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Migration: Ali Smith, David Herd and Wolfgang Bauer listen for the true story – books podcast

As the UK adjusts to life outside the European Union, we ask if literature can get to the heart of an issue that dominated the referendum campaignAnxiety about immigration may have driven the vote for Brexit – but in or out of the EU, the global fo...
by Publishing Company Blog on Jun 24, 2016

Systems fiction: a novel way to think about the present

Seen in literary fiction as well as SF, this genre weaves together complex debates in a way that can offer a clearer view of the future – think Atwood, DeLillo and AsimovWeirdly enough, science fiction is not the best lens through which to examine...
by Publishing Company Blog on Jun 24, 2016

Storyteller on Readers Circle

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by Humour, Ideas and Opinions on Jun 24, 2016

String Theory: David Foster Wallace on Tennis review – the best writer on the game ever

In pieces that range from his own success as a junior player to the sport-changing ability of Roger Federer, Foster Wallace combined a nerd’s outlook with a novelist’s gift for expositionDavid Foster Wallace was, in his own estimation, “a near...
by Publishing Company Blog on Jun 24, 2016

Kazuo Ishiguro: my turning point? Reading Proust on my sickbed

It may be set in Japan around the second world war, but An Artist of the Floating World was influenced by the author’s experience of living in Sydenham in the 80sI began An Artist of the Floating World in September 1981, in a basement flat in Sheph...
by Publishing Company Blog on Jun 24, 2016

The Long Cosmos by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter – a final farewell to the Long Earth

‘Stepping’ from one Earth to the next, meeting strange creatures and reflecting on life, love and quantum theory: a gentle collaborative journey through the multiverse comes to an end And so here it is, the last new work we’ll ever have from Te...
by Publishing Company Blog on Jun 24, 2016

My life before writing: Emma Cline on being a child actor

Being a child actor seemed like a vision of what the world could be – free of sharp edgesDavid Mitchell on his dreams of being a lighthouse keeperMargo Jefferson on musical theatreNina Stibbe on her ambitions to work in a sawmillI tried, for a whil...
by Publishing Company Blog on Jun 24, 2016

Poets on tour: 'the UK has been torn in two like a bad poem'

Journeying through idyllic country to meet another great crowd in Crickhowell is the joyous prelude to a dark night watching the pollsReferendum Day. We poets have sensed the drifting presence of the malevolent genie uncorked from its bottle by the f...
by Publishing Company Blog on Jun 24, 2016

Quentin Blake's unpublished illustrations of The BFG - in pictures

Quentin Blake guides us through the remarkable story of his collaboration with Roald Dahl to make The BFGOriginals of all the illustrations in this gallery, and many more, can be seen at The BFG in pictures exhibition at London’s House of Illustrat...
by Publishing Company Blog on Jun 24, 2016

Paul Beatty: ‘Slam poetry, TED talks: they’re for short attention spans’

The award-winning author on race, satire and watching samurai films with his motherPaul Beatty is breakfasting in a Dunkin’ Donuts on New York’s Lower East Side and mulling over his upbringing in Los Angeles, where he was born in 1962. “My moth...
by Publishing Company Blog on Jun 24, 2016

Podcast link. Only 12 minutes. Have a listen.

Yesterday I was interviewed about my book Positively Powerless on the podcast of a pastor in Ontario, Canada. While I …Continue reading →...
by Enough Light on Jun 23, 2016

Fluke: The Maths and Myths of Coincidences by Joseph Mazur – review

Unforeseen meetings, improbable outcomes and a strange story of plum puddings … a deep dive into the mathematics of chance A sunny day in Paris, 1929. The novelist Anne Parrish leaves her husband in a left bank cafe to browse books at a stall by th...
by Publishing Company Blog on Jun 23, 2016

Empire of Things by Frank Trentmann review – a world of consumers

This history of consumption is fascinating and broad in scope, from Ming-era China to the pleasures of online shopping. But it is riven by a contradictionThis book addresses one of the most basic questions. To survey the vast terrain, Frank Trentmann...
by Publishing Company Blog on Jun 23, 2016

Condensed, or just dense? The apps that turn books into 15-minute reads

Many readers will recoil from these radically boiled-down versions of titles like A Brief History of Time. Me too, until I started reading themIs this reading or “reading”? An app called Joosr, which aims to help users read a book in 20 minutes,...
by Publishing Company Blog on Jun 23, 2016

007 questions: how well do you know the James Bond books? – quiz

On this day 50 years ago, Ian Fleming’s 14th and final Bond book, Octopussy and the Living Daylights, was published. How much do you know about Ian Fleming in print?In the first James Bond book, Casino Royale (1953), Bond orders a martini. How does...
by Publishing Company Blog on Jun 23, 2016

Kick-Ass to return as a black woman, announces Mark Millar

The comics star says reinvented protagonist ‘opens up story possibilities that haven’t been tried in almost 80 years of superhero fiction’Citing his belief that comics are “not short of white males aged around 30”, the writer Mark Millar is...
by Publishing Company Blog on Jun 23, 2016

Stephen King and George RR Martin talk gun control

Interviewed by Game of Thrones novelist, the horror star says automatic and semi-automatic weapons ‘are weapons of mass destruction’George RR Martin has released a video of him interviewing Stephen King, who issues a fierce demand for greater gun...
by Publishing Company Blog on Jun 23, 2016

The Mirror Thief by Martin Seay review – a clever, time-hopping debut

From 2003 Las Vegas to 1958 California to 1592 Venice, examples of deceit and concealment constantly echo each other in an exceptionally intelligent workThough flashbacks are currently a fashionable novelistic tactic, this bold American debut makes u...
by Publishing Company Blog on Jun 23, 2016

Food in books: gravlax on rye from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Kate Young muses on the joys of morning markets and makes a Swedish favourite from Stieg Larsson’s popular crime novelBy Kate Young for The Little Library Café, part of the Guardian Books NetworkThen he made himself lunch, which consisted of coffe...
by Publishing Company Blog on Jun 23, 2016

Poets' tour, part four: in and out with lettuce and lardy bread

As our road trip moves through changing landscapes and political sympathies, our mood is shifting between hilarity and tearsAnd so we leave the grand, sorrowful house of Chipping Norton, back down the long two-mile driveway, once owned by the Brass f...
by Publishing Company Blog on Jun 23, 2016


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