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Leonard Cohen's last book, finished 'days before his death', due out next year
October 6, 2017 at 6:00 am

The Flame collects unpublished poetry, as well as notebook entries and song lyrics, and offers ‘an intimate look inside the life and mind of a singular artist’A book of Leonard Cohen’s final poems, completed in the months before his death and tackling “the flame and how our culture threatened its extinction”, according to his manager,…

Yuval Noah Harari's new book to cover global warming, God and nationalism
October 6, 2017 at 2:00 am

The historian’s next book, 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, will ask ‘what should we teach children today to prepare them for the world of tomorrow’ and promises a sweeping look at the futureFaced with a world stuck in “nostalgic fantasies about going back to the past”, where politicians are “no longer capable of producing…

Super Thursday: with 500 new books out today, what should you read?
October 5, 2017 at 5:49 am

New books from Mary Berry, Dan Brown and Dawn French are out, as part of the mass launch that marks the start of the Christmas season – and there’s another 250 on the way. Here are 10 titles in the running for No 1More than 500 glossy new hardbacks are set to arrive on the…

Rupi Kaur: the inevitable backlash against Instagram's favourite poet
October 4, 2017 at 9:33 am

Kaur’s verses on love, sex and race have made her the most revered – and reviled – of today’s ‘instapoets’. As a new collection The Sun and Her Flowers hits shelves, is the social media star a dark omen for poetry or a fresh voice in literature?Rupi Kaur has achieved a rare feat for a…

'Sexists need not apply': publisher refuses to look at manuscripts addressed to 'Dear sirs'
September 28, 2017 at 11:30 am

Women behind Irish independent Tramp Press say they will no longer consider submissions from authors who assume they are men, or list only male influences“Sexists need not apply” to the “dreaded women” who run Tramp Press, say the trail-blazing Irish independent publisher, which has announced it is closing its doors to “overtly sexist” submissions from…

OUP responds to Biff, Chip and Kipper book 'cottaging' controversy
September 28, 2017 at 6:55 am

Publisher says its books ‘are created with utmost thought and consideration’, after Twitter user highlights apparently dubious sceneOxford University Press has moved to reassure parents that its books “are created with the utmost thought and consideration” following a social media storm over an apparent cottaging scene in a Biff, Chip and Kipper title.Earlier this week,…

Cover versions: why are UK and US book jackets often so different?
September 26, 2017 at 9:30 am

The American edition of Hillary Clinton’s What Happened looks stylish and elegant; the UK one is dreadful. But the reasons that books differ so much across different markets isn’t solely down to simple salesCovers sell books. But in the case of Hillary Clinton’s memoir What Happened, you can’t help thinking that the book’s sales in…

The Good Immigrant's editor plans new journal and agency for writers of colour
September 22, 2017 at 3:00 am

Nikesh Shukla and literary agent Julia Kingsford have launched Kickstarter appeal to fund The Good Journal, with further plans for an affiliated agencyAfter selling more than 50,000 copies and being named the British public’s favourite book of 2016, the success of anthology The Good Immigrant has prompted the launch of a new literary journal to…

Do celebrity book blurbs 'blackmail' readers?
September 15, 2017 at 8:31 am

Man Booker prize judge Colin Thubron has complained this week that star endorsements bully readers into admiring books, but it’s long been standard practiceSetting cats among pigeons has long been an unofficial part of the contract for judges of the Booker prize. Remember Chris Mullin’s insistence on “zip–along” novels, or, way back in 1992, AN…