intelligent and frank memoir about the Mennonite upbringing Rhoda Janzen returned to after an emotional and physical crisis.... More...

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Saturday, 7 November, 2009

Long-Delayed Opening for History of, and by, Joseph Papp

If Joseph Papp had had his way, “Free for All,” Kenneth Turan’s newly published oral history of Papp and the Public Theater he helped found, would never have seen the light of day.... More...

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Saturday, 7 November, 2009

Master of Disaster

John Irving’s new novel follows a father and son through 50 years in “a world of accidents.”... More...

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Saturday, 7 November, 2009

Exhibition Review | 'A Woman’s Wit: Jane Austen’s Life and Legacy': At the Morgan, the Jane Austen Her Family Knew

“A Woman’s Wit: Jane Austen’s Life and Legacy,” a new exhibition at the Morgan Library & Museum, includes many personal letters and early manuscripts by the author.... More...

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Saturday, 7 November, 2009

Arts | Westchester: After 96 Novels, Still Waiting for a Best Seller

Todd Strasser of Larchmont often uses fictionalized versions of nearby towns and schools in his novels for children and young adults.... More...

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Saturday, 7 November, 2009

Monster success: The Gruffalo is best bedtime story

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Saturday, 7 November, 2009

A Chat About 'The Good Soldiers'

David Finkel talks about his book, "The Good Soldiers," based on eight months in Iraq with a battalion sent as part of the surge.... More...

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Friday, 6 November, 2009

Children’s Books: Poached, Then Coddled

A duck discovers a huge speckled egg in “The Odd Egg”; readers free a frog by opening the pop-up book “Big Frog Can’t Fit In.”... More...

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Friday, 6 November, 2009

Children’s Books: Family Circle

A journey in pictures and verse from an unexplored beach to a busy music-filled family room and into a tranquil, moonlit night.... More...

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Friday, 6 November, 2009

Children’s Books: The Art of Sound

A pop-up romp through cubism and futurism, and a lesson in early-­20th-century modernist formalism.... More...

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Friday, 6 November, 2009

Children’s Books: GRRRR!!! Oops!

This beautifully illustrated retelling of the classic fable has only seven words, all sound effects.... More...

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Friday, 6 November, 2009

Children’s Books: Color Schemes

An illustrated poem about the seasons; a story about a penguin searching for new colors; and a collection of classic fairy tales with vivid pictures.... More...

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Friday, 6 November, 2009

Children’s Books: When Bulldozers Roamed the Earth

A book imagining trucks as dinosaurs, and other explorations of the primal place of machines in the lives of small children.... More...

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Friday, 6 November, 2009

Children’s Books: Snow Zone

Books about a squirrel waiting for winter; a bunny having a snow day; and Santa getting ready for Christmas.... More...

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Friday, 6 November, 2009

Children’s Books: Everyday Weirdness

This illustrated collection of surreal tales features water buffalo, stick figures and rivers of unread poetry.... More...

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Friday, 6 November, 2009

Children’s Books: Blowin’ in the Wind

Two young adult histories and a graphic novel about the worst ecological disaster in American history.... More...

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Friday, 6 November, 2009

Children’s Books: Boys at War

A young adult novel about an 18-year-old American soldier struggling under the weight of his experience in Iraq.... More...

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Friday, 6 November, 2009

Children’s Books: Foreign Aid

This lovely picture book tells a true story about Masai villagers who bestow a heartfelt gift after 9/11.... More...

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Friday, 6 November, 2009

Children’s Books: Whale Riders

A tightly paced young adult novel set in a steampunk version of the First World War.... More...

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Friday, 6 November, 2009

Children’s Books: Field Guides to Fairies

A recent crop of fairy-themed novels and reworked fairy tales is proving the resilience of an age-old genre.... More...

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Friday, 6 November, 2009

Happy Days

An argument that can-do optimism has hardened into a suffocating force that bears little relation to genuine happiness.... More...

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Friday, 6 November, 2009

Paperback Nonfiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. FREAKONOMICS, by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner2. THREE CUPS OF TEA, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin3. I HOPE THEY SERVE BEER IN HELL, by Tucker Max4. THE GLASS CASTLE, by Jeannette... More...

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Friday, 6 November, 2009

General Sir Richard Dannatt signs up for explosive memoir

Undeterred by the criticism of his declaration that he would serve as a defence minister in a Conservative government Gen Sir Richard Dannatt has announced that he has signed a lucrative deal to write his memoirs.... More...

