Michael Morpurgo to Publish Retelling of the Wizard of Oz

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.

Toto: The Dog-Gone Amazing Story of the Wizard of Oz tells the original tale through the eyes of Toto, Dorothy’s trusted companion and is authored by the War Horse author with illustrations from Emma Chichester Clark.

Toto’s role is a passive one both in the books, and the movie. The little dog is basically just carried around a lot and we don’t really ever know how he feels about things. Morpurgo is well known for bringing animals characters to life with books such as War Horse and Shadow, and he seems the perfect author to tell the story from Toto’s perspective.

Toto: The Dog-Gone Amazing Story of the Wizard of Oz will publish on 7th September in full colour hardback in both the US and UK, and e-book and audiobook versions will also be available. Some illustrations have been released in advance, and these are included in this piece. We also have more news concerning Morpurgo.

If you’re a fan of the author then you may be interested to know he’s the feature of a free exhibition at the Victoria & Albert museum of Childhood, celebrating his life and writing and the exhibition is timed to coincide with the release of this new book.

Terry Pratchett’s Discworld Imaginarium Coming This Year

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We have some great news for the fans of Discworld today with the release of a new book in the Autumn. Pratchett fans have been distraught at the idea of no more Discworld novels, and while this won’t be a novel, it will be full colour portfolio of illustrations from Discworld artist Paul Kidby, and it’s coming in November.

Pratchett said of Kidby’s illustrations that it was “the closest anyone’s got to how I see the characters and it seems fitting that he should produce this portfolio. The 272 page, full colour volume will publish on 23rd November.

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What Date is Lethal White Released; Next Cormoran Strike Novel

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There’s been big news from the J.K Rowling camp in recent months with the success of Fantastic Beasts, new Harry Potter coffee table books, the twentieth anniversary of the release of the first Harry Potter book, and of course her and Harry’s birthday this week. Also in the news this week is this week’s literary charts, giving the author her 79th number 1 with the publication of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in paperback. Read More

Jane Austen’s Intimate Letters to be Released This Year

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The publishing arm of the Bodleian Library is to release a collection of Jane Austen’s letters this year, and they promise to provide an intimate glimpse into the life of the author after she moved to Bath, aged 25.

The collection, to be released this September will be called Jane Austen: The Chawton Letters and has been edited by Kathryn Sutherland, professor of bibliography and textual criticism at the University of Oxford. The book will be released in association with Jane Austen’s House Museum. Read More

Hillary Clinton’s Memoirs Get a Title

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What Happened is out September!

The world has been much looking forward to the memoirs from Hillary Clinton, promised by publishing house Simon & Schuster a few months ago. Yesterday it was announced that the new book will be called ‘What Happened’, and Clinton promises unparalleled candour and honesty as she lets her guard down for this highly personal book. Read More

7 New Twisty Turny Thrillers That Could be This Year’s Gone Girl

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We all love a good thriller, and the genre has never been so popular. After Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl rewrote the genre we’ve seen so many exciting thrillers, often with strong female characters, all designed to make you change your loyalties from page to page, and that trend is continuing with some fantastic books released this year, filling the void perfectly.

There are hundreds of new thrillers out this year, but for this post we’re specifically featuring books that we think could be this year’s “Gone Girl”, the thriller that kept us all on a roller coaster ride before being made into a major movie. Read More

New PD James Stories Coming This Autumn

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When we lost PD James back in 2014, a world of crime lovers mourned, the author was the Queen of Crime, without a doubt and those who loved her will be thrilled to hear there are new stories coming this October.

Sleep No More is a new collection of short stories from the late author to be released just in time for the Christmas market. The six short stories all have a motive of revenge and vengence and will be published by Faber later this year. From unhappy marriages to bullying schoolmasters, this collection will have it all. Read More



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