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Is #SocialMedia Really Good for #BookPromotion?

I’ve certainly gone out of my way over the last 5 years to figure out what might be called “Rational-Book-Promotion”… If I’d done every technique that’s been touted to give me millions of paying customers, I’...
by Notes from An Alien on Jun 22, 2016

Are you anxious, asks a picture book, then helps me face my answer| Rebecca Slater

Generalised anxiety is paralysing to live with and nearly impossible to explain but a new book on it proves pictures can indeed be worth a thousand wordsI first came across Catherine LePage’s illustrated book browsing the aisles of my local booksto...
by Publishing Company Blog on Jun 22, 2016

The Sex Lives of English Women review – turkish delight fantasies and great ‘organisms’

Being ravished on Question Time, enjoying bondage in the pub, a nun who wants a threesome … Wendy Jones has given women the space to talk, but could have done much moreWhat do women really want? Many have wondered, and now, finally, thanks to Wendy...
by Publishing Company Blog on Jun 22, 2016

Top 10 books about the Beatles

Paul McCartney’s biographer picks out the best work in a field that has often been marked by ‘leaden paragraphs overstuffed with show-offy facts’Writing about the Beatles has saddled me with two heavy burdens. The first is that almost everyone...
by Publishing Company Blog on Jun 22, 2016

The Natural Way of Things review – a masterpiece of feminist horror

Ten women are abducted and held prisoner in the Australian outback in Charlotte Wood’s powerful modern-day parableAt the beginning of The Natural Way of Things, 10 young women wake from a drugged sleep to find they’ve been abducted and...
by Publishing Company Blog on Jun 22, 2016

Quidditch leaves Harry Potter behind as (real) World Cup fever grows

From Uganda to Pakistan, quidditch teams from all around the world are gearing up for the international competition of JK Rowling’s fictional sport in Germany next month. But if you can’t fly a broomstick - why would you play?“To be honest, I w...
by Publishing Company Blog on Jun 22, 2016

Free Speech by Timothy Garton Ash review – coping with the internet as ‘history’s largest sewer’

This is a thought-provoking manifesto for a ‘connected world’, a suggested agreement on how we disagree. But is freedom of expression what Garton Ash says it is? In the 1980s, Timothy Garton Ash made his name as a brilliant reporter on central an...
by Publishing Company Blog on Jun 22, 2016

Everyone Is Watching review – a panoramic portrait of New York

Whitman, Mapplethorpe and Edmund White star in Megan Bradbury’s beautifully written debut about what defines America’s most famous cityThe American writer Lydia Davis has compared her mini-stories to buildings, because like skyscrapers they are s...
by Publishing Company Blog on Jun 22, 2016

Four times African writers rewrote a western classic and nailed it

Ainehi Edoro looks at books by African writers that are based on western classics – sometimes giving the original a complete makeoverBy Ainehi Edoro for Brittle Paper, part of the Guardian Books NetworkHeart of Darkness tells the story of a British...
by Publishing Company Blog on Jun 22, 2016

Poets on tour, part three: silence in Oxford, shouting in Chipping Norton

Today, the road trip reaches the heart of Oxfordshire, where tense political times provide the spark for hijinks and tomfooleryMidsummer Bath is gold in early sun and rain, as we climb aboard the minibus for the drive to Oxford. Edward Thomas insists...
by Publishing Company Blog on Jun 22, 2016

Lisa McInerney's 'astounding' debut novel wins Desmond Elliott prize

A fortnight after bagging the Baileys prize for women’s fiction, The Glorious Heresies takes £10,000 honourTwo weeks after Lisa McInerney won the Baileys prize for women’s fiction, the Irish writer has won the £10,000 Desmond Elliott prize for...
by Publishing Company Blog on Jun 22, 2016

One Woman. Two Men. No Way Out : Paris Mon Amour by Isabel Costello

I'm delighted to be sharing with you today an intriguing excerpt from Isabel Costello's debut novel, Paris Mon Amour which was published by Canelo on 13th June.Isabel is the host of the Literary Sofa, which features authors from new talent to Ne...
by Jera's Jamboree on Jun 22, 2016

Will I Take Another Break From Blogging?

  Another break? Yes, at the end of one summer I took an entire month off from blogging and scarcely did any work for my brand as an author, speaker and educator. You heard me, an entire month off!  Shortly after, I wrote a post That One Month...

Translation Tuesday: Next, a poem by Jing Xianghai

Still largely unknown to western readers, Jing Xianghai is the best-selling Taiwanese poet of his generation, combining comedy with heroic pathosBy Jing Xianghai and Lee Yew Leong for Translation Tuesdays by Asymptote, part of the Guardian Books Netw...
by Publishing Company Blog on Jun 21, 2016

Covers story: why are there so many new publishing imprints?

From Colm Tóibín’s Tuskar Rock to Fleet, One and Tinder Press, there seem to be more and more publisher subdivisions. Claire Armitstead finds out whyTowards the end of the noughties, Colm Tóibín bounced into the office of a London publisher clu...
by Publishing Company Blog on Jun 21, 2016

Poets' tour hits Bath: strawberry moon in a honey-dipped city

The Shore to Shore diary makes a second stop, where we are treated to warm enthusiasm and opinionated bookselling – and find more reasons to writeDay two of the Shore to Shore tour: summer solstice, 17 hours of daylight and the promise of a strawbe...
by Publishing Company Blog on Jun 21, 2016

From bedroom wall to auction hall: rare Thor comic art goes on sale

Cover artwork for 1968 Marvel cover featuring Norse ‘superhero’ goes to auction after decades adorning domestic interiorA rare early image of the superhero incarnation of the Norse god Thor, which has hung on a bedroom wall for decades, is set to...
by Publishing Company Blog on Jun 21, 2016

Henning Mankell play about colonialism in Africa published in English for first time

Extract from The Antelopes by Wallander author – who spent years in Mozambique – published in Index on CensorshipA play by Henning Mankell about a Swedish couple struggling to understand the Africa where they have lived for more than a decade is...
by Publishing Company Blog on Jun 21, 2016

The Fireman review – Joe Hill's apocalypse feels real and visceral

Joe Hill’s follow-up to NOS4R2 envisages a world overcome by a fungus that causes spontaneous human combustionIt is difficult to know whether to be more taken with the moment in Joe Hill’s The Fireman when, with humanity all but wiped out by spon...
by Publishing Company Blog on Jun 21, 2016

Tips, links and suggestions: what are you reading this week?

Your space to discuss the books you are reading and what you think of themAre you on Instagram? Then you can be featured here by tagging your books-related posts with #GuardianBooksScroll down for our favourite literary linksRead more Tips, links and...
by Publishing Company Blog on Jun 21, 2016


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