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Tuesday September 21, 2021 at 6:03pm
Almost every industry has experienced issues, and even some of the world's biggest companies have not been immune -- with experts warning that disruptions, especially around holiday shopping, are inevitable. In all manner of ways, the supply chain -- that complicated, multifaceted, too-many-steps-to-name process that brings products to consumers -- has been derailed by the Covid-19 pandemic. And the book publishing industry is no exception. View Full Story
Wednesday September 15, 2021 at 6:15pm
Novels set in Sri Lanka and South Africa, Cardiff Bay and the outer cosmos are among those to have been nominated for this year's Booker Prize.The chair of the judges said choosing the six "immersive" books had felt "transporting in a year when so many of us have been confined to home".The list includes three American writers and, for the second year in a row, only one British author.View Full Story
Monday September 6, 2021 at 10:44pm
Beer for two in Böckler Park, BerlinYou asked me for a love poemand I gave you a text message and a handful ofimaginary paprika crisps. You told me this wasinsufficient to the moment and I agreed.It was 3.08pm. I wrapped a single curl aroundmy index finger – smiled. The thing about loveis the very thinginess of it. You must agree!A ‘now I’ve got you now I never won’t’.View full poem
Wednesday September 1, 2021 at 5:53pm
This novel is a virtuoso performance. A literary homage to Fielding and Sterne, it tells the story of Thomas Peach, who moves to a remote corner of Somerset in 1785 to nurse his ailing wife. But his wife is never seen, and gossip is rife. Is Mr Peach “a scholar of mysterious arts”, and has he imprisoned his wife “in order to get his grasping hands on an inheritance”?When Mr Peach travels to Bristol for a meeting of the Anti-Lapsarian Society, which aims to reverse the Fal....
Friday August 27, 2021 at 1:43pm
1. 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 following the sudden death of her husband changed the nature of writing about bereavement. 3. No Logo by Naomi Klein (1999) Naomi Klein’s timely anti-branding bible combined a fresh approach to ....
Friday August 20, 2021 at 4:01pm
Jill Murphy: The Worst Witch and Large family author dies at 72image sourceNic KnightChildren's author and illustrator Jill Murphy, who created the beloved Worst Witch books, has died at the age of 72.Murphy also published picture books including the Large family series, Peace at Last and The Last Noo-Noo.Belinda Ioni Rasmussen, managing director of Macmillan Children's Books, said: "She had an unparalleled talent for storytelling through words and pictures."Without doubt, her picture ....
Tuesday August 17, 2021 at 6:27pm
New book Peril follows Fear and Rage, and is based on hundreds of interviews as well as diaries, secret orders and phone transcripts.Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward’s third book about Donald Trump will be called Peril, completing a trilogy begun with Fear and Rage. According to its publisher, it will also include sections on the first months of Joe Biden’s presidency.Woodward rose to fame in the early 1970s, working with Carl Bernstein to uncover the Watergate scandal which bro....
Monday August 2, 2021 at 11:44am
Dazzling debut novels, searing polemics, the history of humanity and trailblazing memoirs ... Read our pick of the best books since 2000100I Feel Bad About My Neckby Nora Ephron (2006)Perhaps better known for her screenwriting (Silkwood, When Harry Met Sally, Heartburn), Ephron’s brand of smart theatrical humour is on best display in her essays. Confiding and self-deprecating, she has a way of always managing to sound like your best friend – even when writing about her apartment on N....
Wednesday July 28, 2021 at 11:22am
That could happen if the UK government changes how copyright works.Save Our Books is a campaign by UK authors, literary agents, publishers and other supportive partners to prevent the government from heading the wrong way on copyright. Keep reading to learn how you can support us and prevent irreparable damage to one of the UK’s biggest and most vital creative industries.The UK is home to internationally acclaimed writing and publishing, its book trade a dynamic, multi-faceted cultural for....
Sunday July 25, 2021 at 2:54pm
7 principles to help you read more and read betterDeep reading, or full engagement in a book, is an absolute joy. It is good for mind and spirit, and it is also a competitive advantage in today’s knowledge-based economy. Increasingly, people struggle to pay attention to just about anything, let alone a book. Yet deep reading confers many benefits above and beyond watching a YouTube video or skimming an article. These benefits include developing a richer understanding of a topic, increasing....