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Sunday August 13, 2017 at 1:17am
Author tells readers that he is ‘months away’ from finishing long-awaited next instalment of epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire
Sunday August 13, 2017 at 1:14am
The Reconstruction of a Crime, which the Scottish author co-wrote with the humorist EV Lucas, has been unearthed by the Strand magazine
Thursday August 10, 2017 at 1:12am
1. Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened’ - Dr. Seuss2. “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” Oscar Wilde
Friday July 7, 2017 at 7:18pm
A fundraising auction supported by authors including Margaret Atwood, Jacqueline Wilson and Philip Pullman has raised more than £150,000 to support residents affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.Pullman, who offered to name a character in the second instalment of his new series The Book of Dust, raised £32,400 after teacher James Clements suggested the character should be named in memory of his former pupil Nur Huda el-Wahabi, who died in the tragedy.Bidding crashed through the £30,000 barrier ai....
Friday July 7, 2017 at 7:12pm
City of Sydney scraps library fines after trial shows reminders work better The City of Sydney council has abolished all library fines after an eight-month trial revealed they do not work as an incentive for people to return books.Three times as many overdue items were returned to the council’s libraries during the no-fine trial period, compared with the 12 months before the trial.The lord mayor, Clover Moore, said fines often had a detrimental effect and “frightened” borrowers into never return....
Saturday July 1, 2017 at 7:14pm
Nipples on My Knee by Graham and Debra Robertson, a memoir of “25 years in the sheep business”, is the fleecy frontrunner for the the 2017 Diagram prize for oddest book title of the year.It leads a modest flock of five titles contending for the annual prize run by trade magazine the Bookseller. Without giving away the origins of the title, the Robertsons invite readers to “sit back in front of the fireplace on a cold, snowy evening, perhaps with a glass of sherry, while we relate to you our expe....
Thursday June 22, 2017 at 7:16pm
Hilary Mantel’s hotly anticipated final instalment to her Man Booker-winning Wolf Hall trilogy is unlikely to appear next summer, the author said this week. Responding to a question from the audience in her latest Reith lecture for the BBC, she said it was “increasingly unlikely” the book would be published in 2018 as she had previously hoped.The novel, which completes the story of Henry VIII’s doomed right-hand man Thomas Cromwell, will be titled The Mirror and the Light. The first two books in....
Thursday June 15, 2017 at 1:16am
Twenty years after Arundhati Roy won the Man Booker prize for her debut novel The God of Small Things, the Indian author has been longlisted for the £50,000 award for her second, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness.
Tuesday June 6, 2017 at 1:46am
Speaking at Hay festival, writer accuses ‘aggregating news agencies’ of not taking responsibility for their contentStephen Fry has called for Facebook and other “aggregating news agencies” to be reclassified as publishers in order to stop fake news and online abuse spreading by making social media subject to the same legal responsibilities as traditional news websites.
Thursday June 1, 2017 at 1:39am
Passages quoted in new edition of Eliot’s correspondence show Vivien Haigh-Wood convinced herself that he had been kidnapped to explain his absence.The first wife of TS Eliot refused to accept that their marriage was over, explaining away his absence from her life with deluded excuses, her diary reveals.Vivien Haigh-Wood was devastated when her relationship with one of the 20th century’s most important writers ended with their separation in 1933.