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‘Stoner’ Film Adaptation Casts Casey Affleck as Its Star

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The novel Stoner, by John Williams, is often described as one of the best books people have usually never read, or even heard of, and is even considered to be a hidden American classic. The book didn’t perform well upon its initial release in 1965 and has been in and out of publication since it was first released. Now back in publication, the book has received a new breath of life in recent years and has enjoyed critical acclaim and is finally getting the attention it deserves. Read More

Amazon’s Urges Publishers to Greatly Lower ebook Prices

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When ebooks first appeared on the scene a few years ago, it was feared that this may spell the doom of physical paper books and bookshops. However, it seems even the convenience of ebooks compete with the feel of a real book in one’s hands and paper books have continued to thrive as ebooks struggle to keep up.

Amazon’s publishing chief, David Naggar, has urged publishers of ebooks to lower the price of their books to 99p, as he believes this attractive price point will attract more readers. However, some publishers argue that such a move could be “economically unwise” and would damage the all book sales in the long run. Read More

New George Michael Biography Coming in the Autumn

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Fans of George Michael are likely to be thrilled at the news of the release of a brand new George Michael biography coming in November. The ‘powerful’ biography by author Sean Smith will be published by HarperCollins and will be out 16th November 2017, almost a year since the singer’s tragic death.

‘George’ is being pitched as the story of two extraordinary lives, the private man and the public persona. Given the stories that have been told about the singer since his death, it’s likely to be fascinating. Read More

Has The Legendary Sword of King Arthur Been Discovered?

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All hail Queen Matilda, true heir to the throne, as deemed by the gracious Lady Of The Lake and the sword Excalibur!

 

According to the Sheffield Star newspaper, a young South Yorkshire girl discovered the legendary sword of King Arthur at the bottom of Dozmary Pool in Cornwall.

According to folklore, Sir Bedivere threw Excalibur into Dozy Pool following the death of King Arthur, and the Battle of Camlann. The sword was caught by The Lady Of The Lake and reclaimed by the pool… Until now.

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Leader of Azeri Exclave Recommends His People Read Hemingway and Jack London

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Vasif Talibov, supreme assembly chairman of the landlocked Azeri exclave of Nakhchivan, has published a list of books which he believes all citizens should read. As the BBC reports (via Minval.az), the list includes 30 books which include authors from Azeri and medieval Eastern authors as well as some well known Western writers such as Ernest Hemingway and Jack London. Read More

Terry Pratchett’s Final Wishes Will Break A Reader’s Heart…

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Terry Pratchett died in March 2015 after battling with Alzheimer’s for 8 years previously. His humour and joie de vivre is still sorely missed, although we still have his vast back catalogue of novels to keep us going.

Two of his books, the final Discworld novel The Shepherd’s Crown and The Long Utopia, written with by Stephen Baxter, were published posthumously.

Many of his fans held out hope that his unfinished manuscripts may one day be completed by an author close to him but- alas- it is not to be!

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Little Book of Hygge to Get a Follow Up

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The Little Book of Lykke is Coming!

The Little Book of Hygge, based on the Danish model for happiness was pretty much the most talked about book of last winter and those who are fans will be thrilled to hear the news that it’s getting a follow up.

The Little Book of Lykke by Danish author and happiness expert Meik Wiking will be released on 7th September 2017 (December US) and is almost guaranteed to be a Christmas bestseller, and here in the UK, publishers Penguin Life are partnering with mental health charity SANE in publication of the book. Read More