Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Latest News from The Bookseller

James Daunt

Waterstones boss James Daunt has sent a stark email to employees warning that if the UK leaves Europe, the “brutal reality" is that the retailer would be forced to axe jobs.

Scottish PEN

Scotland and Northern Ireland's unreformed defamation laws threaten to “undermine” publishing in the UK, according to English and Scottish PEN, with Scottish publishers particularly at risk of being “left behind”. 

Sadiq Khan

Biteback is to publish the story of the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan's, "rise" to City Hall, entitled Sadiq: The Making of a Mayor and London’s Rebirth by political editor of the New Statesman, George Eaton.

Bronte Society

Infighting at the Yorkshire-based Brontë Society led to “furious exchanges” between “warring factions” at the organisation's a.g.m over the weekend.

Penguin Modern Poets

Penguin is launching a new series of succinct collectible guides of contemporary poetry called Penguin Modern Poets.

Ali Smith

Withdrawal from the EU would lead to "suffering" in the creative industries, according to an open letter signed by 220 thought-leaders in the literary world, including 2015 Baileys winner Ali Smith and Granta editor Max Porter, recent winner of the International Dylan Thomas Prize.



Deliciously Stella

Viking is to publish Deliciously Stella, a book based on the “unclean eating” Instagram sensation Deliciously Stella, by comedian Bella Younger.

Digital Science

Holtzbrinck-owned technology software company Digital Science has made an investment in US start-up TetraScience.


Next month Penguin Random House Children’s is adding 20 titles to its ‘A Puffin Book’ collection of classic children’s books, including titles by Penelope Lively and Noel Streatfeild.


Duckworth is to publish an examination of the crimes of William Dathan Holbert, who killed five American expats in Panama, entitled The Jolly Roger Social Club by Nick Foster.

Land Girls

HarperImpulse, one of HarperCollins UK’s digital first imprints, has signed a three book deal with screenwriter Roland Moore to bring his BBC series "Land Girls" to the page.

NW by Zadie Smith

Nikki Amuka-Bird and Phoebe Fox are to star in the forthcoming production of Zadie Smith's novel NW (Penguin).

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