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Thursday July 22, 2021 at 11:35am
Young TikTok users are sharing their passion for books with millions – bringing titles they love to life online and reshaping the publishing world, all in under a minuteAlison FloodFri 25 Jun 2021 12.00 BSTLast modified on Fri 25 Jun 2021 12.32 BST In August 2020, Kate Wilson, a 16-year-old from Shrewsbury, posted on the social media video platform TikTok a series of quotes from books she had read, “that say I love you, without actually saying I love you”. Set to a melancholy s....
Wednesday July 14, 2021 at 1:41pm
he author was repeatedly told that no one wanted to read fun books with disabled heroes. Now she has won the £5,000 Waterstones children’s book prize for her debut, A Kind of SparkWhen Scottish author Elle McNicoll was first trying to enter the publishing world, she was repeatedly told that people didn’t want to read about an autistic heroine. “In job interviews, I was saying that I wanted to see more books with disabled characters in them that were not traumatic, boring ....
Friday July 2, 2021 at 11:47am
1. The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan (1678)A story of a man in search of truth told with the simple clarity and beauty of Bunyan’s prose make this the ultimate English classic.2. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe (1719)By the end of the 19th century, no book in English literary history had enjoyed more editions, spin-offs and translations. Crusoe’s world-famous novel is a complex literary confection, and it’s irresistible.3. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift (1....
Wednesday June 30, 2021 at 11:33am
Charles Dickens Museum opens new display, which will encourage visitors to follow in the author’s footsteps around the nearby sites that inspired the novelAlison FloodWhen Charles Dickens was writing Oliver Twist in 1837, he required a suitably horrible magistrate to preside over Oliver’s trial for pick-pocketing. Dickens knew exactly who to base the character on: a notorious Mr Laing, who worked in Hatton Garden, down the road from the author’s London home on Doughty Street.Di....
Saturday June 19, 2021 at 11:50am
The art of losing isn’t hard to master; so many things seem filled with the intent to be lost that their loss is no disaster. Lose something every day. Accept the fluster of lost door keys, the hour badly spent. The art of losing isn’t hard to master.View whole poem Reporter's Notebook Picks for Poetry MonthEvery day for the month of April, we’ll share a poem that speaks to us. To share your own favorite, email hello@theatlantic.com, and tell us a little bit about why you love ....
Friday June 11, 2021 at 1:37pm
The Writers’ Guild of Alberta is pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 Alberta Literary Awards and the Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize. This year's award winners were announced in an online video release on June 9th. The video is available to watch on our YouTube channel.  View Whole Story
Friday June 4, 2021 at 4:30pm
Diop is the first French writer to win the prize for translated fiction – split with his translator Anna Moschovakis – for novel about a Senegalese soldier fighting for France in the first world warDavid Diop has become the first French novelist to win the International Booker prize for translated fiction with At Night All Blood Is Black, his first novel translated into English.Diop, the author of two novels, and his translator Anna Moschovakis, split the £50,000 annual prize, ....
Wednesday June 2, 2021 at 4:32pm
Harry Potter publisher issues third profit upgrade of 2021 after sales increase to £185mLockdown reading has helped the Harry Potter publisher Bloomsbury to its third profit upgrade of the year after a 22% surge in annual pre-tax profits.The company said people had “rediscovered the joy of reading” during the coronavirus pandemic, pushing its sales 14% higher to £185m in the 12 months to the end of February.Bloomsbury performed significantly better than the wider UK publi....
Thursday May 27, 2021 at 12:12pm
Beloved children’s author who inspired millions of children died at summer home in Massachusetts, say familyEric Carle, the children’s author and illustrator whose classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar and other works gave millions of children some of their earliest literary memories, has died at age 91.Carle’s family said he died of kidney failure on Sunday at his summer studio in Northampton, Massachusetts, with family members at his side.On Thursday, all sectors of the creativ....
