Between the covers: 03/02/2013

Your weekly guide to what's really going on inside the world of books

* News from our mole at the Jaipur Literature Festival: the Booker-winning novelist and Independent columnist Howard Jacobson was mobbed by teenage girls. Jacobson appeared in several events, talking about "The Novel of the Future" and "The Jewish Novel" as well as starring in sessions about his own work. And how does he feel about being the Justin Bieber of Indian letters? Really touched, he told us. "One girl could recite the last line of The Finkler Question. India is where real reading is happening."

...

Congratulations to Jojo Moyes, another stellar author who used to write for The Independent. MGM has bought the film rights to her last but one book, Me Before You, and is planning to make a movie with Moyes as script consultant. "Jojo's book is frankly one of the most unique, emotional and engaging love stories written in recent years," said the company's president, Jonathan Glickman. The news came out at the Costa Prize party on Tuesday evening, at Quaglino's in London, which by coincidence was full of actors. Did Moyes spot anyone who might play Will, a man who has to use a wheelchair following an accident, and Lou, who becomes his carer? Gary Kemp? Sophie Ward? Maureen Lipman? Helen Lederer? Patricia Hodge? Jenny Agutter? Maybe not …

...

This season's most fashionable literary canapé is the cheese straw, we can reveal. They first appeared at the Orange Prize last summer, and were liberally distributed around the Costa Prize this week. There's even a recipe for them in Mary Berry's Baking Bible (BBC Books, £25).

...

Another Indy writer appears in a new anthology of ghost stories whose profits will be used to support a children's home in India. Christopher Fowler, the IoS's "Invisible Ink" columnist, is one of 14 authors who have contributed stories to Dark World, which is published by Tartarus Press and edited by a 17-year-old A-level student, Timothy Parker Russell. He will be visiting the Amala Children's Home in Tamil Nadu in July 2013, and has produced the paperback to raise funds for its work. "There is an intriguing story from Jayaprakash Satyamurthy set in Bangalore and Dubai," he says, "and a beautiful tale from Fowler about an Indian palace. In Reggie Oliver's 'Come into My Parlour', horrors are closer to home, while Stephen Holman locates his unsettling story in a Los Angeles arts academy." Next up, Timothy is off to study English at university. The book is available from www.tartaruspress.com at £14.95.

...

The venerable publisher Random House caused a Twitter storm last weekend (like a storm in a teacup, but quicker), when an employee used its account to tweet: "I step in the Random House building like I'm the shit / tell 'em gimme 50k Announced First Print – or I'ma quit." It was the new boss of social media at parent company Knopf, who is a fan of the lyrics of Kanye West. "We're still getting a feel for what works and what's fun on Knopf socials," he explained.

Suggested Topics
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment

ebooksAn evocation of the conflict through the eyes of those who lived through it
Arts and Entertainment

ebooks
Independent
Travel Shop
the manor
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on city breaks Find out more
santorini
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on chic beach resorts Find out more
sardina foodie
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on country retreats Find out more
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

ES Rentals

    Independent Dating
    and  

    By clicking 'Search' you
    are agreeing to our
    Terms of Use.

    Save the Tiger: Meet the hunters tasked with protecting Russia's rare Amur tiger

    Hunters protect Russia's rare Amur tiger

    In an unusual move, wildlife charities have enlisted those who kill animals to help save them. Oliver Poole travels to Siberia to investigate
    Transfers: How has your club fared in summer sales?

    How has your club fared in summer sales?

    Who have bagged the bargain buys and who have landed the giant turkeys
    Warwick Davis: The British actor on Ricky Gervais, how the Harry Potter set became his office, and why he'd like to play a spy

    'I'm a realist; I know how hard this business is'

    Warwick Davis on Ricky Gervais, Harry Potter and his perfect role
    The best swim shorts for men: Bag yourself the perfect pair and make a splash this summer

    The best swim shorts for men

    Bag yourself the perfect pair and make a splash this summer
    Has Ukip’s Glastonbury branch really been possessed by the devil?

    Has Ukip’s Glastonbury branch really been possessed by the devil?

    Meet the couple blamed for bringing Lucifer into local politics
    Dress the Gaza situation up all you like, but the truth hurts

    Robert Fisk on Gaza conflict

    Dress the situation up all you like, but the truth hurts
    Save the tiger: Tiger, tiger burning less brightly as numbers plummet

    Tiger, tiger burning less brightly

    When William Blake wrote his famous poem there were probably more than 100,000 tigers in the wild. These days they probably number around 3,200
    5 News's Andy Bell retraces his grandfather's steps on the First World War battlefields

    In grandfather's footsteps

    5 News's political editor Andy Bell only knows his grandfather from the compelling diary he kept during WWI. But when he returned to the killing fields where Edwin Vaughan suffered so much, his ancestor came to life
    Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart reveals she has flying robot ... to take photos of her farm

    Martha Stewart has flying robot

    The lifestyle guru used the drone to get a bird's eye view her 153-acre farm in Bedford, New York
    Former Labour minister Meg Hillier has demanded 'pootling lanes' for women cyclists

    Do women cyclists need 'pootling lanes'?

    Simon Usborne (who's more of a hurtler) explains why winning the space race is key to happy riding
    A tale of two presidents: George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story

    A tale of two presidents

    George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story
    Restaurateur Mitch Tonks has given the Great Western Pullman dining car a makeover

    The dining car makes a comeback

    Restaurateur Mitch Tonks has given the Great Western Pullman dining car a makeover
    Gallery rage: How are institutions tackling the discomfort of overcrowding this summer?

    Gallery rage

    How are institutions tackling the discomfort of overcrowding this summer?
    Louis van Gaal has £500,000 video surveillance system installed to monitor Manchester United players

    Eye on the prize

    Louis van Gaal has £500,000 video surveillance system installed to monitor Manchester United players
    Women's rugby: Tamara Taylor adds fuel to the ire in quest to land World Cup

    Women's rugby

    Tamara Taylor adds fuel to the ire in quest to land World Cup