Two-time Booker Prize winner Hilary Mantel and US novelist Anne Tyler are up against seven debut novelists, including Kiley Reid and Avni Doshi, on this year's longlist for the £50,000 award.
Production company Bad Wolf has optioned Terri White's memoir Coming Undone (Canongate, 2020) for TV.
Granta Books has acquired a second novel from Anuk Arudpragasam titled A Passage North.
Rishi Sunak is said to be exploring plans for an online sales tax to protect high street shops from competition from internet retailers, and plans to replace business rates.
Penguin Business will publish The Business Survival Kit by Byron Cole and Bianca Miller-Cole.
Alex Call, founder of Bert's Books, discusses his role.
Though several publishers have been hit hard by the economic impact of coronavirus, one that has been thriving during this period is Chelsea Green Publishing (CGP), which specialises in non-fiction books on the politics and practice of sustainable living. CGP was launched by American husband-and-wife team Ian and Margo Baldwin in Chelsea, Vermont, in 1984. They decided to branch out into publishing in the UK a couple of years ago after its distribution moved to Publishers Group UK and it saw “amazing growth” in sales on these shores.
Orion Spring is publishing a new book from Fearne Cotton in January 2021, called Speak Your Truth.