From: Telegraph Books

Friday, 6 November, 2009

Hardcover Nonfiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. THE BOOK OF BASKETBALL, by Bill Simmons2. SUPERFREAKONOMICS, by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner3. HAVE A LITTLE FAITH, by Mitch Albom4. WHAT THE DOG SAW, by Malcolm Gladwell5. ARGUING WITH IDIOTS, written and... More...

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Friday, 6 November, 2009

Deadly Summit

An American climber recounts some of the most dramatic attempts on the peak of K2.... More...

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Friday, 6 November, 2009

Gruffalo tops poll of bedtime stories

Children's classic voted best bedtime story in a poll of Radio 2 listeners.... More...

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Friday, 6 November, 2009

University presses 'struggling' in recession

A number of the UK's university presses are...... More...

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Friday, 6 November, 2009

Andy Adamson takes on books at Borders

Andy Adamson, Borders merchandise and supply...... More...

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Friday, 6 November, 2009

Transworld acquires Army chief autobiography

Transworld has bought the rights to the...... More...

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Friday, 6 November, 2009

Orion signs début author through Writers' Workshop

Orion has acquired world rights to an...... More...

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Friday, 6 November, 2009

Wallace's 'special' title to Ebury

Ebury Press has bought the rights to an...... More...

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Friday, 6 November, 2009

Eason faces staff revolt over 'immoral' pay cut

Irish bookseller Eason is trying to impose a...... More...

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Friday, 6 November, 2009

Postal strikes called off until new year

The union representing Royal Mail staff has...... More...

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Friday, 6 November, 2009

Tick Tock to launch fiction list

Independent children's non-fiction publisher...... More...

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Friday, 6 November, 2009

BCA split into two divisions

BCA has been divided into two distinct...... More...

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Friday, 6 November, 2009

Kingston University launches Press

A new university press is being launched,...... More...

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Friday, 6 November, 2009

Paperback Row

Paperback books of particular interest.... More...

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Friday, 6 November, 2009

TBR: Inside the List

Hulk Hogan’s memoir enters the hardcover nonfiction list at No. 12. Another former grappler, John Irving, hits the fiction list at No. 4. Do I smell a matchup?... More...

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Friday, 6 November, 2009

Essay: Is Technology Dumbing Down Japanese?

E-mail and cellphone novels may be making the language easier — even for the Japanese.... More...

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Friday, 6 November, 2009

Forecast: Self-Serving

A guide to using game theory to divine and shape the future, based on the premise that people do what’s best for them.... More...

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Friday, 6 November, 2009

Her Royal Century

This official biography chronicles the parties, the games, the trips, the charitable causes — and the trouble thanks to Edward VIII.... More...

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Friday, 6 November, 2009

Editors’ Choice

Recently reviewed books of particular interest.... More...

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Friday, 6 November, 2009

Heavy Lifting

A candid memoir from the multitalented wrestler Hulk Hogan.... More...

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Friday, 6 November, 2009

Animal Planet

Amy Gerstler’s poems — skillful in every kind of comedy, yet deeply serious — show a fondness for animals without sentimentalizing them.... More...

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Friday, 6 November, 2009

Stephen King’s Glass ­Menagerie

When an enormous transparent dome settles over a small town in Maine in Stephen King’s new novel, it’s just fine with Big Jim, the local tyrant-in-waiting, and his pet goon squad.... More...

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Friday, 6 November, 2009

Barbara Kingsolver’s Artists and Idols

This novel, about a boy’s consequential bonds with Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo and Leon Trotsky, is a call to conscience and connection.... More...

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Friday, 6 November, 2009

The Critic’s Critic

A valuable new biography of Samuel Johnson, the most eminent of all literary critics.... More...

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Friday, 6 November, 2009

Fiction Chronicle

Novels by Mattox Roesch, Nick Cave, H. M. Naqvi and Sam Savage.... More...

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Friday, 6 November, 2009

Hardcover Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. THE GATHERING STORM, by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson2. THE LOST SYMBOL, by Dan Brown3. TRUE BLUE, by David Baldacci4. LAST NIGHT IN TWISTED RIVER, by John Irving5. PURSUIT OF HONOR, by Vince Flynn... More...

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Friday, 6 November, 2009

Paperback Mass-Market Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. THE ASSOCIATE, by John Grisham2. THE UNTAMED BRIDE, by Stephanie Laurens3. DEADLOCK, by Iris Johansen4. CROSS COUNTRY, by James Patterson5. HOT ON HER HEELS, by Susan Mallery... More...

