Friday, June 16, 2017

Latest News from The Bookseller

A Horse Walks into a Bar

Israeli writer David Grossman's A Horse Walks Into a Bar, translated by Jessica Cohen and published by Jonathan Cape, has won this year's Man Booker International Prize.

David Walliams

HarperCollins has partnered with talkRADIO to bring “A Summer of Walliams” to the airwaves from this Sunday 18th June.

Germany and France have called on policy-makers in their respective governments in Berlin and Paris as well as in Brussels for sustainable policies to promote books in the digital age.

Hamish Hamilton

Hamish Hamilton has acquired debut novel The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh after a seven-way auction. 

The Corbyn Colouring Book

Old Street Publishing is to rush-release an updated version of its 2015 hit The Corbyn Colouring Book, following last week's general election.

Helen Duan

Oxford University Press’ former business development director for Asia, Helen Duan, has been named as the new chief executive of Penguin Random House North Asia.


Literary agency Lucas Alexander Whitley and TV and digital agency Factual Management are “joining forces”, the companies have announced.

Coronation Street

HarperCollins has signed a three-book deal with ITV Studios for Coronation Street prequels.
Senior commissioning editor Kate Bradley has bought three titles from ITV Studios Global Entertainment's head of publishing Shirley Patton. The novels will be set on the famous fictional street before the TV programme began in 1960 and will “tell the story of the early lives of the iconic matriarchs of the street”. The first book, Christmas on Coronation Street, will be published in November retailing at £12.99 with two more planned in 2018.

Bristol City Council

More than half of Bristol’s libraries have been slated for closure as the City Council attempts to make £4.7m worth of savings.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Roald Dahl has scooped the top three places in a list of the UK’s favourite children's reads from the past 80 years.


Charles Darwin’s great-great-grandson has created a “treasure trove” of rare, first edition and antiquarian books from the archives of his emporium store in Somerset.

Ledbury Poetry Festival

Seven titles from independent publishers are in the running for the inaugural £5,000 Ledbury Forte Poetry Prize, which celebrates second poetry collections.

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