Philip Pullman, Neil Gaiman, Tom Holland, and Others Stand Against Piracy

Philip Pullman, Neil Gaiman, Tom Holland, and Others Stand Against Piracy

Everyone needs to stop pirating books. That’s means me – especially me – and you, and the person next to you, and the people who don’t read this article.   Image Via Medium Creativity is meant to be experienced, but we live in a capitalist society, in which people need to make money, and sadly, by artists’ work being distributed for free, they lose out. And you know what happens if they lose money? All those books and other creative works we love will no longer we accessible. Thankfully people are fighting back. This isn’t the say that musicians and …

Figures Show Political Unease Driving Staggering Book Sales

Figures Show Political Unease Driving Staggering Book Sales

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Explosive books lead to explosive sales, as British bookseller Waterstones can prove with whopping year-to-date figures: a 50% increase in political book revenue. The explanation? A frightened—and growing—mass of writers and readers “urgently seeking to understand this scary new world.” Though hot, controversial releases like Michael Wolff‘s Trump exposé Fire and Fury and Tim Shipman‘s Brexit commentary All Out War have been driving these sales, the relationship between divisive politics and modern literature is hardly a new phenomenon.   Image Via Lifenews.com   These new figures are only a continuation of an ongoing trend, with political literature moving to the forefront after …

UK’s Most Dynamic Indie Publishers Unite for a Podcast!

UK’s Most Dynamic Indie Publishers Unite for a Podcast!

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The Indie publishers known as Canongate, Faber, and Profile/ Serpent’s Tail are releasing a podcast every two weeks to celebrate authors, bookshops and independent publishing! The podcast will be called “Read Like a Writer” and will be hosted by journalist Anna Fielding. It will center around authors providing their favorite book recommendations, focusing on childhood and favorite classics, and talking about their own work. The authors will also include their favorite local independent bookshop and how that specific bookshop was important to them.     The podcast’s first episode has already been released with Matt Haig. Shaun Bythell, Sara Perry, …

2017 Man Booker Prize Shortlist Drops and Raises Eyebrows

2017 Man Booker Prize Shortlist Drops and Raises Eyebrows

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The 2017 Man Booker Prize shortlist has been announced, and it’s somewhat surprising. The six novels are:   Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders (Bloomsbury)   4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster (Faber & Faber)   History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)   Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (Hamish Hamilton)   Elmet by Fiona Mozley (JM Originals, John Murray)   Autumn by Ali Smith (Hamish Hamilton)   Among the surprises this year is the diversity of experience. George Saunders and Paul Auster are well-established American writers, though Lincoln in the Bardo is Saunders’s (excellent) first …

Menu for ‘Harry Potter’ Themed Bar Revealed!

Menu for ‘Harry Potter’ Themed Bar Revealed!

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The invisibility cloak has been whipped off further details of Exeter, Englands’s highly anticipated Harry Potter themed restaurant, revealing what we’ve all been waiting for: THE MENU.  The Cauldron Inn will open in Gandy Street in just two weeks on Friday, August 25.   Here’s a sneaky peek at The Cauldron Inn’s menu ? ! One lucky retweeter will get to try it at a pre-open tasting!! pic.twitter.com/r528GoZYqy — The Cauldron Inn (@TheCauldronInn) August 14, 2017   The menu does seem a little muggle-centric, but we suppose no self-respecting witch or wizard would be caught fraternizing with muggles in a non-magical …