Miracle on Gower Street: customer pays Waterstones for 1974 books

Take it from me, book shop customers are often a curious lot. There’s the entire-book-readers; the food leavers; spine breakers; letter writers; queue jumpers and, my personal favourite, the “takeRead more »

A is for anxiety!

“UK children pick ‘anxiety’ as their word of 2021”—blares a headline in The Guardian. Of course they did, we mutter morosely. Have you seen Euphoria? The kids aren’t alright. ButRead more »

UK’s first specialist Black book shop saved by crowdfunder

The directors of the UK’s first book shop and publisher dedicated to Black writing, New Beacon Books, have thanked supporters for a “lifeline” after a crowdfunding campaign saved their premisesRead more »

Return of the Rings: Worcester hospice flogs filched fantasies

It’s a storyline that might have come from the mind of J.R.R. Tolkien himself. On December 19 it was reported that a thief had made off with rare first editionsRead more »

In conversation with Melville House authors Nandita Dinesh, Sasha Fletcher, and Steve Toltz

Last month three of our spring 2022 authors joined us for a day of virtual events with librarians across the country. Now, you can watch for yourselves!      Read more »

Kickstarter launched for new online literary magazine Fictionable

The global COVID pandemic may have devastated many areas of life, but it has not quashed our love for reading. Figures from the Publishers Association showed that fiction sales forRead more »

Flintshire book shop devastated by fire hails “incredible” public support

An unimaginable loss for “one of the largest online and real bookshops in the North West,” based in Flintshire, UK, has been transformed into a hopeful new beginning, thanks toRead more »

Time flies when you’re having fungibles – NFT is the 2021 Collins Dictionary Word of the Year

It’s that time again where we look back at the words we’ve used most, seen most, and said “do I want to know what that means?” about most this year: Collins DictionaryRead more »

“Millennium hand and shrimp!” Discworld audiobooks get star-studded re-record

Stellar news for fans of Sir Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series this week, as a raft of his audiobooks, newly recorded by a host of famous names, are set to graceRead more »

Disgraced former health minister in talks to publish new book How I Won the Covid War

Among the many hated and incompetent politicians in the UK, Matt Hancock rides high. Serving as Secretary of State for Health and Social Care from July 2018, he resigned in June 2021 afterRead more »

Shake a leg! Actors to run between Sheffield theatres in simultaneous staging

Have you ever felt like you need to be in three places at once at work? Well, spare a thought for the cast of Rock/Paper/Scissors.  As reported this week in What’s OnRead more »

New scheme aims to support budding booksellers from underrepresented communities

The Booksellers Association (BA) and Bookshop.org launched New Futures this autumn, a programme offering individuals from underrepresented communities across the UK the chance to develop their own bookshop business alongside industry experts.Read more »

Century-old critics consulted; Melville’s mastery mentioned

We were rooting around in the digital archives of the Brooklyn Public Library—an eccentric if benign habit practiced by some ’round these parts—when we came across an intriguing essay concerningRead more »

More Bond-related books set for 2022, with first female author at the helm

A few weeks back we rounded up the printed exploits of Ian Fleming’s fictional spy James Bond, who recently returned to the big screen in No Time to Die, Daniel Craig’s finalRead more »

Sue you! US justice department files suit to stop Penguin Random House/Simon & Schuster mega-merger

Last November, it was announced that Bertelsmann has agreed a $2.2bn deal to buy Simon & Schuster from owner ViacomCBS. The deal would see Penguin Random House (PRH) merge with Simon & Schuster (S&S), meaning theRead more »

Northumberland mum donates hundreds of pounds worth of books to women’s refuge

This week the Newcastle Chronicle brought heartening news from Northumberland, UK, as local mum and Usborne Publishing sales partner Rachel Shayler donated £300 worth of children’s books to a women’s refuge inRead more »

10 Books to Read this Halloween

    The Bloodless Boy by Robert J. Lloyd   Technically this one doesn’t come out until Tuesday, but we’re already spotting it on shelves in a lot of stores.Read more »

Former MasterChef contestant’s book withdrawn after plagiarism allegations

Elizabeth Haigh is a London based chef who competed on MasterChef UK in 2011, and was the head chef at Hackney-based restaurant Pidgin when it earned a Michelin Star.  Now owner of theRead more »

Northern Ireland libraries “amnesty” sees 87,000 overdue fines wiped

Earlier this week, readers in Northern Ireland were offered a remarkable reprieve from overdue library fines, with over 87,000 wiped from the Libraries NI system. As reported in The Belfast Telegraph andRead more »

David Walliams story to be removed from bestselling children’s book due to accusations of racism

English comedian, actor, writer, and television personality, David Walliams, turned his hand to authoring children’s books in 2008 and has never looked back. His meteoric success has seen his stories embracedRead more »

A.A. Milne’s “Poohsticks” bridge goes under the hammer

It may not look like much—a wooden bridge across a stream in Ashdown Forest, near Tunbridge Wells, UK, measuring around 30ft across. But it holds a special place in theRead more »

A note to librarians, from author Gregory Galloway

Dear Librarians, Many of you might already know how important libraries have been in my life—I grew up in a town that didn’t have a bookstore until I was aRead more »

Library lovers live longer! Startling study cited

We were lazing about our pied a terre on a weekend day, stunned by overconsumption of The Anatomy of Melancholy—or was it pro football?—scrolling through what a former world leaderRead more »

Bond returns to our screens in 2021 … and our shelves in 2022

Remember “going to the movies”? No, me neither. But it seems like it’s a thing again, and following a Covid-plagued release schedule, James Bond is finally, finally back on our screens in NoRead more »

UK school children to receive a free ‘patriotic’ book from the government on the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Queen Elizabeth II will become the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee in 2022. Ascending to the throne on 6 February 1952, her 70 years of service is nearing theRead more »

New Richard Osman novel set to be one of the UK’s fastest-selling books of all time

How to explain Richard Osman to an American audience? This could be, ahem, pointless… Here goes: having grown up in Essex and studied at Cambridge University, Osman, a devoted discipleRead more »

Paper problems plague publishing, part II

We have written in this space before about the supply chain issues that threaten all of manufacturing, merchandising, and retail—very much including books! The element of the current manufacturing landscapeRead more »

New Somerset-based press caters for dyslexic adults

“Dyslexia, as I can attest to, does not go away. You don’t grow out of it.” So says Alistair Sims, founder of the newly-created BOTH Press, which has just publishedRead more »

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