J.K. Rowling publishes fairy tale so children can dream in lockdown

J.K. Rowling published the first chapters of a fairy tale about a monster known as the Ickabog on Tuesday, an allegory about truth and abuse of power that is free online so that children can read it during coronavirus lockdown.The story concerns rumours of a fierce child-eating monster with extraord

May Releases: From Arabic Cult Classics to Dark Fiction

Three compelling May releases will be available next week: The Magnificent Conman of Cairo, by Adel Kamel, translated by Waleed Almusharaf, with a foreword by Naguib Mahfouz (May 3 2020, Hoopoe Fiction) It’s a pleasure to see AUC Press bringing out this 1942 cult classic by Adel Kamel (1916-

Sir Paul McCartney and Dame Emma Thompson write 'love letters' to NHS

"Love letters" to the NHS, written by stars including Sir Paul McCartney and Dame Emma Thompson, are to appear in a new charity book. Dear NHS: 100 Stories to Say Thank You, will also feature contributions by Stephen Fry and Ricky Gervais. The book, which will raise funds for NHS Charities Togethe

Agatha Christie: Her 10 best novels, from Death on the Nile to The ABC Murders

The second and final part of Sarah Phelps’ new version of Agatha Christie’s The Pale Horse screened on Sunday, bringing it to what The Independent called a “satisfying conclusion”. Christie is no stranger to adaptation, and has a stranglehold on the public’s imaginatio

“We Are All Things”: An ode to lost love

CHICAGO - In a room in Cairo, a man sits alone surrounded by items that fill his house. His relationship has just ended and, as he laments, he doesn’t realize that he isn’t the only witness to his latest tragedy. The objects in his house that he interacts with every day but pays little a

Tom Watson to publish debut novel The House – about ‘cold-blooded ambition and betrayal’ in Parliament

Sphere Books, an imprint of publisher Little Brown UK, has announced it will publish the fiction debut of former Labour deputy leader Tom Watson. The book has been hailed by publishing director Ed Wood as “the political thriller of a generation”. It was co-written by author Imogen Rober

What We Are Reading Today: 1491 by Charles C. Mann

In this groundbreaking work of science, history, and archaeology, Charles C. Mann radically alters our understanding of the Americas before the arrival of Columbus in 1492. Contrary to what so many Americans learn in school, the pre-Columbian Indians were not sparsely settled in a pristine wilderne

What We Are Reading Today: The Preacher’s Wife by Kate Bowler

Since the 1970s, an important new figure has appeared on the center stage of American evangelicalism — the celebrity preacher’s wife. Although most evangelical traditions bar women from ordained ministry, many women have carved out unofficial positions of power in their husbands’

Margaret Atwood unveils 'The Testaments': 'The world is moving closer to Gilead, particularly the US'

William Parry It isn’t often that a Canadian author – let alone one publishing a sequel to a dystopian novel – takes London and the UK by storm, with hundreds of fans bearing the cold conditions to be among the first to get their hands on a book and a glimpse of its creator at the

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