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

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?




New John Green Novel Coming October 2017

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John Green is one of the best known YA authors of our time and is responsible for tearjerkers such as Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, breaking the hearts of an entire generation. However, it’s been a while since we had a full length novel, the last The Fault in Our Stars was out in 2012, five years ago!

All that changed this week with the news that there’s a brand new full length novel coming from John Green this October, his first for five years! Turtles All the Way Down will be out on October 10th of this year and although there’s not yet a cover reveal, it is available for pre-order now. Read More

4 Bookish Kickstarter Campaigns to Get Excited About!

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Kickstarter is a crowdfunding corporation founded in 2009 by Perry Chen, Yancey Strickler, and Charles Adler. The company is based in Brooklyn, New York, and is focussed on creative projects such as films, comics, journalism, literature, and video games.

It has kickstarted (oh! I see where they got the name from now!) many excellent projects you may have heard of, and a few you may not have. We have gathered a handful of the best literature-based projects out now, or made possible, thanks to Kickstarter. Just click on the heading of each campaign to take you to the corresponding Kickstarter page, or find the Amazon links below each book.

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Barack Obama to Pen Foreword for Upcoming Book Written by Former White House Photographer

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Former White House photographer, Pete Souza, captured some of the most iconic images of the Obama administration and many of his photographs have been seen by million across the globe. Souza is currently working on a book called Obama: An Intimate Portrait, which will give readers a look at some of the more private moments of Obama’s time as President. Read More

Penguin Launch their Vintage Minis Series (and they’re beautiful!)

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A 20 book collection for the bookshelf

In June, Penguin Vintage launched a new range of short books, celebrating their extensive backlist and the Penguin Vintage Minis are absolutely gorgeous! The twenty new titles bring us some essential reading from the world’s greatest writers on the experiences that make us human. Everything is covered, from birth to death and everything in between.

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Enjoy this Excerpt of an Exciting New Fairytale Reboot

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“A feminist reimagining of the Snow White fairy tale, which follows both of the central female characters from the original story: the princess and her stepmother.”

 

This feminist fantasy reimagining of the Snow White fairytale brings us what could be described as a mix of the magical realism of Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber, and female-led, powerful beauty of Disney’s Frozen.

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New Book Coming from Lemony Snicket Later this Year

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It’s announced today that author of A Series of Unfortunate Events Daniel Handler – writing as Lemony Snicket – is to release a new book later this year. The Bad Mood and the Stick promises to wow readers in truly Lemony Snickett style.

The Bad Mood and the Stick will be Lemony Snicket’s thirteenth published book after A Series of Unfortunate Events and other works. Read More

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