First Look at Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Illustrated

Available to Pre-Order now

When Jim Kay illustrated the Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone story a couple of years ago we were promised one new book in the series every year. At the end of last year Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was released and many fans felt the illustrations just got better and better, and today we have the first look at the third book in the Harry Potter Franchise as we get an illustrated look at the Prisoner of Azkaban.

The exclusive reveal happened this morning on Pottermore, to coincide with the cover reveal of the book by Bloomsbury and Scholastic. Here’s a look at that cover, featuring the Knight Bus.

True to promise, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban will be released in October, a year after the second book in the series. It’s the third book to be interpreted in Kay’s unique style.

Those who have the first two books will know what to expect, rich images and detailed illustrations that often step away from the movie depictions. For the Prisoner of Azkaban you can expect more depictions of Hogwarts Professors, here’s Professor Snape and the remaining images released today, but this book sees the introduction of Professor Trelawney and Sirius Black too, characters I can’t wait to see the depiction of.

The series has proved hugely popular with fans of the series, and made the books perfect chapter books to read with small children.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, fully illustrated is available on pre-order now at your local bookshop, or online.

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8 Books for Mum this Mother’s Day

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And it’s parody books leading sales

With Mother’s Day this weekend everyone is trying to get their slice of the Mother’s Day sales and the selection of books featuring in Mother’s Day displays in independent bookshops up and down the country is plentiful.

Bookshops have some great ideas for book gifts this Mother’s Day but it’s the parody books that are stealing a big slice of the market. Read More

Michael Morpurgo to Publish Retelling of the Wizard of Oz

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Toto: The Dog-Gone Amazing Story of the Wizard of Oz on Pre-order Now

HarperCollins has confirmed that it will be publishing a retelling of Frank Baum’s classic The Wonderful Wizard of Oz written by children’s author and former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo. The news was announced at the London Book Fair this week, and is already sending waves of excitement through the industry. Read More

Rowling Fan Guesses Name of Next Cormoran Strike Book

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The last we heard of Cormoran Strike was J. K Rowling telling us late last year that the book was delayed after a busy year with the Harry Potter franchise and Fantastic Beasts, but today on Twitter, Rowling gave a clue to the name and one lucky fan guessed correctly!

Fans are keen to hear news of the new book, and one plucky fan today asked Rowling for a clue to the book name, in which Rowling answered in kind, starting a huge Twitter frenzy. Here’s that first exchange: Read More

New Release: Nabokov’s Favourite Word Is Mauve by Ben Blatt

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Nabokov’s Favourite Word Is Mauve By Ben Blatt.

Available for pre-order now!

Ben Blatt, former staff writer for Slate and The Harvard Lampoon, and co-author of I Don’t Care If We Never Go Back, has a new book coming out that will appeal to those of us who geek out over literary statistics and bookish facts. Ben, a journalist with a penchant for collecting and analysing data, has delved into our favourite authors’ words and found some surprising, and not so surprising, conclusions. 

Nabokov’s Favourite Word Is Mauve: What the Numbers Reveal About the Classics, Bestsellers, and Our Own Writing is out on 14th March 2017 in hardback, and 23rd of March on Kindle, and you can pre-order now. Read More

Gillian Anderson’s We: A Manifesto For Women Everywhere

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We: A Manifesto is a piece of work by actress Gillian Anderson and journalist Jennifer Nadel. The two friends have worked together on this project in hopes to give women a push towards freeing themselves from, well, themselves.

This new release begins:

“Imagine a sisterhood – across all creeds and cultures. An unspoken agreement that we, as women, will support and encourage one another. That we will remember we don’t know what struggles each of us may be facing elsewhere in our lives and so we will assume that each of us is doing our best…”

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Third Book Coming in ‘Me Before You’ Story

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Today, Jojo Moyes has announced on her social media pages that she is continuing the story of Louisa Clark with a third novel! It was the huge book of last year in our community, and after Me Before You, you all went nuts for After You, but the story isn’t over as there’s a third book coming in the spring of 2018!

I’m a huge fan of Jojo Moyes, and her books span a range of diverse subjects but it was Me Before You that broke the hearts of a million readers, and (without spoiling the story), it didn’t seem there was anywhere to go from the end. Read More



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