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Friday, 6 November, 2009

Paperback Trade Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. BED OF ROSES, by Nora Roberts2. PUSH, by Sapphire3. SAY YOU'RE ONE OF THEM, by Uwem Akpan4. THE SHACK, by William P. Young5. OLIVE KITTERIDGE, by Elizabeth Strout... More...

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Friday, 6 November, 2009

Books of The Times: ‘Amaze Me,’ Mother Said, So That’s What She Did

Mary Karr’s searing new memoir of alcoholism and recovery is every bit as absorbing as her devastating 1995 memoir, “The Liars’ Club,” which secured her place on the literary map.... More...

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Friday, 6 November, 2009

Weekly book agenda: Sharjah World Book Fair, Premio Leya

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Friday, 6 November, 2009

Al Gore reads from new book at Miami Book Fair

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Friday, 6 November, 2009

No. 1 Omission From Top 10 Book List: Women

Publishers Weekly's choices for top books of the year has drawn protests from a women's literary group, which notes that there are no female writers on the list.... More...

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Thursday, 5 November, 2009

Martine McCutcheon is heroine of her own novel

Unabashed by Lynda La Plante's complaint to Mandrake last month about publishers paying vast sums to television personalities Martine McCutcheon admits that she wrote her debut novel The Mistress in the hope that she could be chosen for the lead... More...

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Thursday, 5 November, 2009

Roberto Bolaño was no literary rebel, says novelist Horacio Castellanos Moya

The myths surrounding the late Chilean author are false, says Bolaño's friend and fellow novelist, Horacio Castellanos MoyaHe's been compared to James Dean and described as the "Kurt Cobain of Latin-American literature", but the real Roberto Bolaño was very different... More...

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Thursday, 5 November, 2009

Non-fiction slumps as fiction sales soar 90%

Retailers are concerned about the performance...... More...

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Thursday, 5 November, 2009

Penguin turns Assassin's Creed into a novel

Penguin Books and computer and video games...... More...

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Thursday, 5 November, 2009

Fickling signs Trash from Andy Mulligan

David Fickling Books has acquired world...... More...

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Thursday, 5 November, 2009

Cape takes Leonard Cohen title at auction

A biography of Leonard Cohen, the Canadian...... More...

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Thursday, 5 November, 2009

Printers to pass on paper price rises

Printers have warned publishers they can no...... More...

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Thursday, 5 November, 2009

Fury after women writers excluded from 'books of the year'

Campaigners incensed after Publishers Weekly's top 10 titles of 2009 ignores female authorsUS trade magazine Publishers Weekly has come under fire for failing to include a single woman in its list of the top 10 titles of 2009.... More...

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Thursday, 5 November, 2009

'Good performance' keeps HC UK ahead of budget

HarperCollins has bounced back from its poor...... More...

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Thursday, 5 November, 2009

Internet access not 'fundamental right', says EU

Proposals to cut off persistent illegal file...... More...

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Thursday, 5 November, 2009

Quarto profits despite 'weak demand in the US'

International publishing group Quarto has...... More...

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Thursday, 5 November, 2009

Publishers urge politicians to support digital copyright plans

Publishers have called on politicians to...... More...

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Thursday, 5 November, 2009

Viz's Roger Mellie to curate Tate Britain exhibition

The cartoon's team will take charge of their own section of the Tate as part of a season on social satireRead more from today's diaryThere will be something just a little different coming up soon among the masterworks at Tate... More...

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Thursday, 5 November, 2009

Lagardère publishing revenue increases

Lagardère's publishing arm was the only part...... More...

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Thursday, 5 November, 2009

Short Books takes £25k Wellcome prize

A title about living with Alzheimer's...... More...

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Thursday, 5 November, 2009

Francisco Ayala, a Spanish Novelist and Literary Scholar, Dies at 103

Mr. Ayala was an eminent Spanish novelist whose work explored societies in which there is much despotism and little benevolence.... More...

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Thursday, 5 November, 2009

For Thrillers, Glenn Beck Is Becoming New Oprah

The outspoken media darling of populist conservatism uses the plots of the novels as a springboard for issues.... More...

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Thursday, 5 November, 2009

Books of The Times: Firing Bullets of Data at Cozy Anti-Science

Michael Specter’s hotly argued diatribe targets those he thinks are emblems of stubbornly anti-scientific thinking, like Prince Charles, Dr. Andrew Weil and Whole Foods.... More...

