Books: Cover Stories
Saturday 24 October 1998
SINCE STUART Proffitt stomped out of HarperCollins over the Chris Patten affair and fetched up at Penguin, everyone has been anxiously awaiting his first acquisitions. (The only project known to be on his desk is Charles Moore's biography of the blessed Margaret, but that's not due to be published until she has been well and truly kicked upstairs.) This week brought word that he has acquired the pensees of George Walden, the former Conservative member for Buckingham and a former chairman of the Booker judges. His published canon includes a book on ethics and foreign policy and another on education.
ALAN CLARK, the member for Kensington and Chelsea who (lust aside) usually has more time for animals than people, is turning out in a good cause next Tuesday. He will launch Voices, a double cassette of readings by local celebrities in aid of the Kensington & Chelsea Talking Newspaper, celebrating its 10th anniversary. Voices includes John Cleese reading from G K Chesterton, Diana Rigg from Elizabeth Jane Howard, P D James from her own work, and Hugh Whitemore from Paddington. Everyone has given their talents for free and Lord Puttnam describes the anthology (Polygram OutLoud, pounds 7.99) as having "a cast in a million".
LOOK OUT soon for the British debut of Quist books for children. Launched in the US by the leather-clad Harlin Quist, who arrived in New York 50 years ago with $20 and two suitcases, his picture books have won numerous awards and are said to have revolutionised children's publishing. Inaugural titles here include Bus 24 and The Geranium on the Windowsill Just Died.
GOOD NEWS amid the bad for Richard Cohen. The eponymous independent admitted defeat last week, having lost pounds 500,000 of his own money. But Metro Books, another independent run by ex-Faberite Susanne McDadd, is taking on both Cohen and his list, including Al Alvarez's autobiography Where Did It All Go Right? Interesting question.
Review: Of Mice and Men
By opportunistic local hoping to exhibit the work
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What do gigantic horse heads tell us about Falkirk?
Finnish Postal Service praises the 'self irony and humour' of the drawings
The actor has confessed to his own insecurities
Allotments are the focus of a new reality show
Arts & Ents blogs
The food poverty scandal that shames Britain: Nearly 1m people rely on handouts to eat – and benefit reforms may be to blame
Scottish independence: It is the English who should be on their knees, begging the Scots to vote ‘No’
Nigel Farage fatigue? Half of voters ‘immune’ to Ukip’s appeal
'Sinful': Video of British Muslims dancing to Pharrell Williams's hit Happy comes under attack
Nigel Farage: I’m taking on the status quo, and the Establishment’s fighting back
Refugee facing deportation from Sweden saved by fellow passengers refusing to let plane leave
- 1 'Natural' energy drink banned for containing erectile dysfunction drug
- 2 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 3 Dylan Tombides: West Ham confirm 20-year-old striker has died after battle with cancer
- 4 Loch Ness Monster found on Apple Maps?
- 5 Angus Steakhouse: How does tourist staple continue to thrive in today's gourmet market?