We: A Manifesto is a piece of work by actress Gillian Anderson and journalist Jennifer Nadel. The two friends have worked together on this project in hopes to give women a push towards freeing themselves from, well, themselves.
This new release begins:
“Imagine a sisterhood – across all creeds and cultures. An unspoken agreement that we, as women, will support and encourage one another. That we will remember we don’t know what struggles each of us may be facing elsewhere in our lives and so we will assume that each of us is doing our best…”
It promotes itself as “inspiring, empowering, provocative”, and attempts to be more than just a self-help book. It discusses spirituality, politics, meaning and purpose in life, with practical and psychological tools to use daily.
For those of us who are more than a little cynical when it comes to self-help books in general, it is said to be rather more straight-talking than most. I for one look forward to being challenged!
The novel tells the story of Bob Honey, a middle-aged man with all sorts of mysterious business connections, including being a part-time assassin for a shady part of the government. After a reporter begins to get too close, Bob decides he wants out and does his best to begin a new life, though that’s easier said than done. Read More
‘Marlon Bundo’s A Day in the Life of the Vice President’ has been written by Pence’s daughter, Charlotte Pence, and features watercolour illustrations by the second lady Karen Pence. This children’s book was published on Monday and “gives young readers a bunny’s-eye view of the special duties of the vice president.” Read More
Described as “a Black Lives Matter-inspired fantasy novel”, Children of Blood and Bone combines modern-day issues and West African myth. The novel is set in Orïsha, a fictional world, and follows Zélie Adebola, a diviner with magic powers that transform her into a maji. When the King of Orïsha orders for all who posses black magic to be killed, it is up to Zélie to bring the magic back.
Markus must have felt an enormous pressure, and as most writers are wont to do he began to doubt he had another great story in him. Readers all over the world wrote to encourage him, thanking him for their favourite book of his, and eventually Markus announced he was ready… Watch his message to his fans below.
The new story will follow a grown up Tracy who is now a single Mum struggling to make ends meet in London. Wilson stated that she was inspired to return to the character after seeing mothers holding copies of the Tracy Beaker books they read as children. The first book in the series was published 27 years ago and followed Tracy as she grew up in a care home that was known by Tracy and her friends as ‘the dumping ground’. Now Tracy is a mother and is struggling to raise her own challenging nine-year-old. Read More
Their website explains the influences behind their anthologies:
“The Urban Word Collective was born out of a dream of a shared space whereby Urban Poets could mutually promote, celebrate and inspire one another for the benefit of their communities and ultimately country. Such poets are the Bob Dylans of today and have so much to say, to add to navigating a tumultuous world. The world of poetry has never been exclusive to one tradition, rather a tree with roots that propagates, seeding for the present and future.”
As the Guardian reports, official book sales monitor Nielsen has sold 4,065 copies in the last week, making it Ireland’s bestselling title by some margin against its competitors. Fellow author Patricia Scanlan has been a part of the campaign dedicated to promoting the book and shared her excitement on Twitter. Read More