Author Zadie Smith first came to prominence when she published her first book, White Teeth, in the year 2000 at the age of just 24. White Teeth received critical acclaim and she has since gone on to publish four more successful books since then. Fans of Smith’s work will be pleased to learn that the author has not one, but two books in the works, and they’re expected to be published from 2019 onwards.
As The Telegraph reports, Smith will remain with her current publisher, Penguin imprint Hamish Hamilton for both of her upcoming works. The first novel is currently untitled and will be a collection of short stories written by Smith over almost twenty years. The second novel is called The Fraud and will have an historical setting inspired by events that took place in north-west London between the 1830s and 1870s. Neither of the books have an exact publication date but they’re set to be released from 2019 onwards.
Simon Prosser, of Hamish Hamilton said: “It is especially thrilling that she is for the first time writing a novel set entirely in the past.” Smith herself has remained tight-lipped when it comes to details on the new books but she stated she “feels lucky to still have this long and unbroken relationship with such a serious and innovative corner of British publishing”.
Fans were already treated to the publications of Highballs for Breakfast (US – UK) late last year, a collection of passages dedicated to drinking taken from the best of Wodehouse. It was an instant bestseller last Christmas and did very well in the literary gift market. Read More
Whilst it’s a treat for more mature audiences, Die Hard certainly isn’t suitable for kids, until now! This Christmas, you can tuck your little ones into bed and send them off to the land of nod with this children book that teaches young one the story of the no nonsense cop John McClane.
The short story dates back to the traditional form of oral storytelling which, for obvious reasons, could not take hours to resolve. Long tales (such as Homer’s Odyssey) would be recited in sections- often with rhyme and rhythm to aid remembering each verse. Often separate short tales would be told but would be linked in some way (such as Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales).
2017 has seen this traditional form flourish still, and remain ever more popular. Perhaps modern life calls for shorter, snappier tales to fit in with our busy lives?
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Happiness in this Life out December
Pope Francis is no stranger to publishing, releasing his first book ‘The Name of God is Mercy’ in 2016. Now we hear from Pan Macmillan’s imprint Bluebird that they have acquired the rights to a new book by the pontiff full of his thoughts on Happiness.
The new release will be published in hardback on 5th December 2017 and will be called Happiness in this Life: A Passionate Meditation on Material Existence and is earmarked as an uplifting read and likely to be a Christmas bestseller. Read More