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Thursday, 5 November, 2009

An Appraisal: Other Voyages in the Shadow of Lévi-Strauss

In 1978 I made my first reporting trip to the Brazilian Amazon, with an orange-and-white Penguin paperback edition of “Tristes Tropiques” as the only book squeezed into my gear.... More...

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Thursday, 5 November, 2009

Lula's malapropisms hit Brazilian bookstores

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Thursday, 5 November, 2009

New Yorker Writer's Book on Mass Extinctions Sells to Holt

Holt buys a New Yorker writer's book on mass extinctions of various species.... More...

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Wednesday, 4 November, 2009

Grant Could Assist Acquisition of Poet's Papers

The National Heritage Memorial Fund in Britain said that it would give about $900,000 toward the purchase of Siegfried Sassoon's archives, which includes notebooks he kept during World War I.... More...

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Wednesday, 4 November, 2009

Grisham hits out at 'shortsighted' discounts

Author John Grisham has called the book price...... More...

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Wednesday, 4 November, 2009

Literary Life

Mark Sanderson on writers' tax bills recycled speeches and successful Brits... More...

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Wednesday, 4 November, 2009

CUP signs 40 titles from Georgian Press

Cambridge University Press acquired roughly...... More...

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Wednesday, 4 November, 2009

Wilkins retires from Tamarind

Verna Wilkins, publisher of Tamarind, has...... More...

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Wednesday, 4 November, 2009

Denbighshire libraries face £90,000 cut

Library services in Denbighshire must find...... More...

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Wednesday, 4 November, 2009

MoM launches its first iPhone app

Michael O'Mara has today launched its first...... More...

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Wednesday, 4 November, 2009

Arabian Nights set for Hollywood makeover

Director of the Mummy spin-off The Scorpion King signs up to give a new spin to the classic characters of One Thousand and One NightsIt introduced the world to such exotic characters as Aladdin, Sinbad, and Ali Baba and the... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Wednesday, 4 November, 2009

Stephen King publishes poem in Playboy

The Bone Church, a narrative work about an ill-fated jungle expedition, appears in November editionMarge Simpson's appearance as its cover girl has attracted a frenzy of media attention, but this month's edition of Playboy magazine contains another, almost equally unexpected... More...

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Wednesday, 4 November, 2009

Headline plots to ensure 'Dan Brown bread'

Headline rearranged the publication date of...... More...

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Wednesday, 4 November, 2009

Authors back changes to literary festival circuit

Effective event promotion by festival...... More...

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Wednesday, 4 November, 2009

Barack Obama's half-brother writes book 'inspired by father's abuse'

Obama's father beat me and my mother, Mark Ndesandjo says, as he launches self-published semi-autobiographical novel阅读中文 | Read this in ChineseBarack Obama's half-brother in China has broken his media silence to launch a semi-autobiographical novel, which he said was partly... More...

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Wednesday, 4 November, 2009

Penguin accused of 'flogging' its past

Penguin has been accused of "flogging its...... More...

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Wednesday, 4 November, 2009

European university press association to be formed

Forty academic presses, including 12 from the...... More...

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Wednesday, 4 November, 2009

Arts Council outlines decision process

Arts Council England has published the...... More...

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Wednesday, 4 November, 2009

Books of The Times: Wartime China’s Elegant Enigma

Mme. Chiang Kai-shek led a long, vastly complicated life, one that is richly detailed in Hannah Pakula’s long, vastly complicated new biography.... More...

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Wednesday, 4 November, 2009

Postcards From the Edge: Tocqueville’s Letters Home

Most of Alexis de Tocqueville’s letters home from America have never been published in English. But Frederick Brown has translated them for a volume due out next year.... More...

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Wednesday, 4 November, 2009

Siegfried Sassoon archive likely to stay in UK after £550,000 award

• Siegfried Sassoon papers attracted interest from US• Cambridge library still short of asking priceA threat that a rich personal archive of Siegfried Sassoon's journals, poems and letters would be broken up or sold to the US appears to have... More...

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Wednesday, 4 November, 2009

Canadian, American writers win French literary prizes

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Wednesday, 4 November, 2009

Lauren Laverne to publish teenage novels

Lauren Laverne the TV presenter and radio DJ is to publish a series of teenage novels after signing a book deal.... More...

