Terry Pratchett’s Discworld Imaginarium Coming This Year

By August 5, 2017New Releases, News

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.

The book is being hailed as a definitive volume of Discworld illustrations including forty pieces of never before seen art, thirty pieces that have only every appeared in foreign editions, limited editions and bookclub editions, and seventeen book cover illustrations that have never been seen without the cover text.

The standard price is £35, but published simultaneously will be a £75 special edition of the book featuring a variant cover, a new piece designed exclusively for the edition and signed by Kidby, metallic page edging, a market ribbon and a specially designed slipcase. There is no news yet of a USA release, but it does appear that American customers can order from the UK site and pay extra for US shipping.

Fans will also get another chance to see illustrations from Discworld and Pratchett’s work as part of an exhibition at Salisbury Museum, running from September to January next year, you can find details of that here.

Novel Rejected Over 30 Times For Being “Too Gay”

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A novel has been rejected over 30 times by publishers who cited that it was “too niche” just because it centred on a gay character. It was also said the story of Charlie Matthews’ obsession with Madonna was “too working class, too 80s, too immersed in pop culture, and too gay”.

The Madonna of Bolton by Matt Cain is a family drama and sees the protagonist Charlie’s obsession with the pop star Madonna. His infatuation with her “sees him through some tough times in life: being persecuted at school; fitting in at a posh university; a glamorous career in London; finding boyfriends; getting rid of boyfriends; growing up and family heartbreak”.

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Philip Pullman’s New Novel Accidentally Published Early

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Readers in the Netherlands have had a bit of a treat this week as Philip Pullman’s new novel The Book of Dust has been accidentally published in the country several weeks early.

The Book of Dust: Volume 1 ‘La Belle Sauvage’ was due for worldwide publication on 19th October but due to a mix up, Dutch publishers Uitgeverij Prometheus distributed copies early, seeing copies of the books hit the shelves on 4th October.

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David Walliams’ 10th Novel “Bad Dad” Ready for Festive Release

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If you have kids who are fans of David Walliams then we have something you might like to add to the Christmas list. This week it was announced that David Walliams is to release his tenth book, Bad Dad, in time for Christmas.

The heart-warming rags to riches story follows a boy trying to break his dad out of prison. Frank’s dad went to jail for driving the getaway car in a bank robbery but he wants to put the money back and so Frank and him hatch a daring plan to break out and restore the missing cash. Read More

JoJo Moyes to Bring Back Lou in Second ‘Me Before You’ Follow On

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Who didn’t love Me Before You? The tearjerker of a novel by JoJo Moyes that went on to become a major movie is one of Moyes most popular books, so popular in fact that a follow on novel, After You soon followed. If you loved them both, then you’re soon be able to find out a little more about Lou’s life and how it’s panning out in another follow on novel Still Me, out in January. Read More

Matt Lucas Hosts Singing Competition for Bookshop Owners

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In October, Matt Lucas releases his memoirs Little Me: My Life from A-Z and to celebrate he’s hosting a little competition for bookshop owners.

Canongate who are publishing the memoirs are hosting a singing competition at their website right now and to enter bookshop owners must film themselves singing and send it in. The winner will have Matt Lucas visit their shop on December 5th to sign copies of Little Me. Read More

Stephen King Collaboration Sleeping Beauties Releases Today to Mixed Reviews

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Stephen King fans will no doubt have picked up their copy today, it being on pre-order for months but for those who haven’t heard Stephen King and his son Owen have collaborated on a new novel and it’s out today!

Sleeping Beauties by Stephen and Owen King hit bookstores today and already the major review sources are publishing reviews, calling it everything from a ‘return to form for King snr’ (The Guardian), to ‘lacks page-turning intensity’ (The Chicago Tribune). Read More



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