april 11-april 18 bookish roundup

Obviously the big news of the week is that of the London Book Fair 2016, which I would have loved to attend. Another year, maybe! Some of the deals made at the fair include:

  1. A new novel from Ian McEwan
  2. A book from 2015 Bake-Off Winner Nadiya Hussain (!!!)
  3. A thriller trilogy by Chloe Esposito, which is creating a lot of buzz
  4. A new novel from Orhan Pamuk, Nobel laureate
  5. Also the sequel to ‘The Little Prince’, translated into English for the first time

In the past week there was also a memorial to Terry Pratchett, who passed away in 2015. It was revealed that a variety of Discworld publications and movie releases are still in the works. This includes a biography of Pratchett, a graphic novel and a Discworld encyclopaedia. Neil Gaiman wrote a truly lovely blog entry about the memorial, and about the Good Omens movie script that he has been working on.

The shortlist for the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction was announced:

  1. Cynthia Bond: Ruby
  2. Anne Enright: The Green Road
  3. Lisa McInerney: The Glorious Heresies
  4. Elizabeth McKenzie: The Portable Veblen
  5. Hannah Rothschild: The Improbability of Love (which has been optioned for a TV series)
  6. Hanya Yanagihara: A Little Life

Finally, John Barrowman, of ‘Doctor Who’ and ‘Torchwood’ fame, will be continuing the Torchwood story in a series of graphic novels! The first will be published July this year. Maybe ‘Who’ fans have a reason to celebrate after all…

That’s all from me today! Have a happy Monday.


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