Trade

Small indie publishers report booming sales
November 20, 2017 at 6:23 am

In a sector that has struggled elsewhere, figures for 60 of the smallest players in the UK industry show sales up 79% in the last yearIndependent publishers have unleashed a boom in sales, according to new research. Latest figures from Inpress, which works with 60 of the smallest players in the books industry, revealed sales…

The Uncommon Reader: A Life of Edward Garnett by Helen Smith review – a cultural battleground
November 17, 2017 at 4:00 am

The writer and editor promoted Joseph Conrad and DH Lawrence and deserves recognition as a great literary tastemakerThe first question worth asking of Helen Smith’s A-grade biography of Edward Garnett (1868‑1937) is just how many manuscripts passed across the desk of this publishers’ reader in his lifetime. Very little hard data is vouchsafed, but Smith…

Nicola Barker wins Goldsmiths prize for her novel H(a)ppy
November 15, 2017 at 3:00 pm

Barker beats novels by Will Self and Jon McGregor to take home the £10,000 literary prize for her narrative-bending vision of a dystopian futureNicola Barker’s H(a)ppy has won this year’s Goldsmiths prize for “fiction at its most novel”, praised by judges as a work of “vaulting ambition”. Related: H(a)ppy by Nicola Barker review – visionary…

Author vows book exposing Chinese influence will go ahead after publisher pulls out
November 12, 2017 at 8:13 pm

Allen & Unwin had cancelled plans to print Clive Hamilton’s Silent Invasion over fear of legal action by the Chinese governmentProminent Charles Sturt University author and ethicist Professor Clive Hamilton says his book exposing the Chinese Communist party’s activities in Australia will still be published, despite Allen & Unwin cancelling plans to print it at…

Survey finds more than half of people in book trade have experienced sexual harassment
November 10, 2017 at 9:15 am

Poll by the Bookseller finds 54% of female respondents reporting sexual ‘harassment, assault or predatory behaviour’A survey suggests that more than half of people working in the books industry have experienced sexual harassment, with 54% of women and 34% of men reporting “harassment, assault or predatory behaviour”.The anonymous online poll was conducted by the industry…

Paddington at St Paul's, last in classic children's series, due in 2018
November 9, 2017 at 2:01 am

Michael Bond’s final book about the accident-prone bear will be published next year on the anniversary of the author’s deathA final adventure for Paddington Bear, in which the marmalade-loving magnet for trouble visits St Paul’s Cathedral, will be published in June 2018, a year after the death of his creator, Michael Bond, at the age…

Weinstein accuser Rose McGowan's memoir Brave 'will pull no punches'
November 7, 2017 at 11:23 am

The actor has alleged that the film producer raped her in 1997, and her book promises to ‘shine a light on a business built on systemic misogyny’Rose McGowan’s memoir Brave, a book that the New Yorker claimed on Monday was the subject of an investigation by a private security agency hired by the film producer…

South African security services move to ban exposé of Jacob Zuma government
November 7, 2017 at 9:13 am

Jacques Pauw’s book The President’s Keepers has been served with a cease and desist letter, but publisher and author insist it will not be withdrawnThe South African author of an explosive book that promises to expose “the darkest secret at the heart of Jacob Zuma’s compromised government” has vowed that he is not intimidated by…

Roxane Gay to edit anthology of ‘dispatches from rape culture’
November 6, 2017 at 7:26 am

Not That Bad, which will include contributions from actors Ally Sheedy and Gabrielle Union, aims to address the routine levels of abuse faced by womenFeminist commentator and writer Roxane Gay is editing a new anthology of essays about sexual assault and harassment, which will include contributions from the actors Ally Sheedy and Gabrielle Union.Entitled Not…

Welsh-language novels 'enjoying golden age' despite reported sales decline
November 3, 2017 at 8:09 am

Despite news this week that sales had fallen dramatically, the Welsh Books Council’s chief says that the sector is showing real growthThe head of the Welsh Books Council (WBC) has hailed a “golden age for the Welsh-language novel” despite reports of a dramatic decline in sales.BBC Cymru Fyw reported earlier this week that sales of…