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Tuesday, 3 November, 2009

London Review of Books celebrates 30th birthday

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Tuesday, 3 November, 2009

The Online Price War Over Books Has a Fresh Twist (Or Two)

The price war over books sold online takes a new twist as Amazon continues to sell some titles for $9 even after they are released.... More...

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Tuesday, 3 November, 2009

Claude Lévi-Strauss, 100, Dies; Altered Western Views of the ‘Primitive’

Mr. Lévi-Strauss, a towering intellectual, transformed the West’s understanding of what was once called “primitive man.”... More...

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Tuesday, 3 November, 2009

Belongings of Siegfried Sassoon to be preserved at Cambridge University

A £550000 grant has been awarded to help preserve the personal belongings of First World War soldier poet and author Siegfried Sassoon for the nation.... More...

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Tuesday, 3 November, 2009

Guinness knocks Dan Brown off the top

Dan Brown's reign at the summit of the UK...... More...

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Tuesday, 3 November, 2009

Mainstream launches e-book programme

Edinburgh-based publisher Mainstream has...... More...

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Tuesday, 3 November, 2009

Controversial teenage novel wins World Fantasy award

Margo Lanagan's Tender Morsels, described as 'sordid wretchedness' in the Daily Mail, takes joint prize with Jeffrey Ford's The Shadow YearA dark and shocking reworking of the Snow White and Rose Red fairytale by Australian author Margo Lanagan has won... More...

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Tuesday, 3 November, 2009

Scholastic in consultation with staff over distribution changes

Scholastic is in consultation with 31 staff...... More...

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Tuesday, 3 November, 2009

Vietnamese refugee wins Australian prime minister's award for fiction

Nam Le adds A$100,000 prize to last year's Dylan Thomas award for story collection The BoatHe came to Australia as a refugee from Vietnam, and now Nam Le's debut collection of short stories has triumphed over the cream of the... More...

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Tuesday, 3 November, 2009

HarperCollins signs Lauren Laverne

Television presenter and DJ Lauren Laverne is...... More...

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Tuesday, 3 November, 2009

Amazon.co.uk reveals top 100 titles for 2009

A title promoting the benefits of growing...... More...

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Tuesday, 3 November, 2009

McIntosh returns to Random House Inc

Madeline McIntosh is to return to Random...... More...

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Tuesday, 3 November, 2009

IPhone challenge to Kindle as book apps surge

The iPhone may take market share from the...... More...

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Tuesday, 3 November, 2009

Judicial review may force Wirral publication

A Wirral councillor is threatening to use a...... More...

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Tuesday, 3 November, 2009

Big Green Bookshop 'twins' with publisher

North London independent The Big Green...... More...

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Tuesday, 3 November, 2009

First black female winner for France's top literary prize

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Tuesday, 3 November, 2009

First black woman wins France's top literary prize

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Tuesday, 3 November, 2009

French anthropologist Levi-Strauss dead at 100

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Tuesday, 3 November, 2009

International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2010 longlist includes works by Adiga and Saramago

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Tuesday, 3 November, 2009

Lonely Planet presents top picks in 'Best of Travel 2010'

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Tuesday, 3 November, 2009

Collecting Headlines Funnier Than This

It’s immediately apparent just flipping through “Our Front Pages: 21 Years of Greatness, Virtue, and Moral Rectitude From America’s Finest News Source,” that the art of the fake headline has evolved.... More...

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Monday, 2 November, 2009

Books of The Times: The Obama the Campaign Knew

Barack Obama’s campaign manager David Plouffe and The New Yorker’s Hendrik Hertzberg offer readers a chance to relive the long, winding road to victory.... More...

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Monday, 2 November, 2009

A Southern Mirrored Window

Since it came out in February, “The Help” has been embraced by book clubs and bloggers who can’t stop recommending it to their friends.... More...

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Monday, 2 November, 2009

The Girl in the £20m Inheritance Battle – partner of late novelist Stieg Larsson fights for share of fortune

• Bitter row over legacy of Swedish crime sensation• Trilogy published after author died of heart attackAs the author of three dark and violent crime novels, Stieg Larsson was at home in a dysfunctional landscape of simmering resentments and rancourous... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Monday, 2 November, 2009

Critic's view: Stieg Larsson was a very Swedish global phenomenon

Larsson took a genre which has generally sold to men – thrillers turning on technology and conspiracies – and feminised itOn a French beach this summer, almost every sunbather regardless of nationality was reading one of Stieg Larsson's three novels... More...

