Final Novel from Emma Hannigan to be Published Posthumously

By Sep 25, 2018New Releases

The literary world reeled this year with the loss of Irish writer Emma Hannigan to cancer. The novelist who has to date twelve published works to her name has seen her entire career steered by the knowledge that she carried the BRCA1 gene, which causes breast cancer. The author first started writing after preventative surgery but developed cancer despite the surgery.

In February 2018 her final works was published, Letters to My Daughters, and instant bestseller and now it’s announced that a posthumous work, The Gift of Friends will be out next year.




The announcement was made on 25th September, Hannigan’s birthday, and The Gift of Friends will be published on 28th February 2019. The Gift of Friends is marked to be “a life-affirming story that celebrates the power of female friendship”. Hannigan submitted the final draft for the book on 3rd March 2018, just days before her death.

As part of the announcement for the novel, Emma’s family released a statement about the author, paying tribute to her “ever generous spirit”. They also spoke of how it’s hard to believe six months has already passed since her death and how happy they are to have one final gift in a final book.

The Gift of Friends will be released on 28th February 2019 and is already available for pre-order.

Eco-Friendly Author Left Outraged After Discovering His Anti-Plastic Book Is Packed in Plastic

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Earlier this year, British writer Martin Dorey published a book called No. More. Plastic.: What You Can Do to Make a Difference. The book examines the disastrous effects plastic waste is having on our planet and gives readers plenty of advice on how to reduce the amount of plastic waste they create.

Dorey was then stunned to find that copies of his book were being delivered by his American distributor wrapped in plastic. Dorey described the error as an “absolute shambles” and pointed out that it shows how we use plastic “with our eyes closed”.

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Margaret Atwood is Writing Handmaid’s Tale Sequel and We’re Screaming With Excitement

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I can’t believe I am actually typing this but thirty-three years after the publication of The Handmaid’s Tale and on the back of the hugely successful television series, Margaret Atwood has confirmed that she is writing a sequel!

The author announced the news on Twitter today and gave some information about the upcoming book, which is to be called The Testaments. Here’s what she said:

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Tom Baker has written a new Doctor Who novel

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Tom Baker is best known as the fourth incarnation of The Doctor in the BBC series of Doctor Who.

His stint as The Doctor continued for 7 series- consisting of a massive 172 episodes, and he still remains one of the most popular Doctors to this day. His love for the Whoniverse continues as shown by his latest project- Scratchman- a Fourth Doctor novel that never saw the light of day, until now! The novel is dark, exciting, tense, and just perfectly Who. Tom’s inimitable wordsmithery combined with the gripping plot will guarantee this novel real success.

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Bloomsbury to Publish Anne Frank Collection Next Year

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Next year, on what would’ve marked Anne Frank’s 90th birthday, Bloomsbury Continuum will be publishing Anne Frank: The Collected Works. The collection has been described by the publisher as “an essential book for scholars and general readers alike”. The publication brings together all of Frank’s writings along with important documents and photographs.

As The Book Seller reports, the collection will be released on May 30th, the set includes both Anne’ ‘A’ and ‘B’ diaries, which are made up of the original diary and the edited one. A definitive readers version called ‘D’ is also included which has been edited by Mirjam Pressler, the German translator of Frank’s diary who has also published a book about her life.
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Oprah’s Book Club Recommends Michelle Obama Memoir

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Oprah has made Becoming by Michelle Obama the latest edition to her book club.

Released November 2018, Michelle Obama’s memoir follows her life “from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address,” her publisher has said.

Oprah has chosen Michelle’s memoirs for her honesty and vulnerability- naming it the perfect read this year to gain an insight into what it was really like being the ‘first Black First family’.

See Oprah and Michelle chatting about the new release here, and don’t forget to order your copy of Mrs Obama’s memoirs below!

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