Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Latest News from The Bookseller including McCrum takes on Man Booker critics

Pocket Shop
Bonnier-owned retail chain Pocket Shop is to open two outlets in London within weeks.
Robert McCrum
The Observer's Robert McCrum has described the shortlist for the Man Booker Prize as "among the best, and most confident, of recent years", calling the selected authors "a distinctive slate of new writers, all of them deserving of the attention bestowed on their work by Booker".
Fourth Estate is to publish Slay in Your Lane, a guide to life for a generation of black British women by Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinene.
William Shakespeare
Oxford University Press is crediting one of Shakespeare's rival contemporaries, Christopher Marlowe, as his co-author in a New Oxford Shakespeare edition it is publishing of the bard's plays this month.
Philip Gwyn Jones, editor-at-large at Scribe, has made a trio of acquisitions including a "science book that reads like a novel" about the Italian polymath Jerome Cardano, a book bought at the Frankfurt Book Fair.
Joanne Harris
Authors including Joanne Harris (pictured), Kathy Lette and Robert Harris have slammed proposals to shut the library in Hay-on-Wye as “blasphemous” and “disastrously short sighted”.

Profile Books
Shaun Bythell - owner of The Bookshop in Wigtown, Scotland's largest second-hand bookshop - is to publish his "wry and hilarious" diaries about bookselling with Profile Books.
Nikesh Shukla
Atlantic is to publish The One Who Wrote Destiny, the next novel from Nikesh Shukla, in 2018.
Philippa Gregory
Cecilia Ekbäck has won the 2016 Historical Writers' Association's Goldsboro Debut Crown for her Nordic noir thriller, Wolf Winter (Hodder). Meanwhile, the Outstanding Contribution to Historical Fiction Award was presented to Philippa Gregory.
Yasmeen Ismail
Laurence King Publishing (LKP) has bought Yasmeen Ismail's Push, Pull, Empty, Full, previously published by Blue Apple Books, and will turn the book into a new activity series.

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