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New John Green Novel Coming October 2017

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John Green is one of the best known YA authors of our time and is responsible for tearjerkers such as Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, breaking the hearts of an entire generation. However, it’s been a while since we had a full length novel, the last The Fault in Our Stars was out in 2012, five years ago!

All that changed this week with the news that there’s a brand new full length novel coming from John Green this October, his first for five years! Turtles All the Way Down will be out on October 10th of this year and although there’s not yet a cover reveal, it is available for pre-order now. Read More

4 Bookish Kickstarter Campaigns to Get Excited About!

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Kickstarter is a crowdfunding corporation founded in 2009 by Perry Chen, Yancey Strickler, and Charles Adler. The company is based in Brooklyn, New York, and is focussed on creative projects such as films, comics, journalism, literature, and video games.

It has kickstarted (oh! I see where they got the name from now!) many excellent projects you may have heard of, and a few you may not have. We have gathered a handful of the best literature-based projects out now, or made possible, thanks to Kickstarter. Just click on the heading of each campaign to take you to the corresponding Kickstarter page, or find the Amazon links below each book.

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Barack Obama to Pen Foreword for Upcoming Book Written by Former White House Photographer

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Former White House photographer, Pete Souza, captured some of the most iconic images of the Obama administration and many of his photographs have been seen by million across the globe. Souza is currently working on a book called Obama: An Intimate Portrait, which will give readers a look at some of the more private moments of Obama’s time as President. Read More

Penguin Launch their Vintage Minis Series (and they’re beautiful!)

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A 20 book collection for the bookshelf

In June, Penguin Vintage launched a new range of short books, celebrating their extensive backlist and the Penguin Vintage Minis are absolutely gorgeous! The twenty new titles bring us some essential reading from the world’s greatest writers on the experiences that make us human. Everything is covered, from birth to death and everything in between.

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Enjoy this Excerpt of an Exciting New Fairytale Reboot

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“A feminist reimagining of the Snow White fairy tale, which follows both of the central female characters from the original story: the princess and her stepmother.”


This feminist fantasy reimagining of the Snow White fairytale brings us what could be described as a mix of the magical realism of Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber, and female-led, powerful beauty of Disney’s Frozen.

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New Book Coming from Lemony Snicket Later this Year

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It’s announced today that author of A Series of Unfortunate Events Daniel Handler – writing as Lemony Snicket – is to release a new book later this year. The Bad Mood and the Stick promises to wow readers in truly Lemony Snickett style.

The Bad Mood and the Stick will be Lemony Snicket’s thirteenth published book after A Series of Unfortunate Events and other works. Read More

On This Day in Literature: 50 Years of June

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Every month we do a flashback over the past 5 decades of new releases, looking what the hot new books were of the past. We’re half way through 2017 already and so today it’s 50 years of June releases, one from each of the last five decades.

You may well have waited in anticipation for many of these upon their release, in which case we can trigger some happy memories, if not then maybe some of them will offer reading suggestions for the future.

Here’s June’s 50 years of Literature flashback:

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Beren and Lúthien Finally Published 100 Years After Its Conception

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Last year it was announced that J.R.R. Tolkien’s Beren and Lúthien would be published on the 100th anniversary it originally being penned by Tolkien. The story was first published as part of The History of Middle-Earth but is now available as a stand alone book with beautiful illustrations.

As we reported, the tale of Beren and Lúthien is very personal to Tolkien as he based the two lovers upon himself and his wife. Indeed, their grave bears the names Beren and Lúthien. Tolkien apparently first conceived the story shortly after returning home after the Battle of the Somme. In the Winter of 1916, Tolkien spent his time convalescing from the horrors he’d seen. Read More

9 Year Old Becomes one of UK’s Youngest Published Authors

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9 year old Isabel Harris has become one of the UK’s youngest published authors after winning a Book People’s competition and her book, The Moon Man goes on sale this week!

Isabel Harris won the Book People’s first Bedtime Story competition, which challenged children aged between 5 and 11 to create a picture book on the theme of animals. The winning story was chosen from more than 1,000 entries and will be available to buy from June 1st, with all proceeds going to the charity Action for Children. Read More

Manchester Artists Collaborate for Tribute

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When Manchester held a vigil last week to mark the terrible terrorist attack on the city, poet Tony Walsh was asked to read his poem ‘This is the Place’, and that action has inspired the city artists to collaborate on a new book to help those affected by the terror attack on 22nd May.

The volume will include contributions from designers, illustrators, and photographers who will each respond to a line in the poem for the new book. All proceeds from sales of the book will go to charity. Read More