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Monday April 6, 2015 at 9:13am
Colouring books for adults top Amazon bestseller list

Surge in popularity of genre attributed to ‘anti-stress’ benefits and nostalgia

The bestselling title on Amazon in the US right now is not Harper Lee’s hugely anticipated second novel, Go Set a Watchman, or George RR Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire fantasy series, or even Zoella’s much-mocked but much-bought young adult hit, Girl Online. Instead, Scottish illustrator Johanna Basford is topping the charts, with her colouring books for adults taking top spots on’s bestseller lists.  View More
Thursday February 5, 2015 at 9:15am
George RR Martin unleashes a blast from The Winds of Winter

Song of Ice and Fire author publishes a chapter from his feverishly-awaited forthcoming fantasy novel online

George RR Martin has released another excerpt from The Winds of Winter, the forthcoming volume of his enormously popular Song of Ice and Fire novel sequence. View More
Thursday May 23, 2013 at 3:53pm

The Great Gatsby meets Baz Luhrmann - Guardian article

This might be the best attempt yet to film Fitzgerald's masterpiece. Which is not to say this is a good film

Writing about Baz Luhrmann's Gatsby in relation to F Scott Fitzgerald's prose, is like trying to describe a gorilla playing with a Fabergé egg. There it is, this great hairy, wild-eyed beast, stomping, roaring, thumping its chest. It neither knows nor cares about the delicate beauty it holds in its mattock hands, and has no idea why so many people think it so precious. …

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Wednesday April 17, 2013 at 3:56pm

Film promising revelations about reclusive Catcher in the Rye author has been snapped up by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein

JD Salinger, the elusive author of The Catcher in the Rye, was one of America's most famous recluses and guarded his private life with fanatical dedication. Yet even he might have been impressed by the immense efforts being undertaken to keep details secret of a new documentary that has been made about his life and works.

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Wednesday March 6, 2013 at 3:59pm

Refusing further business, Barefoot Books says retail giant has undermined its commitment to 'grassroots values'

An award-winning children's publisher has cut its ties with Amazon, saying that the online retail giant has turned its books into commodities and undermined its way of doing business.

Citing her commitment "to diversity and to grassroots values; to 'small is beautiful'", Barefoot Books co-founder Nancy Traversy said in a statement that "the challenges we have faced doing business with Amazon over the years are similar to those we experienced selling to the big box retail chains. Personal relationships with buyers are rare

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Thursday February 7, 2013 at 4:01pm
Harry Potter first edition featuring JK Rowling drawings sells for £150,000

Auction of tomes scribbled upon and annotated by their authors raises total of £440,000 for English Pen writers' association

A first edition copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, with author JK Rowling's notes and original illustrations, was sold for £150,000 at auction in London.

The book, which was auctioned by Sotheby's at a charity sale in aid of the English Pen writers' association, was purchased by an anonymous bidder by telephone.

The annotations by Rowling include comments on the process of writing and view guardian article
Monday December 17, 2012 at 9:55pm
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Thursday November 1, 2012 at 9:58pm
The Guardian critics and experts pick the best books, and give the definitive subject lists. Click to view
Tuesday August 28, 2012 at 9:49pm
New Book - The Shadow of Death By FeedARead author Timothy Stephen Ellis: Richards realises that the trunk murder is a copycat of a murder from the 1950s, and there are more to come... isit FeedARead for more details
Monday August 20, 2012 at 10:37pm
Sites for writers:

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Information from youwriteon - is a site for budding writers with feedback from random house and orion each month for the highest rated extracts. Random House and Orion publish authors such as Dan Brown and Terry Pratchett.
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