Charco and Les Fugitives make 2018 RofC shortlist
February 20, 2018 at 1:45 am

Fledgling small presses Charco Press and Dostoevsky Wannabe have been shortlisted for the 2018 Republic of Consciousness Prize alongside Influx Press, Les Fugitives, Little Island Press and Galley Beggar.

Women better represented in Victorian novels than modern, finds study
February 19, 2018 at 10:44 am

Analysis finds proportion of female authors and characters fell after 19th century, with male authors remaining ‘remarkably resistant’ to writing women Women in novels have tended to “feel”, while men “get”; women smile or laugh, while men grin or chuckle. An analysis of more than 100,000 novels spanning more than 200 years shows how gendered…

Ernest Hecht obituary
February 19, 2018 at 10:27 am

Founder of the fiercely independent Souvenir Press who arrived in Britain on the Kindertransport on the eve of the second world warErnest Hecht, who has died aged 88, was the last of the great émigré publishers and, remarkably, Souvenir Press, which he founded in 1951 in his parents’ spare bedroom with a £250 loan from…

Copies of Mary Shelley's original Frankenstein text to be published
February 19, 2018 at 1:00 am

Shelley spent nine months by Lake Geneva writing the story of the bringing to life of a monster Percy Shelley’s correction of Mary Shelley’s misspelling of “igmmatic” in the notebooks in which she scrawled the story of Frankenstein – “enigmatic o you pretty Pecksie!” he wrote – will be seen in all its glory in…

This week in 1963 | From the Observer archive
February 17, 2018 at 7:04 pm

Publishers prepare to release The Kama Sutra and Tropic of Cancer to the British publicRoy Jenkins’s Obscene Publications Act, passed nearly four years ago, is about to face the two biggest tests of its usefulness since the Lady Chatterley trial in November, 1960. Allen and Unwin are to publish on Thursday a translation of the…

Where the Wild Things are
February 17, 2018 at 1:45 am

Independent publisher Wild Things promotes accessible, affordable adventure.

Mackay joins Edinburgh festival
February 17, 2018 at 1:45 am

Simon Mackay has been appointed the new head of book sales and retail for the Edinburgh International Book Festival (EIBF). 

Right place, right time for nascent Marco Polo
February 17, 2018 at 1:45 am

Launching a list in the midst of the book sector’s digital transition, in one of its hardest-hit markets, hasn’t seemed to harm travel publisher Marco Polo.