Saturday May 22, 2021 at 3:43pm
Thousands of fans gather in online games to hold memorials for the artist and writer, who had been working on the series since 1989Kentaro Miura, creator of the long-running dark fantasy manga Berserk – one of the bestselling manga series ever written – has died at the age of 54.His US publisher Dark Horse Comics, describing Miura as a “master artist and storyteller”, said he had suffered acute aortic dissection and died on 6 May. “He will be greatly missed. Our con....
Friday May 14, 2021 at 12:37pm
View the Books for Vaccines page on Air Auctioneer below. Following quoted from page.View Site Books For Vaccines *Please note, this auction is UK shipping only for the physical prizes - Zoom calls and mentoring plus online critiques are open internationally*What is Books for Vaccines?Books For Vaccines is a volunteer-run charity auction to raise money for Care International, who in turn are raising funds to help vaccinate the world against the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID pandemic has hit us al....
Friday May 7, 2021 at 12:40pm
Douglas Stuart has won Book of the Year at the British Book Awards, triumphing with his “truly exceptional” début novel, Shuggie Bain (Picador). Others winners at the virtual ceremony (held on 13th May) were 17-year-old Dara McAnulty, former monk Jay Shetty, Delia Owens, Caroline Hirons, Robert Galbraith, and M G Leonard and Sam Sedgman.Stuart’s novel, which also picked up the Fiction: Début award, claimed the overall prize after beating off fierce competition fro....
Wednesday April 21, 2021 at 3:25pm
Booksellers report giddy customers browsing and smelling books, with 3.7m print books shifted in first week after lockdownBooksellers have reported their customers “acting like kids in a sweet shop”, with print sales jumping a third in the first week of bookshops opening their doors after lockdown.Readers on the bookshops they miss most: ‘I can’t wait to take my lockdown baby!’Read moreBookshops open across England and Wales opened on 12 April, alongside other non-e....
Wednesday April 14, 2021 at 8:27pm
From Alexandre Dumas to Ian McEwan, writers serve up a dish that’s best prepared only in imaginationn the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Then he added man. Maybe he wouldn’t have if he’d known what was coming. Anyway, Adam and Eve messed up, God became furious and launched Project Fall of Man. In doing so he also created revenge as a concept.As my new novel Sweet Sweet Revenge Ltd has been published in country after country, I have learned how to answer quest....
Saturday April 3, 2021 at 12:39pm
Four decades after his Booker-winner was published, Rushdie reflects on the Bombay of his childhood – and his despair at the sectarianism he sees in India todaySalman RushdieLongevity is the real prize for which writers strive, and it isn’t awarded by any jury. For a book to stand the test of time, to pass successfully down the generations, is uncommon enough to be worth a small celebration. For a writer in his mid-70s, the continued health of a book published in his mid-30s is, quit....
Tuesday March 16, 2021 at 11:07am
An ImproverMaisie’s been holding down her head all day,Her little red head. And her pointed chinRests on her neck that slips so softly inThe square-cut low-necked darling dress she madeIn such a way, since it’s high-waisted, too,It lets you guess how fair young breasts beginUnder the gentle pleasant folds of blue.The Australian poet and novelist Lesbia Harford, 1891-1927, was among the first women to graduate in law from the University of Melbourne. But her achievement was no passpor....
Wednesday March 3, 2021 at 11:09am
After two years of careful reading, moving backwards through time, Robert McCrum has concluded his selection of the 100 greatest nonfiction books. Take a quick look at five centuries of great writing1. The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert (2014) An engrossing account of the looming catastrophe caused by ecology’s “neighbours from hell” – mankind.2. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion (2005)This steely and devastating examination of the author’s grief f....
Saturday February 27, 2021 at 3:25pm
"A few notes: Because the “contemporary” list surveyed novels published since 1970 (inclusive), this list will define “classic” as being originally published before 1970." Click here to view whole artilce and listAdolfo Bioy Casares, tr. Ruth L.C. Simms, The Invention of Morel (1940) : 103 pagesBoth Jorge Luis Borges and Octavio Paz described this novel as perfect, and I admit I can’t find much fault with it either. It is technically about a fugitive whose....
