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?




Terry Pratchett’s Discworld Imaginarium Coming This Year

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We have some great news for the fans of Discworld today with the release of a new book in the Autumn. Pratchett fans have been distraught at the idea of no more Discworld novels, and while this won’t be a novel, it will be full colour portfolio of illustrations from Discworld artist Paul Kidby, and it’s coming in November.

Pratchett said of Kidby’s illustrations that it was “the closest anyone’s got to how I see the characters and it seems fitting that he should produce this portfolio. The 272 page, full colour volume will publish on 23rd November.

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What Date is Lethal White Released; Next Cormoran Strike Novel

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There’s been big news from the J.K Rowling camp in recent months with the success of Fantastic Beasts, new Harry Potter coffee table books, the twentieth anniversary of the release of the first Harry Potter book, and of course her and Harry’s birthday this week. Also in the news this week is this week’s literary charts, giving the author her 79th number 1 with the publication of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in paperback. Read More

Jane Austen’s Intimate Letters to be Released This Year

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The publishing arm of the Bodleian Library is to release a collection of Jane Austen’s letters this year, and they promise to provide an intimate glimpse into the life of the author after she moved to Bath, aged 25.

The collection, to be released this September will be called Jane Austen: The Chawton Letters and has been edited by Kathryn Sutherland, professor of bibliography and textual criticism at the University of Oxford. The book will be released in association with Jane Austen’s House Museum. Read More

Hillary Clinton’s Memoirs Get a Title

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What Happened is out September!

The world has been much looking forward to the memoirs from Hillary Clinton, promised by publishing house Simon & Schuster a few months ago. Yesterday it was announced that the new book will be called ‘What Happened’, and Clinton promises unparalleled candour and honesty as she lets her guard down for this highly personal book. Read More

7 New Twisty Turny Thrillers That Could be This Year’s Gone Girl

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We all love a good thriller, and the genre has never been so popular. After Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl rewrote the genre we’ve seen so many exciting thrillers, often with strong female characters, all designed to make you change your loyalties from page to page, and that trend is continuing with some fantastic books released this year, filling the void perfectly.

There are hundreds of new thrillers out this year, but for this post we’re specifically featuring books that we think could be this year’s “Gone Girl”, the thriller that kept us all on a roller coaster ride before being made into a major movie. Read More

New PD James Stories Coming This Autumn

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When we lost PD James back in 2014, a world of crime lovers mourned, the author was the Queen of Crime, without a doubt and those who loved her will be thrilled to hear there are new stories coming this October.

Sleep No More is a new collection of short stories from the late author to be released just in time for the Christmas market. The six short stories all have a motive of revenge and vengence and will be published by Faber later this year. From unhappy marriages to bullying schoolmasters, this collection will have it all. Read More

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