At the end of May last year, as bookshops looked to open and play catch-up after the first 12-week lockdown in the United Kingdom, I warned that the deluge of new, moved and recently published titles could have a deleterious impact on their chances of thriving over the summer as well as hampering booksellers.
British-American author Patrick Ness talks about Burn, his latest novel, adapting Lord of the Flies for the big screen and the forthcoming film of his Chaos Walking series.
Hannah, the protagonist of Amanda Craig's The Golden Rule, is a young single mother with a cruel, abusive ex-husband. A university graduate, she has left her job in advertising because of rampant sexual harassment, and is living a life of grinding, miserable poverty in London, working as a cleaner to the oblivious well-off to make ends meet.
While not celebrating its half century in exactly the manner it had planned, literary agency Watson, Little has had a solid year despite the pandemic, according to its managing director.
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With the London and Bologna book fairs rescheduled in an attempt to host a physical event, a number of companies have sought to create their own virtual ‘fairs’ to enable rights-trading and connect authors and readers.
Given the timing of its publication, you would be forgiven for thinking Alison Bechdel’s latest graphic novel, The Secret of Superhuman Strength, might have been borne out of lockdown.
University student Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé’s début novel Ace of Spades may not be out until 10th June, but it’s already making a splash.