march 14 – march 21 bookish roundup

Let’s get down to business!

The new budget might be helpful for independent bookstores, as business rates will be reduced for small businesses. However, this doesn’t include all small bookstores, and this information was presented by George Osborne, so we’ll take it with a grain of salt.

Graham Norton is to publish his yet unnamed debut novel, published by Hodder & Stoughton. Not so sure about this myself – I’ll let others read it and then see.

You can pre-order ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Parts 1 and 2’) on Amazon already – it is released on the 31st July 2016. I may have screamed aloud when I saw this. IT IS HAPPENING, PEOPLE.

The mass market edition of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ is going out of print. While there are two trade copies available, this costs almost double the price. Apparently, this was at Harper Lee’s request. Classrooms are being given a special discount from HarperCollins. I’ll admit, I find this pretty weird. No mass market edition of such a classic?!

The British Book Trade Awards were announced on 17th March – awards went to Oxford University Press, Blackwells, and lots of our other favourites.

Not a hugely interesting week, I’ll admit, but we can only hope that next week brings exciting news!

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