Wednesday February 10, 2021 at 12:48am
'Utterly original' Monique Roffey wins Costa book of the yearThe Mermaid of Black Conch takes £30,000 award for 2020’s most enjoyable book, acclaimed by judges as a classic in the making‘I really wanted this book to be seen and read’ … Monique Roffey. Photograph: David Levene/The GuardianMonique Roffey has won the £30,000 Costa book of the year award for her sixth novel, The Mermaid of Black Conch, which opens as a fisherman on a Caribbean island sees a &ldqu....
Wednesday January 6, 2021 at 12:43am
Marvel removes antisemitic trope from Immortal Hulk comicPanel showing character visiting ‘Jewery’ shop was an ‘honest but terrible mistake’, says artist Joe Bennett but the publisher has withdrawn the illustrationMarvel has removed antisemitic imagery from print and digital editions of the new issue of its Immortal Hulk comic after widespread condemnation.The comic, published last week, was criticised after readers noticed that one panel featured the character Joe Fixit,....
Tuesday December 29, 2020 at 9:27pm
Details of historic decision-making amid growing racist resentment feature in this elegant, if restrained, account of life inside the White Hous.To read Barack Obama’s autobiography in the last, snarling days of Donald Trump is to stare into an abyss between two opposite ends of humanity, and wonder once again at how the same country came to choose two such disparate men.Somewhere at the top of a long list of contrasts is their grasp of language and facts. On the eve of the book’s pu....
Tuesday December 15, 2020 at 9:33pm
The novelist’s hit debut, a witty spin on race, feminism and sex based on her time as a nanny in New York, has even won fans among her former employers…This time last year, Kiley Reid was a tantalising rumour, the truth of which was known only to her publishers and to the film company that had optioned her debut novel two years before it was ready to see the light of day. When Such a Fun Age was published – on New Year’s Eve in the US and a week later in the UK – t....
Thursday December 10, 2020 at 12:01am
Tara June Winch has become the first Indigenous Australian to win both of Australia’s major writing prizes in a year, taking out the $80,000 fiction category for the 2020 Prime Minister’s Literary award on Thursday after winning the $60,000 Miles Franklin in July.This year’s awards, announced on Thursday, included a record showing for Indigenous writers and writers of colour, with the Gay’wu Group of Women winning the non-fiction category for Songspirals; the Darug duo of....
Friday December 4, 2020 at 12:03am
Roald Dahl's family apologises for his antisemitismStatement on author’s official website says his views caused ‘lasting and understandable hurt’The family of Roald Dahl has apologised for his antisemitism in a statement buried deep in the author’s official website.Dahl, who died 30 years ago, is described on the site as “the world’s No 1 storyteller”, whose books – including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda and The BFG – have entra....
Thursday November 12, 2020 at 5:48pm
Bookshop.org, which launched in the US earlier this year, has accelerated UK plans and goes online this week in partnership with more than 130 shopsIt is being described as a “revolutionary moment in the history of bookselling”: a socially conscious alternative to Amazon that allows readers to buy books online while supporting their local independent bookseller. And after a hugely successful launch in the US, it is open in the UK from today.View More
Thursday October 22, 2020 at 9:35pm
After two years of careful consideration, Robert McCrum has reached a verdict on his selection of the 100 greatest novels written in English. Take a look at his list1. The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan (1678)A story of a man in search of truth told with the simple clarity and beauty of Bunyan’s prose make this the ultimate English classic.2. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe (1719)By the end of the 19th century, no book in English literary history had enjoyed more editions, spin-of....
Friday May 22, 2020 at 1:10pm
These are unprecedented times – but even so, comparisons are being made to the Second World War in terms of the magnitude of the crisis that coronavirus represents. Some of this rhetoric is unhelpful but, as we bunker down into our homes and the government gets on a war footing, there is little doubt that the challenge to our liberty, leisure time and sense of wellbeing is real.With early reports that book sales are soaring while bookshops and warehouses close down and publishers reassess ....
