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Bertie Wooster returns as a spy in Jeeves sequel by Schott's Miscellany author
October 13, 2017 at 10:48 am

Ben Schott says ‘it’s like being lent the Crown Jewels’ after PG Wodehouse estate approves trivia bestseller to write Jeeves and the King of ClubsBertie Wooster, PG Wodehouse’s “mentally somewhat negligible” English gentleman with a heart of gold, is set to be reimagined as a British spy by Ben Schott, the author of the bestselling…

Weinstein Books 'terminated' in wake of assault allegations
October 13, 2017 at 6:47 am

Film mogul’s associated publishing imprint is to close in the wake of scandal over multiple abuse allegationsThe Weinstein Books imprint is being shut down, following a week of sexual assault allegations against the film mogul Harvey Weinstein.In a statement to staff issued on Thursday, Hachette Book Group said it had “terminated” the imprint. A joint…

Dog's tales and meowmoirs: the irresistible rise of endearing animal books
October 12, 2017 at 9:35 am

A cuddly antidote to worrying times, ‘pet lit’ has become a publishing phenomenon. But isn’t it all a bit twee?Picture the scene: it’s the end of a long day. You’re tired, you’re cold, you need to curl up with a cup of tea and something comforting to read. But wait! You also love animals. What…

Dan Brown's Origin makes a strong start in UK bookshops
October 11, 2017 at 9:44 am

Although not quite the sensation of previous Robert Langdon thrillers, The Da Vinci Code author’s latest mystery sold 100,000 copies in its first week Dan Brown’s mastery of something like a code for bestsellers has returned to cheer UK booksellers, with more than 100,000 copies of his latest thriller, Origin, sold in the first five…

Bad things don’t vanish when you look away. Don't ignore Milo Yiannopoulos | Jeff Sparrow
October 10, 2017 at 1:00 pm

We need protest - not only to oppose Yiannopoulos’ odious views but as an alternative to the Trumpish dystopia he exemplifiesYou’ve probably seen the footage: Milo Yiannopoulos crooning an off key version of “America the beautiful”, while, in the background, white nationalist leader Richard Spencer and sundry other preppy goons smirk and give the Hitler…

My friend Kazuo Ishiguro: ‘an artist without ego, with deeply held beliefs’
October 8, 2017 at 3:30 am

Last week, the British novelist was awarded the Nobel prize for literature. His first editor at Faber recalls the rise to greatnessOne minute, the old friend I know as “Ish” was sitting at his kitchen table, doing emails, having not yet showered or washed his hair. Half an hour later, the world’s media was snaking…

Unseen letters show Hemingway’s fight against celebrity and ‘bullshit publicity’
October 7, 2017 at 7:05 pm

‘My private life being an open sewer, I am sometimes a little touchy,’ wrote the authorHis prose matched his macho lifestyle, from wartime adventures to big-game hunting, boozing and bullfighting. But Ernest Hemingway was extremely sensitive about his private life, which he described as “an open sewer”, and repeatedly asked family and friends not to…

Novel rejected as 'too gay' receives flood of crowdfunding support
October 6, 2017 at 9:20 am

The Madonna of Bolton by Matt Cain was turned down by mainstream publishers more than 30 times, but has won keen backing from readersA novel that was rejected more than 30 times by publishers for being “too gay” has been inundated with backing from names including David Walliams, Mark Gatiss and SJ Watson after its…

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,…