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Monday, 2 November, 2009

Pow! Comic-strip heroes fight against corruption

Anthology aims to make young people angry at the world's abuses of power... More...

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Monday, 2 November, 2009

Al Gore's Inconvenient Truth sequel stresses spiritual argument on climate

Nobel winner adapts fact-based message to reach those who believe they have a moral duty to protect the planet in Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate CrisisAl's Gore's much-anticipated sequel to An Inconvenent Truth is published today, with... More...

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Monday, 2 November, 2009

NDiaye, Novelist, Wins France’s Top Literary Prize

The French writer Marie NDiaye won France’s Prix Goncourt on Monday for “Three Strong Women,” her tale of the struggles of women in Europe and Africa.... More...

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Monday, 2 November, 2009

Survey on overtime in bookshops

The Bookseller has launched a survey...... More...

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Monday, 2 November, 2009

Black woman wins Prix Goncourt for the first time

Three Powerful Women, by French-Senegalese author Marie NDiaye, takes France's top literary honourFrench-Senegalese writer Marie NDiaye has become the first black woman to win France's most prestigious literary award, the Prix Goncourt.... More...

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Monday, 2 November, 2009

Mirchandani buys new Adiga novel

Ravi Mirchandani at Atlantic has bought...... More...

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Monday, 2 November, 2009

Judges named for 2010 And/Or prize

Broadcaster and novelist Francine Stock and...... More...

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Monday, 2 November, 2009

Random House signs Forests of Britain

Random House will celebrate the 'history,...... More...

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Monday, 2 November, 2009

Virgin joins Ebury stable, Sadler leaving

Virgin Books, previously a standalone...... More...

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Monday, 2 November, 2009

Aravind Adiga heads Impac Dublin prize longlist

The White Tiger wins most nominations, from librarians around the world, for the €100,000 prizeAravind Adiga's Booker prize-winning novel The White Tiger has emerged as an early frontrunner for the Impac Dublin literary award, but the Indian writer will have... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Monday, 2 November, 2009

Taffy Thomas appointed first storytelling laureate

Two-year role will be vehicle to promote the power of stories and the oral traditionThe storyteller Taffy Thomas is creating a yarn of his own to add to the 300 traditional tales which make up his repertoire, the legend of... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Monday, 2 November, 2009

Blue Peter shortlist drawn

Nine titles have been shortlisted for the...... More...

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Monday, 2 November, 2009

Barnesandnoble.com to expand internationally

Giant US bookseller Barnes & Noble is...... More...

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Monday, 2 November, 2009

Octopus relocates to central London

Octopus Publishing Group is relocating from...... More...

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Monday, 2 November, 2009

Middlesex University Press to close

Middlesex University Press is being shut down...... More...

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Monday, 2 November, 2009

Borders hires new children's buyer

Borders UK has appointed Tristan Chippington...... More...

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Monday, 2 November, 2009

Books of The Times: Bite-Size Legal Trouble and Suspense

Mr. Grisham took seven of his unused plot ideas and turned each of them into a sharp, lean tale free of subplots and padding.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Monday, 2 November, 2009

Lorca's grave awakens other ghosts

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Monday, 2 November, 2009

Spotlight | Purchase: Meet ‘Olive Kitteridge’

Elizabeth Strout, the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “Olive Kitteridge,” read from the book at Manhattanville College this week.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Sunday, 1 November, 2009

Off the Shelf: An Old Master, Back in Fashion

The life and theories of the famed British economist, John Maynard Keynes, are re-examined in three new books.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Sunday, 1 November, 2009

Lionel Davidson, British Writer of Well-Traveled Thrillers, Dies at 87

Mr. Davidson was a noted British thriller writer whose novels brought to life far-flung settings like Prague, Tibet, Israel and Siberia.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Sunday, 1 November, 2009

Chick lit offers fully rounded heroines for fully rounded women

US publishing trend, 'bigger chick lit', booms as women respond to more realistic take on weight... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Sunday, 1 November, 2009

Second World War blunder that doomed 50,000 British PoWs

British intelligence told prisoners to stay in their camps after Italy surrendered - only for them to be seized by Germans... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Sunday, 1 November, 2009

How did America fall in love with Precious?

A film about a fat, abused black teenager which won plaudits at the Sundance and Cannes festivals is tipped for Oscar successClaireece Precious Jones is 16 years old and pregnant with her father's baby. It will be her second child... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Sunday, 1 November, 2009

Laureate to help storytelling live happily ever after

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Sunday, 1 November, 2009

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