Sunday May 17, 2020 at 3:28pm
A new survey has revealed that people in the UK have almost doubled the amount of time they spend reading books since lockdown began, but instead of dystopian fiction readers are turning to the “comfort” of crime and thrillers.Nielsen Book’s research found that 41% of people said they were reading more books since Boris Johnson imposed the measures on 23 March. According to the nationally representative sample of 1,000 adults, surveyed from 29 April to 1 May, the nation has als....
Tuesday May 5, 2020 at 1:12pm
Neil Gaiman has apologised to “everyone on the island” of Skye after he was spoken to by local police for travelling more than 11,000 miles from New Zealand to his home there, in breach of Scotland’s lockdown rules.Gaiman, the author of the Sandman comics, Coraline and American Gods, left New Zealand at the start of May, writing on his blog that he and his wife Amanda Palmer had “found ourselves in a rough place” and “needed to give each other some space, whic....
Wednesday April 29, 2020 at 1:13pm
Bryan Washington, a 27-year-old writer from Houston, has won the £30,000 Swansea University International Dylan Thomas prize for his “kickass” debut short story collection, Lot.The collection is a portrait of the author’s home town, one of the most diverse cities in the US. Half of the stories follow a young gay man, with a black mother and a Latino father, who wrestles with his own sexuality and the challenging attitudes of those around him. The rest roam among the city&....
Thursday April 23, 2020 at 4:21pm
This April 23, World Book Day is being celebrated by millions of people and over 100 countries in lockdown. With schools closed due to COVID-19 and families confined at home, books stimulate our minds and boost well-being.With schools closed due to COVID-19 and families stuck at home, books are more important than ever to stimulate minds and inspire hope. In fact, some research has found reading has surged in many households since lockdown restrictions have been put in place. Today's World Book....
Friday March 27, 2020 at 4:07pm
First and foremost, we hope everyone is keeping safe and well in these difficult times.If while at home you wish to continue or start publishing a book please do, and the site will take you through the publishing steps.  Our frequently asked questions, accessible via the top of the homepage can also assist.FeedARead is a highly automated site in its publishing steps, so is able to continue to assist you to publish for those who may want to, including to help keep busy in these times if you ....
Sunday March 22, 2020 at 12:10pm
Waterstones has said it will close its 280 UK branches from Monday, hours after its chief executive said the bookstore chain was “no different to a supermarket or a pharmacy” and would stay open during the coronavirus shutdown.James Daunt said the decision had been taken after some staff complained that they felt at risk in the stores and had not been given any protective equipment such as hand sanitiser or gloves.View News item
Monday September 2, 2019 at 1:55pm
It makes sense for Hollywood to look to the written word for inspiration when it comes to producing new films. But, the sad truth is there's become an over-reliance on using pre-existing material to either find the next big franchise or to capitalise on the success of a bestseller. It's fair enough – these adaptations will always be guaranteed large box office takings thanks to the book's readers merely showing up to see how the film has translated certai....
Tuesday July 30, 2019 at 3:23pm
The winning entrant of the following competition from the correct entries was Liz Hill. Many congratulations to Liz on her competition win!Free to Enter Competition - Win a Bloomsbury Editor critique of your novel's opening chapters How To Enter: Simply read a brief extract from the books below by clicking on the View Extract links of the book titles below and then click the button you will see to view the extracts. Then, enter your favourite 2 book extracts from all the books as outlined below.....
Saturday July 20, 2019 at 3:33pm
Job satisfaction comes and goes, partners enrapture and abscond, but you can always fall back on the timeless ability of literature to transport you to a different world. View More
Tuesday July 2, 2019 at 3:35pm
Jokha Alharthi wins for Celestial BodiesOmani author becomes first Arabic-language writer to scoop accolade alongside translatorAn author from Oman has become the first Arabic-language writer to win the Man Booker International Prize with Celestial Bodies.Jokha Alharthi’s winning novel tells the story of three sisters and a desert country confronting its slave-owning past and a complex modern world. The author plans to split the £50,000 prize money with her translator, US academ....
