Finally, a New Book from Khaled Hosseini is Coming

By February 23, 2018Authors, New Releases
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If you loved the Kite Runner and you couldn’t get enough of A Thousand Splendid Suns then you can probably call yourself a true Hosseini fan, and so you’ll be as excited as we are to hear he has a brand new novel coming later this year.

An essential voice in contemporary literature, American/Afghan Hosseini has quickly become one of the best loved novelists in the world, and we’re hoping his new book will live up to his name.

Hosseini’s new book ‘Sea Prayer’ is a little different to his previous releases, for one it’s not set in Afghanistan. It’s also much shorter, and illustrated. Sea Prayer is set around the ongoing humanitarian crisis as we continue to see the biggest movement of refugees since World War II. Sea Prayer hits the shelves in September and promises to be as hard hitting and powerful as his previous novels.

The book is being released to complement a short, interactive  movie on the same subject, you can watch that here:

Hosseini has proven adept at giving voice to things that have for a long time been silent to us in the West. In The Kite Runner he addressed the political changes in Afghanistan since the 1970s, the war on terror and life caught in the middle, from the perspective of an Aghan child. This debut novel was a bestseller, made into a major movie, and the books released since by the author have proven just as readable.

Hosseini said he was inspired to write this work after seeing the now infamous picture of Alan Kurdi, a 3-year-old Syrian boy whose body was photographed washed up on the shores of Turkey in 2015. This book tells of a family not dissimilar to this one and gives voice to those who have felt compelled to make treacherous journeys and take perilous risks just to get to safety.

‘Fear’ by Bob Woodward Has Sold Almost as Many Copies in a Week as ‘The Art of the Deal’ Has in 30 Years

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Bob Woodward’s Fear is arguably the biggest book of 2018 and, despite being released only last week, has already sold over a million copies. It was reported that the book sold 750,000 copies in its first day of sales alone. Fear‘s publisher Simon & Schuster spoke to CNN on Tuesday and said it had sold more than 1.1 million copies, making it the fastest selling book in the company’s history. A tenth printing is currently on order which will push book sales up to 1.2 million copies sold.
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10 books by UK comedians to tickle your funny bone

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Comedians in the UK have always tried to test the boundaries of humour, shine a light on odd cultural norms, and have been instrumental in the evolution of comedy as we know it.

From Laurel and Hardy to Monty Python’s Flying Circus, from the alternative comedy of the 1980s (Ben Elton, Jennifer Saunders) to innovative comedy of the 1990s (Simon Pegg, Jessica Stevenson)- the UK has always been at the forefront of comedy as it evolves.

Many UK comedians currently have autobiographies or humorous non-fiction titles available in your local bookshop: here are our favourites from the most recent releases.

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New Book Explores the Relationship Between Writers and their Cats

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Released last month, Writers and Their Cats does exactly what it says on the tin. Writers are a solitary sort, at home all day, and so it does make them perfect for keeping house pets and cats and writing kind of go hand in hand. I’ve often wondered how many authors have a feline muse, draped across their lap as they type and now it seems this new book has all the answers.

This volume celebrates forty five famous writers including Mark Twain, Haruki Murakami, and Ursula K. Le Guin, who have shared their home and writing space with a feline friend. There are photographs and stories all exploring that special bond between wordsmith and mouser.

Here’s a taster:

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West Virginian Library Reverses Decision Not to Stock Bob Woodward’s ‘Fear’

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A few days ago, it was reported that the Morgan County Public Library in Berkeley Springs, W.Va was refusing to stock the newly released, and much sought after, Bob Woodward book Fear, which takes a critical look at Trump’s time as POTUS. However, following an enormous backlash from local residents, which soon saw the story make headlines, the library has confirmed it will be lending out Fear.

Despite only being published last Friday, Fear has already proven to be one of the biggest books of the year and reportedly sold over 750,000 copies within its first day of sales, it is also the fastest-selling adult book since Harper Lee’s 2015 book Go Set a Watchmen.
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The Duchess of Sussex Supports Grenfell Cookbook

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Meghan, the new Duchess of Sussex has been making secret trips to the Hubb kitchen, a community mosque where residents got together to cook for victims of the tragedy, particularly those who were left in hotels without cooking facilities.

The group were getting together twice a week to cook family meals, bringing the community together and after a suggestion from the Duchess will now be releasing a cookbook for charity.

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Fear: Trump in the White House Smashes Sales Expectations

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Veteran Washington reporter Bob Woodward wrote Fear: Trump in the White House, a scathing attack on President Trump’s administration. Trump dismissed the book as ‘a joke’ but after less than a week of sales it seems it’s a joke that many people are keen to share as it’s reported that the book has sold three quarters of a million copies in the first day and is already going to its ninth reprint.

Guaranteed to be the bestselling nonfiction book of September, the expose is said to “depict a White House awash in dysfunction, where the Lord of the Flies is the closest thing to an owner’s manual”, according to a review posted in the Guardian recently.

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