Friday, January 05, 2018

Latest from The Bookseller


Christmas Books

Sainsbury’s and Blackwell’s have reported positive book sales over the Christmas period, with Pete Selby, head of books at the supermarket, saying that gift purchases are now "shifting" from other entertainment to books.

Donald Trump

An insider's account about Donald Trump's presidency has risen up the Amazon pre-order charts after the Guardian got hold of an early copy and revealed some of its controversial contents.

Mark Richards

John Murray is launching an international non-fiction prize worth £20,000 to mark its 250th anniversary this year. At the same time, publisher Mark Richards has been given new responsibilities to lead the imprint.

Jilly Cooper

Author Jilly Cooper has said that literary fiction should not receive state support, arguing instead that the money would be better spent on the declining newspaper industry.

Aitken Alexander Associates

Literary agency Aitken Alexander Associates is to create a new scholarship in Creative Writing for students at Birkbeck, University of London, in a bid to "find and nurture" literary talent from groups underrepresented in publishing.

Lily Cole

A Brontë expert has resigned in protest of the appointment of supermodel and activist Lily Cole as a patron for the Brontë Society.


Darlington Library

The government is investigating complaints about the pending closure of Darlington's grade II listed Crown Street Library.


Ebury Press has acquired a "shocking" true story of modern-day slavery in the UK. 


BookTrust staff were “overwhelmed” by contributions to its Christmas fundraising appeal, which reached £120,000 - a third more than its target.

Jenny Oliver

Jenny Oliver has signed a six-figure deal with HQ for three books.

Literacy Toolkit

The National Literacy Trust and Walker Books have created a Literacy Toolkit for businesses to donate to primary schools and community groups.

Rhino 2

A rhino conservation charity is offering fans of Alexander McCall Smith the chance to name a rhino after Precious Ramotswe, the heroine of the No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series.





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