Thursday, September 08, 2016

Latest News from The Bookseller

Melissa Cox
Waterstones' head of books Melissa Cox is joining as Hodder & Stoughton as editorial director. 
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Little, Brown) has racked up five weeks as the Official UK Top 50 number one—but the gap is closing. According to Nielsen BookScan’s Total Consumer Market, the playscript sold 36,485 copies for £455,824, just 7,503 units above runner-up The Girl on the Train (Black Swan).
book shopping
Books continue to buck the national retail trend, with sales up 8.9% year-on-year in volume in August in comparison to the year before, where total UK retail sales were down 0.9% in the same period.
Klaus Flugge Prize
Illustrator Nicholas John Frith has won the inaugural Klaus Flugge Prize for the most exciting newcomer in children’s picture book illustration.
Patrick Ness
BBC Books is set to publish three novels to tie in with "Class", the new Doctor Who spin-off series written by Patrick Ness.
Bertelsmann is investing in one of the largest groups of medical higher education institutions in Brazil, the NRE Education Group.

George R R Martin
George R R Martin's UK publisher HarperCollins has said "nothing has been finalised regarding the publication or the date" of the author's much anticipated sixth book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series, after reports surfaced in would be published in March next year.
A profile of Marlon James by Alan Yentob, Michael Palin on travel writer Jan Morris, a night-long celebration of poetry, and a programme about getting reluctant teenagers to read at a Lancashire school, will all be among the highlights of BBC2's coverage of books and reading this autumn.
Jonathan Cape
Jonathan Cape has pre-empted the first book from theatre and film director Nicholas Hytner, former director of the National Theatre.
Jane Finigan
Jane Finigan has been made a partner at agency Lutyens & Rubinstein after 10 years with the business.
Naomi Bacon
Naomi Bacon, digital communications manager, is leaving Pan Macmillan after three and a half years to embark on "a new adventure", including different projects, spanning freelance marketing and PR, social media and project management.
Tom Burke
“War and Peace” star Tom Burke is to play Cormoran Strike in the BBC’s upcoming adaptations of JK Rowling’s adult crime novels written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

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