David Walliams is fast becoming one of Britain’s most popular children’s authors, leading the Christmas market for several years now. This November the author and comedian has two books out, a novel about an ice monster in Victorian times and a picture book about a baby penguin who wants to fly.
The Ice Monster is out in hardback on 6th November and is likely to be a Christmas bestseller. The novel is about a girl in Victorian London who hears about the arrival of a mysterious ice monster and is desperate to find out more. Walliams said he had a lot of fun writing the novel, which has a full cast including Queen Victoria herself.
Geronimo is a picture book and therefore aimed at smaller children and is about a baby penguin who is simply desperate to fly, despite the fact that penguins are flightless. Geronimo will be released on 15th November.
Walliams is really finding his place as a popular children’s author and has sold 13.9 million books to date. His 2017 bestseller Bad Dad was his first Christmas number one and has sold more than three quarters of a million copies. Walliams’ top selling title is still Gangsta Granny, which has sold £7.9 million worth to date.
Just press play and drag your screen around to look around the entire bookshop, and make sure you have the volume up, as Neil is telling us all about the features inside. Listen out for the Pratchett tribute too!
All of these novels are by debut authors, and they should all have you on the edge of your seat from the very first page, as all the best suspense novels do!
When the Trump Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City was opened in March 1990, it was declared “the eighth wonder of the world” by the owner. Despite the fact it was in deep debt before it had even opened, Donald Trump declared it the saviour of Atlantic City. Unfortunately the insurmountable debt would never be overcome, and Trump’s promises were unfounded. The casinos went from employing thousands and bringing in a third of the city’s gambling revenues to being accused of money laundering and being prepared for demolition. The city soon became a ghost town when the casinos collapsed under the weight of their own unsustainable economics, and many who helped set it up have still not been paid for their work.
The book will be published worldwide in several languages and is due for release in September of this year.
As well as songwriting, Mitchell is an artist in other ways. Her poetry, drawings, and paintings are soon to be released to the public in a brand new anthology. The book, Morning Glory on the Vine: Early Songs and Drawings, is a must-have for Joni Mitchell fans as it includes hand-written lyrics and paintings. The anthology was created originally as a Christmas gift for close friends and family in the year her album Blue topped the charts.