The former First Lady has a smash hit on her hands. According to The Guardian, Michelle Obama’s autobiography, Becoming, has sold more than 10 million copies and is on track to become the most successful memoir in history. Penguin Random House has revealed that the book was their biggest success of last year and is still growing. Becoming has been a global sales juggernaut since its release in November of last year, having been translated into thirty-one languages and the audiobook becoming Random House’s fastest seller ever.
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Michelle Obama has been promoting the book on a press tour, having been visiting Copenhagen, Paris, Amsterdam, the USA, and Canada. The tour has proven to be hugely popular and she next plans to visit London on April 14th. The book itself details her life, chronicling her early childhood in the South Side of Chicago to her years as an early mother to her time serving as First Lady. Let’s hope it continues to keep climbing and breaking new records!
J.K. Rowling is serving up a new twisted mystery this fall with the release of ‘Lethal White’, the fourth installment in the Strike series. Rowling shared an update on Twitter recently, unveiling the book’s eerie cover and release date of September 18 2018.
Written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith,the Cormoran Strike series follows private detective Cormoran Strike and his partner Robin Ellacott as they investigate brutal murders throughout London. Lethal White is a follow-up to Career of Evil, which was released three years ago and though fans have been waiting longer than anticipated for the new installment, the synopsis is certainly worth the wait.
I seen a kid killed… He strangled it, up by the horse.
When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike’s office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed, and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic.
Trying to get to the bottom of Billy’s story, Strike and Robin Ellacott – once his assistant, now a partner in the agency – set off on a twisting trail that leads them through the backstreets of London, into a secretive inner sanctum within Parliament, and to a beautiful but sinister manor house deep in the countryside.
And during this labyrinthine investigation, Strike’s own life is far from straightforward: his newfound fame as a private eye means he can no longer operate behind the scenes as he once did. Plus, his relationship with his former assistant is more fraught than it ever has been – Robin is now invaluable to Strike in the business, but their personal relationship is much, much more tricky than that…
Lethal White will be released on September 18 2018
Thursday March 8th is International Women’s Day, and with the current state of the world, you’d better believe that companies across the globe are giving this day the power it deserves.
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The last few years have been rocky and weird, and it seems as though we’ve been caught in a vacuum of #metoo, for women’s voices are finally screaming out to be heard. For International Women’s Day this year, the two publishing houses, Penguin and Waterstones (a U.K.-based company), will be setting up a pop-up bookshop in east London which will only be selling books written by women. The shop is set to run from March 5th – March 9th, and will include over 200 writers. In London, the international holiday happens to coincide with the 100-year anniversary of the Representation of the People Act, which gave women the right to vote so the shop is paying homage to both dates.
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The goal is to educate people, both young and old, on the women whose voices have rung out over the years in an effort to gain equality with their male counterparts. In addition to educating, Penguin and Waterstones hope to inspire young girls to continue being bold, brave, and loud about demanding rights that they deserve. Not only will the shop include books written for adults, but ones written for children as well. Plus, the proceeds go to various organizations that sponsor aid for domestically-abused women, so your money will be going to an excellent cause.
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If you find yourself on Rivington Street in east London between March 5th and 9th, I highly suggest you check out this shop filled with years of women whose strengths and struggles gave us what we are lucky to have today: freedom.