Thursday, September 01, 2016

Latest news from The Bookseller including shorlist for Scottish Crime Book of the Year

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Little, Brown) has snatched the Official Top 50 number one for a fourth week, according to Nielsen BookScan’s Total Consumer Market.
Penguin Random House
Global revenues at Penguin Random House fell 10.7% year-on-year in the first half of 2015 due to lower e-book sales.
The Great British Bake Off
The BBC’s "The Great British Bake Off" series is sending booksellers' tills ringing, with over four million cookbooks by the show’s bakers sold since 2011.
Val McDermid
Crime writers Val McDermid and Chris Brookmyre have been shortlisted for the McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Book of the Year, alongside Doug Johnstone and E S Thomson.
HQ has acquired the first biography of Olympic rowing coach Jürgen Gröbler, who has been “instrumental” in the careers of Olympians Steve Redgrave, Matthew Pinsent and James Cracknell.
Lancashire County Council
Lancashire County Council has decided to press ahead with plans to close more than 20 libraries after a 12-week consultation.

Nutshell by Ian McEwan
The weekend's reviews of Ian McEwan's latest novel Nutshell (Jonathan Cape), out on Thursday (1st September), have applauded the boldness of its central conceit, which sees a foetus akin to a modern-day Hamlet narrate the story of his father's murder from within the womb.
Beijing International Book Fair
Cambridge University Press and Oxford University Press both signed co-operation agreements with China's largest trade publisher China Publishing Group at the Beijing International Book Fair last week.
Donal Skehan
Hodder & Stoughton is to publish a new cookbook by TV personality and cook Donal Skehan. 
Rachel Allen
HarperNonFiction has acquired two new cookbooks from Rachel Allen.

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