Sunday June 9, 2019 at 8:13pm
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Tuesday June 4, 2019 at 8:22pm
Normal0MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Authors are finding that an online audience is a new box they need to tick at the publisher’s office, reports They say everyone has a book inside of them. But does everyone have what it takes to get a book deal? Besides a great idea, you arguably need talent, time and dedication to tip yourself over the line from aspiring writer to published author. In 2019, you may also need a social media following. Take Pinch of Nom, a cookbook....
Wednesday May 29, 2019 at 8:25pm
Persephone Books reprints neglected works by women writers of the mid-20th century. Sarah Lyall tells us what makes these books so special Lamb’s Conduit Street seems almost too adorable to be real, as if Ye Olde Fantasy Englande, the one that exists in your head, had suddenly sprung to life. But it feels exactly right that this cobblestone thoroughfare in Bloomsbury, filled as it is with idiosyncratic shops selling artisanal cheese and homemade cakes and other rarefied item....
Tuesday May 7, 2019 at 7:09pm
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings is the best-selling fantasy novel in history with sales of 150 million; on Friday Tolkien, a film about his early life, is released. He is the creator of an entire mythology but in his other life he was the Merton Professor of English Language and Literature at Oxford University. He was a philologist living, as his friend CS Lewis said, “inside language” but he also lived at 21 Merton Street, the red-brick mansion block where my....
Saturday May 4, 2019 at 12:34am
Many Congratulations to FeedARead authors Éamonn Ó hUallacháin and Kevin McMahom for their successful launch of the book "The Troubles in Creggan Parish 1969-2000"  in Crossmaglen, South Armagh. More that 100 people attended and all 200 copies of the book were sold.
Thursday May 2, 2019 at 2:30pm
The capital’s only floating second-hand bookshop – which has been open for nine months, travelling between Camden Lock, Angel, Hackney and Paddington – stops for two weeks at each mooring to sell books donated by the public and by charity bookshops.It is owned by Paddy, “The Doctor”, and his co-partners, John Privett, “The Professor”, and a mysterious Frenchman called “The Captain”. View more: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/9124067/London-Book-Barge-A-bookshop-to-float-your-boat.html
Tuesday April 23, 2019 at 8:43pm
Good news! Optician David Baker's latest feedaread published book Window of the Soul has been nominated for the 2019 Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize for making science accessible to a mass audience.
Tuesday April 9, 2019 at 7:21pm
National Library Week (April 7- 13) is a great time to remind yourself of all your library has to offer. Whether you check out the library in person or online, you’ll be contributing to your community.This year’s theme is “Libraries = Strong Communities.”Melinda Gates is the honorary chair of National Library Week. In the last 20 years, Gates’ Global Libraries initiative has invested more than $1 billion in enhancing libraries and empowering communities.View Fu....
Tuesday April 2, 2019 at 7:25pm
There’s a scene in the new series of Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s dark comedy Fleabag that stands out. In the middle of an awkward family dinner, the heroine’s sister Claire (Sian Clifford) rushes to the bathroom. Waller-Bridge’s Fleabag follows, offering her a wad of tissue, assuming it’s a heavy period. It isn’t. It’s a miscarriage. For journalist and author Elizabeth Day, it struck a particular chord. It was her own restaurant miscarriage that inspired....
Wednesday March 27, 2019 at 7:28pm
The classics you may already know, and the hidden gems that deserve more attentionView Full Story
Tuesday March 12, 2019 at 7:33pm
The forthcoming novel centres around a sinister institute populated by children with 'special talents'Stephen King is set to release a new novel in the spirit of two of his previous hits – It and Firestarter.The author announced the forthcoming title on his website on Thursday. The Institute, which centres around a “sinister” facility for children with “special talents” (such as telekinesis and telepathy), will come out on 10 September.See F....
