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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Illustrated Finally has a Release Date

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When the Harry Potter illustrated series by Jim Kay was first announced we were promised a book a year, making buying Christmas presents very easy! However, when it came to the Autumn of 2018 it was announced that there would be no Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Illustrated in time for Christmas.

Rumour was that Jim Kay was struggling to finish in time, given the length of the later books. If true it’s not great news as it means that it’s likely to be an ongoing problem as the books get longer.

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Salman Rushdie to Publish Don Quixote Inspired Novel

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Salman Rushdie is to publish a Don Quixote inspired novel later this year. Quichotte is inspired by the Miguel de Cervantes classic text and tells the story of an ageing travelling salesman who falls inn love with a TV star and sets off across America on a quest to prove himself worthy.

Based on the classic novel, it’s a story of a derange time, relationships, racism, and even the end of the world. Bea Hemming from Vintage publishing described the novel as “Quichotte sees Salman Rushdie at the height of his powers. Intricately plotted, wildly original, tender, comic and deeply moving, Quichotte is both an ingenious homage to Cervantes and a book that speaks urgently to our unstable times.”

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Peaky Blinders Tie-In Book Coming

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Later this year comes the fifth series of The Peaky Blinders to the BBC, the much loved show based on gang activity in the early 20th Century. Earlier in the run we brought you a blog featuring books that you’d love if you love the Peaky Blinders, including some non-fiction reading about the time the show is based around and now comes the news that the first tie-in book for the series is coming in the Autumn.
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Handmaid’s Tale Graphic Novel Coming Very Soon

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Later this month a graphic novel adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s classic novel The Handmaid’s Tale will be released. Canadian artist Renee Nault has been working on this visual representation of the classic for the last four years and the book will be released in hardback on 26th March with pre-orders available on the link at the bottom of this piece.

The new book is released “With the aim of making this edition a standalone work of art, she has brought Atwood’s terrifying modern classic to vivid life as never before,” said the publisher Jonathan Cape for the UK release, while Doubleday will publish the US version of the graphic novel.

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Two Tie-In Books Coming for Good Omens Adaptation

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You can’t have failed to hear the news that Good Omens, by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, has been adaptation by the BBC and Amazon Studios. Neil Gaiman is heavily tied in with the production so we have high hopes for the adaptation, and today we’ve heard the news that there are two tie-in books coming to accompany the new series.

Good Omens will air on Amazon Prime Video on 31st May 2019, announced just last week along with the opening credits and some news from the adaptation, and now fans will be able to get their hands on two companion books in time for release.

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Little Miss Inventor Joins the Mr Men/Little Miss Collection

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The Mr. Men books, illustrated and written by Roger Hargreaves have been a hit with children since 1971 when they were first published and the collection was later increased to include female characters in 1981 with an accompanying series, Little Miss. Now, the Little Miss collection is about to be joined by a new character, Little Miss Inventor.
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On the Come Up Playlist

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Angie Thomas’ On the Come up was released this month and is her second novel, following the success of The Hate U Give. On the Come Up returns to Garden Heights and follows the story of 16-year-old music lover, Bri who wants to became a great rapper. But, as the daughter of an underground rap legend who died before he made it big, she’s got big shoes to fill if she’s going to make it in the music world.

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New Book Reveals Stieg Larsson’s Investigations of Swedish PM’s Assassination

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Stieg Larsson is best known for writing the critically acclaimed Millennium series, which shot to fame with the publication of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in 2005. Stieg had just finished working on the second two instalments before he died unexpectedly and the two novels were published to equal acclaim. Before he became a novelist, Larsson spent much of his life as a journalist and, it has now been revealed, was investigating the 1986 assassination of the Swedish prime minister Olof Palme.

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