Do translators really need 1m euro in EU subsidies – and is the future digital?
More than 10,000 people have joined a Facebook group calling on members to “subversively move Tony Blair’s memoirs to the crime section in book shops”.
It’s creator, 24-year-old Euan Booth from London, set up the group in order to take non-violent direct action against what he sees as the wrongful categorisation by bookshops of ‘A Journey’ [...]
Those book lovers who saw the tall, willowy figure of the highly acclaimed novelist, David Mitchell (pictured), roaming the verdant grounds of Charlotte Square Gardens, at the Edinburgh Book Festival, over the weekend, might have been a little miffed when they opened up their copy of The Scotsman this morning, to discover a photograph of [...]
A two part blog, this, to accompany my review of ‘Roberto Bolaño: The Last Interview’. First of all, an overview of the books we have yet to come from Picador, Bolaño’s UK publisher; and secondly, a brief trawl through some of the best footnotes to this most fashionable – and bloggable – of authors on the [...]
I first noticed this when the highly regarded Russian-America author Gary Shteyngart was interviewed on Kurt Anderson’s radio show a few weeks back. The writer’s new novel Super Sad True Love Story, a dystopian satire set in the not too distant American future, is getting rave reviews in the US at the moment (read a [...]
I’D be very surprised if you found a copy of Dr Fairer’s Book of Black Art in any bookshops but if you do, take care. Even in 1857 Jeremiah Sullivan admitted “Until very lately it was believed there was great danger in opening this book”.
Dr Fairer lived near Orton in the east of Cumbria in the [...]
Book introductions are everywhere you look. Over the last decade or so they have become an increasingly important part of the industry’s sale pitch. The best ones, though, throw together names in seemingly unlikely combinations. Ann Widdecombe and GK Chesteron, John Gray and Georges Simenon, Martin Jarvis and Franz Kafka…
Puffin, Penguin’s children’s imprint, is 70 years old and, as part of the celebrations, we have a history of Puffin book design over the decades, Puffin By Design – essentially a companion to Penguin By Design, which did the same job for Puffin’s big brother five years ago.
It’s a lovely book – and how could [...]
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