New Release: Nabokov’s Favourite Word Is Mauve by Ben Blatt

By March 13, 2017Literature, New Releases

Nabokov’s Favourite Word Is Mauve By Ben Blatt.

Available for pre-order now!

Ben Blatt, former staff writer for Slate and The Harvard Lampoon, and co-author of I Don’t Care If We Never Go Back, has a new book coming out that will appeal to those of us who geek out over literary statistics and bookish facts. Ben, a journalist with a penchant for collecting and analysing data, has delved into our favourite authors’ words and found some surprising, and not so surprising, conclusions. 

Nabokov’s Favourite Word Is Mauve: What the Numbers Reveal About the Classics, Bestsellers, and Our Own Writing is out on 14th March 2017 in hardback, and 23rd of March on Kindle, and you can pre-order now.

In Blatt’s newest offering we find out how Vladimir Nabokov used the word “mauve” 44 times more often than one would expect. This makes perfect sense once we find out that Nabokov had synesthesia which meant he would see colours when he read or wrote a certain letter or word. This is particularly telling as he tended to use colour within his writing at four times the rate as other authors.

Hardback release: 14th March 2017. Kindle release: 23rd March 2017. Mark your calendar now!

Ben Blatt and Eric Brewster’s co-authored book I Don’t Care If We Never Get Back is available to buy now.


Full of humour and hijinks, this book tells of when Ben and Eric go on an epic road-trip in an attempt to see 30 baseball games, in 30 stadiums, in 30 days…. But can they achieve it?

Sean Penn to Publish His First Novel, Tackles Trump and the #MeToo Movement

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Actor, filmmaker, and political activist, Sean Penn has written a novel which is set to be published later this year in April. As BookRiot reports, the book is called ‘Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff’ and is an expansion of an audiobook Penn penned and narrated in 2016 under the pseudonym name ‘Pappy Pariah.’

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

John Oliver Trolls Mike Pence with Children’s Book About a Gay Bunny

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English comedian John Oliver, who shot to fame with his popular show Last Week Tonight with John Olivier, has published a children’s book about a gay bunny in order to parody another book being published by the Pence family that follows their own pet rabbit.

‘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

Young Adult Author Lands 7-Figure Deal for Fantasy Novel and Movie

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Nigerian-American author Tomi Adeyemi’s critically acclaimed debut young adult (YA) novel, Children of Blood and Bone has gained a deal with Fox to produce her fantasy novel as a movie.

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.

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Exciting Announcement from the Author of The Book Thief

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Markus Zusak – author of The Book Thief– has been pretty quiet since the release and subsequent success of his novel. The prize-winning Aussie writer has been publishing works since 1999, but after The Book Thief he went quiet, with fans wondering when his next big hit novel would come.

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.

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Jacqueline Wilson Announces New Tracy Beaker Book That Sees Our Heroine as a Struggling Single Mum

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Jacqueline Wilson is one of Britain’s most celebrated authors and is known for her excellent children’s books, which aren’t afraid to tackle difficult themes such as adoption, divorce, and mental illness. It has been announced that one of her most popular characters, Tracy Beaker, is set to return after more than a decade.

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

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