Sunday February 10, 2019 at 4:55am
Orson Welles’s formidable talents as an actor, director, producer and writer are well known through classic movies such as Citizen Kane and The Third Man. But more than three decades after his death, Welles’s flair for draughtsmanship is now increasingly being recognised.Sketches of film and stage productions are among hundreds of drawings reproduced in a forthcoming book, which follows a documentary about his art and an exhibition in Edinburgh last summer.View Full Article
Friday January 25, 2019 at 5:00am
Ex-New York Times editor said sources ‘should have been cited as quotations’ in Merchants of Truth after plagiarism accusationsThe former executive editor of the New York Times has acknowledged making some sourcing errors in her book Merchants of Truth and says she will correct them.In an email on Thursday to the Associated Press, Jill Abramson wrote that some page numbers in the sourcing notes needed to be fixed and that some sources “should have been cited as quotations in th....
Friday January 18, 2019 at 5:01am
The British author, who produced numerous bestsellers after her 1987 breakthrough, died following a strokeRosamunde Pilcher, author of the sweeping, bestselling family saga The Shell Seekers, has died aged 94.Her son, the author Robin Pilcher, confirmed the news to the Guardian . “She had been in great form up until Christmas, then suffered from bronchitis in the new year, but was always expected to bounce back as before. However, she suffered a stroke on Sunday night and never regained co....
Friday January 11, 2019 at 5:04am
Among all the dispute and conjecture that has surrounded the life of Catcher in the Rye author JD Salinger, one mystery remains especially puzzling. What did he produce after ceasing to publish his writing in 1965, and will it ever be read? It seemed possible that more work would come to light after Salinger’s death in 2010. In 2013 a documentary and accompanying book claimed, among other things, to describe the contents of five new Salinger books that would be forthcoming by 2020 at the l....
Friday December 28, 2018 at 5:06am
The book that changed my lifeFranz Kafka’s Metamorphosis troubled me at first because it broke all the rules. There was no explanation, no sympathy only absurdity and suffering. This is the book that made me realise I could write through a distorted lens and still convey truth.The books I think are most overratedThe Song of Ice and Fire series by George RR Martin. One battle with an army of the undead is enough for me. Give me The Lord of the Rings any day.See full interview
Monday December 17, 2018 at 5:08am
After Columbine, Dave Cullen swore he would never write about a mass shooting again. But over the next 20 years, he realised that he and other journalists had a duty to destroy the deadly myths they had helped create.As I drove down Highway 6 toward the Rocky Mountains on 20 April 1999, hoping to find this high school I had never heard of in Columbine, where shots had been reported but no injuries, I had no conception of what I was about to witness. What was happening inside that high school was....
Monday December 3, 2018 at 5:10am
Q: What books do you recommend for coming to terms with lifelong loneliness?A: Amanda Craig, author and critic, writes:Loneliness is so much a part of being both a writer and reader that it’s no wonder most of us are what Patrick Hamilton’s novel calls The Slaves of Solitude.Shakespeare invented the word, Philip Larkin celebrated it, but Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe (1719) was the first to live with loneliness. Shipwrecked on his desert island for 28 years, he builds shelter,....
Thursday November 29, 2018 at 5:12am
Good Omens, Neverwhere, Coraline, American Gods ... the genre-defying author joined us to answer your questionsView Full Interview
Thursday November 1, 2018 at 5:14am
After discovering most novels of ‘literary value’ are written by dead white men, Emily Maguire asks, who gets to decide? And what’s the criteria? I dropped out of high school early, so when I eventually got to university I was a “mature-age student”. What a ridiculous label. I was 24, and I didn’t feel mature – I felt ancient.After almost a decade working minimum wage jobs with shitty pay and shittier treatment, I felt exhausted beyond words. And as some....
Monday October 1, 2018 at 5:17am
In February I saw a photo of Meghan Markle and the Duchess of Cambridge sitting next to each other at the Royal Foundation Forum, wearing colour coordinated dresses (lavender for Kate, deep purple-blue for Meghan). It wasn’t their dresses I minded, it was how they sat – legs crossed neatly at the ankle, knees pressed firmly together. t was that dulce et decorum pose passed down to generations of girls and young women expected to demonstrate their good breeding on social occasions &nd....