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Clean room, no beetles wanted: how a young Kafka hoped to write budget travel guides

Before writing his best-known works, Franz Kafka hoped to make millions with a series of “on the cheap” guides to European travelYears before penning Metamorphosis, considered by some to be the greatest short story ever written, Franz Kafka hoped...
by Publishing Company Blog on Dec 20, 2016

Wonder Woman writer and artist dropped by DC over 'challenging relationship'

Comics giant says that the company was concerned by criticism by husband-and-wife team Ray Dillon and Renae De Liz of other creativesThe critically acclaimed, Eisner-nominated comic series The Legend of Wonder Woman has been cancelled by DC Comics, b...
by Publishing Company Blog on Dec 20, 2016

Ahmed Naji to be freed from jail, but will face court again in January

The Egyptian novelist convicted of ‘violating public modesty’ has had his sentence suspended, pending another hearing next monthEgyptian author Ahmed Naji is to be released from prison, after Egypt’s highest appeals court suspended his two-year...
by Publishing Company Blog on Dec 20, 2016

Colin Thubron and Tom Phillips join 2017 Man Booker jury

The two will join Sarah Hall, Lila Azam Zanganeh and chair Baroness Young to judge the UK’s premier literary prize, to be awarded in October 2017Travel writer and novelist Colin Thubron and artist Tom Phillips are to join the five-strong panel that...
by Publishing Company Blog on Dec 20, 2016

Cheaper books would save Australians $25m a year, says Productivity Commission

Authors and publishers condemn push to repeal parallel import restrictions and say there will be fewer Australian titlesThe federal government should move to make books cheaper in the next year and save Australians about $25m annually, the Productivi...
by Publishing Company Blog on Dec 20, 2016

Public library loans show dramatic fall in last two years

Almost 16m fewer books have been loaned in England and Wales since 2014, reinforcing a bleak picture of widespread budget cuts and branch closuresLatest figures show that library book loans slumped by almost 16m in the last two years, with library ca...
by Publishing Company Blog on Dec 19, 2016

'Surreal' trumps 'fascism' as Merriam-Webster's 2016 word of the year

Dictionary publisher had appealed for readers to stop rise of ‘fascism’Editor: ‘Surreal is one of the words most searched after tragedy’Merriam-Webster has succeeded in its attempt to stop “fascism” being named its word of the year: the d...
by Publishing Company Blog on Dec 19, 2016

More than 140 authors call on Penguin Random House to reinstate union recognition

Open letter from writers including David Almond, Michael Rosen and Meg Rosoff calls on publisher to ‘reverse its decision to derecognise unions’Children’s authors David Almond, Michael Rosen and Meg Rosoff are among more than 140 writers, books...
by Publishing Company Blog on Dec 19, 2016

Andreï Makine uses Académie française induction to attack 'ignorant' Hollande

While receiving France’s highest literary honour, Russian novelist rounds on the ‘arrogant ignoramus’ running the country – who authorised his prizeRussian novelist Andreï Makine has criticised the last three French presidents as “arrogant...
by Publishing Company Blog on Dec 16, 2016

Redundancy fears as Penguin Random House derecognises staff unions

Workers from Unite and NUJ fear move heralds industrial strife at company that publishes one in four books sold globallyPenguin Random House, the publisher of hits including The Girl on the Train, Fifty Shades of Grey and Jamie Oliver’s cookbooks,...
by Publishing Company Blog on Dec 16, 2016

UK's first major Moomins exhibition set to open in London

The creatures of author Tove Jansson’s books are famous in their native Finland, and are building an international followingOn one level it is travelling through the magical caves, beaches and forests inhabited by lovable, strange creatures which r...
by Publishing Company Blog on Dec 15, 2016

Brexit, YouTuber and Bama among new words in Oxford English Dictionary

Politics, business and social media coin 2016’s official additions to the English language – and, naturally, Beyoncé has a hand in it tooBrexit may mean Brexit to Theresa May, but the Oxford English Dictionary has come to the aid of those who wi...
by Publishing Company Blog on Dec 14, 2016

Isaac Newton masterwork becomes most expensive science book sold

First edition of Principia Mathematica, which was published in 1687 and sets out Newton’s laws of motion, raises £3m at auctionA first edition of Sir Isaac Newton’s Principia Mathematica has become the most expensive printed scientific book ever...
by Publishing Company Blog on Dec 14, 2016

Nassim Nicholas Taleb hits out at Chinese printers’ censorship of his book

Author protests after proofs of Afterlife returned with marks indicating that Taiwan should be referred to as part of ChinaThe writer Nassim Nicholas Taleb has blasted Chinese printers with accusations of censorship, after the manuscript for a US edi...
by Publishing Company Blog on Dec 14, 2016

HMRC changes decision over VAT for adult colouring books

The popular colouring books will now remain VAT-free unless they are specifically marketed towards adultsHMRC has announced that it will not impose VAT on most colouring and dot-to-dot books for adults – reversing its plans from earlier this year t...
by Publishing Company Blog on Dec 14, 2016

Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger to be subject of biopic

Film based on Ellen Feldman’s novel about birth control pioneer to be masterminded by Jennifer Lawrence’s production partnerA biopic of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger is in the works after Jennifer Lawrence’s production partner Just...
by Publishing Company Blog on Dec 14, 2016

To Sir, With Love author ER Braithwaite dies aged 104

Author whose autobiographical novel dramatising his time as a black teacher in east London in the 50s had a career that took in social work and diplomacy as well as writingER Braithwaite, the Guyanese author of To Sir, With Love, has died at his home...
by Publishing Company Blog on Dec 14, 2016

Suicide Squad director joins Margot Robbie for female DC villains movie

The actor will reprise Harley Quinn for film-maker David Ayer in Gotham City Sirens, inspired by recent comic on murderous women from Batman’s pastMargot Robbie is set to reprise her role of Harley Quinn for an all-female DC villains movie.Related:...
by Publishing Company Blog on Dec 13, 2016

Democracy sausage: it's Australia's word of 2016, says national dictionary centre

The barbecued snag, bought at a polling booth on election day, beat ‘smashed avo’ and ‘census fail’ to define the yearOxford gave us “post-truth”; Merriam-Webster’s is set to be “fascism”; in Australia, the word of 2016 is “democr...
by Publishing Company Blog on Dec 13, 2016

Shirley Hazzard, internationally acclaimed Australian author, dies at 85

Novelist, who has died in New York, wrote The Transit of Venus and The Great Fire, and won the Miles Franklin prize and the National Book awardShirley Hazzard, the Australian-born author whose 1980 book The Transit of Venus brought her international...
by Publishing Company Blog on Dec 13, 2016


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