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The Trailer is Here for BBC Harry Potter: History of Magic Documentary

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In September we brought you the news that a BBC History of Magic documentary was to air in the Autumn, along with two brand new books from the Potterverse. Both books will be released on 20th October in conjunction with an exhibition at the British Library and we now know that the documentary will air on BBC2 on 28th October at 9pm.

This week the BBC released a trailer for the documentary, just a short snippet of the hour long show and you can watch that below. Read More

Novel Rejected Over 30 Times For Being “Too Gay”

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A novel has been rejected over 30 times by publishers who cited that it was “too niche” just because it centred on a gay character. It was also said the story of Charlie Matthews’ obsession with Madonna was “too working class, too 80s, too immersed in pop culture, and too gay”.

The Madonna of Bolton by Matt Cain is a family drama and sees the protagonist Charlie’s obsession with the pop star Madonna. His infatuation with her “sees him through some tough times in life: being persecuted at school; fitting in at a posh university; a glamorous career in London; finding boyfriends; getting rid of boyfriends; growing up and family heartbreak”.

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Philip Pullman’s New Novel Accidentally Published Early

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Readers in the Netherlands have had a bit of a treat this week as Philip Pullman’s new novel The Book of Dust has been accidentally published in the country several weeks early.

The Book of Dust: Volume 1 ‘La Belle Sauvage’ was due for worldwide publication on 19th October but due to a mix up, Dutch publishers Uitgeverij Prometheus distributed copies early, seeing copies of the books hit the shelves on 4th October.

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David Walliams’ 10th Novel “Bad Dad” Ready for Festive Release

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If you have kids who are fans of David Walliams then we have something you might like to add to the Christmas list. This week it was announced that David Walliams is to release his tenth book, Bad Dad, in time for Christmas.

The heart-warming rags to riches story follows a boy trying to break his dad out of prison. Frank’s dad went to jail for driving the getaway car in a bank robbery but he wants to put the money back and so Frank and him hatch a daring plan to break out and restore the missing cash. Read More

JoJo Moyes to Bring Back Lou in Second ‘Me Before You’ Follow On

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Who didn’t love Me Before You? The tearjerker of a novel by JoJo Moyes that went on to become a major movie is one of Moyes most popular books, so popular in fact that a follow on novel, After You soon followed. If you loved them both, then you’re soon be able to find out a little more about Lou’s life and how it’s panning out in another follow on novel Still Me, out in January. Read More

Matt Lucas Hosts Singing Competition for Bookshop Owners

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In October, Matt Lucas releases his memoirs Little Me: My Life from A-Z and to celebrate he’s hosting a little competition for bookshop owners.

Canongate who are publishing the memoirs are hosting a singing competition at their website right now and to enter bookshop owners must film themselves singing and send it in. The winner will have Matt Lucas visit their shop on December 5th to sign copies of Little Me. Read More

Stephen King Collaboration Sleeping Beauties Releases Today to Mixed Reviews

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Stephen King fans will no doubt have picked up their copy today, it being on pre-order for months but for those who haven’t heard Stephen King and his son Owen have collaborated on a new novel and it’s out today!

Sleeping Beauties by Stephen and Owen King hit bookstores today and already the major review sources are publishing reviews, calling it everything from a ‘return to form for King snr’ (The Guardian), to ‘lacks page-turning intensity’ (The Chicago Tribune). Read More

Book of Michelle Obama Photographs as First Lady to be Published

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Barack Obama’s presidency is missed by many and there’s no doubt that his historic time in The White House will be remembered for many years. Michelle Obama took on the role of First Lady with grace and aplomb, promoting girls’ education, combating childhood obesity, and supporting military families.

Now her time in The White House is to be documented in a book of photographs, many of them never seen before. Chasing Light: Michelle Obama Through the Lens of a White House Photographer, by Amanda Lucidon will be published in October and is already hotly tipped to be a Christmas bestseller.

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