Saturday, December 16, 2017

Latest from The Bookseller

Arts Council England has pledged to engage with more bookshops, support more writers with funding and lobby the government to provide tax relief to independent publishers following a report finding that “the general trend for literary fiction is a negative one”.

Penguin Random House UK has signed an "Agreement for Lease" for a new London office, One Embassy Gardens. 

Ali Smith

Ali Smith’s seasonal novel Winter (Hamish Hamilton), Sally Rooney’s "perfectly observed" début Conversations with Friends (Faber) and the eagerly anticipated first instalment of Philip Pullman’s Book of Dust trilogy, La Belle Sauvage (Penguin/David Fickling Books), were among the critics’ favourite titles of 2017.

Children of Blood and Bone

Editors and agents are predicting a continued focus on empowering female-led narratives and diverse voices in children’s and YA books in 2018.

Tom Weldon

Penguin Random House UK chief executive Tom Weldon has highlighted the "breadth and range" of its publishing, after the group saw its market share of the Christmas bestsellers reach new heights.

Tracey Mathias

Scholastic UK has bought a Brexit-inspired YA political thriller and love story.


Darker by EL James

EL James’ Darker tied up the Weekly E-Book Ranking number one straight out of the gate, displacing Penguin Random House stablemate Lee Child’s The Midnight Line in its first week on sale.

SC Worrell

HQ will publish a "powerful love story" set during the Second World War, inspired by the author’s discovery of a chocolate box full of love letters between his mother and her fiancé.

Springer Nature

Sir Philip Campbell, who has been the editor-in-chief of scientific journal Nature for the past 22 years, is moving to a new role as editor-in-chief of Springer Nature.

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