Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Latest News from The Bookseller

Penguin Random House UK
The surprise announcement that Ian Hudson is to relinquish his existing roles at PRH to head its DK reference division has prompted a mixed response in the trade, with uncertainty over both the future of DK within Penguin Random House and over how the shift of international reporting lines to the US will impact PRH's approach to rights.
Rakuten will close its UK marketplace website in August following a review of its European operations.
The World’s Worst Children by David Walliams
David Walliams captured his second consecutive UK number one in a strong half-term week for the children’s sector, which also saw a brace of vloggers and five Mr Men colouring books début in the top 50.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Theatre critics have responded enthusiastically to the first part of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which previewed at London’s Palace theatre last night (7th June).
WH Smith Travel
An increase in UK passenger numbers and WH Smith’s growing presence in airports and train stations has helped the retailer to a 9% hike in its Travel arm sales over the last quarter.
John Gaustad
John Gaustad, co-founder of the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award and founder of Sportspages bookshop, has died.

Lee Child
Transworld has signed a new contract with international bestselling writer Lee Child for three further thrillers plus a volume of short stories and a novella. New books in the deal will feature maverick ex-military policeman Jack Reacher.
The Last Pilot
The Authors’ Club has announced the winner of its Best First Novel Award 2016 is Benjamin Johncock for The Last Pilot (Myriad Editions).
Tom Jones
Books by Tom Jones, Ruby Wax and Laura Bates were the biggest sellers at the Hay Festival Bookshop, which saw a 15% increase in overall book sales this festival in comparison to last year.
Fathers and Sons
A Penguin Classics poster campaign featuring a quote from Ivan Turgenev's Fathers and Sons has been accused of stirring up "ethnic hatred".
Jack & Jack
Quercus has acquired a non-fiction title by social media stars Jack Gilinsky and Jack Johnson, known on social media as Jack & Jack.
David Almond
Children’s author David Almond is adapting his novel The Savage (Walker Books) into a stage play for Newcastle’s Live Theatre.

1 comment:

Tom Dignan said...

The Bookseller's item about John Gaustad's death makes no mention of his New Zealand origins. John worked as a bookseller in Wellington in the 1970s and then at Heffers in Cambridge, England, before opening the UK's first specialist sports bookshop - Sportspages - in 1985.