Between the Covers 11/10/2013
Your weekly guide to what's really going on in the world of books
Sunday 13 October 2013
The former Leeds United footballer Robbie Rogers was a much discussed omission from this year’s Pink List, given that he came out as gay earlier this year – making him officially the only gay professional footballer in the British game (although we didn’t know it until he’d left the British game, which probably says a lot about British football). Ultimately, he didn’t make it because he is American and now plays in America.
However, you can read all about him in his new book, Come Out to Play, which has just been bought by Penguin and will be published in late 2014. Rogers says: “Secrets can cause so much internal damage. People love to preach about honesty. Try explaining to your loved ones after 25 years you are gay. Life is only complete when your loved ones know you. When they know your true feelings, when they know who and how you love. Life is simple when your secret is gone. Gone is the pain that lurks in the stomach at work, the pain from avoiding questions, and at last the pain from hiding such a deep secret.”
Meanwhile, two other famous Brits are about to publish new fiction. Definitely fiction. The journalist Andrew Marr has just sold rights to his first novel, called Head of State, which will be “set among the world of politicians and journalists” and published by Fourth Estate in late 2014. He says: “After the last few years, it is often argued that the reality of British politics is so extraordinary and sometimes grotesque that no satirist could come near. I partly agree, but only partly: after 30 years of reporting on the facts, I have turned to fiction to try to yank back a few remaining curtains.” Meanwhile, the Daily Star Sunday columnist, Garry Bushell, is about to publish his third Harry Tyler novel. This time police have spotted a link between a series of vigilante killings and “an outspoken right-wing newspaper columnist”. Crikey.
Colin Firth may be gutted that his character Mark Darcy has been killed off in the latest Bridget Jones novel, but at least he gets a mention in the acknowledgements, where Helen Fielding thanks Firth, and Hugh Grant – but not Renée Zellweger. However, who is the mystery man whose name bears a close resemblance to that of a dashing character in the new novel? V curious.
GlastonburyWI to make debut appearance at Somerset festival
TV reviewIt has taken seven episodes for Game of Thrones season five to hit its stride
FilmPalme d'Or goes to radical and astonishing film that turns conventional thinking about immigrants on its head
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 School kitchen manager 'fired from Colorado school for giving hungry students free lunches'
- 2 California man brutally beat 82-year-old Sikh grandfather he mistook for 'one of those people'
- 3 Amber Peat: Body found in search for missing 13-year-old who left house after argument with her parents
- 4 Gay teenager 'forced to have sex with his own mother' to 'cure' his homosexuality, campaigners in India say
- 5 Charles Kennedy 'had better judgement drunk than many sober politicians' says Ian Hislop
Game of Thrones season 6: George RR Martin doing 'anything he can' to get new book The Winds of Winter out before next HBO series airs
Game of Thrones, Battle of Hardhome: 20-minute Wildlings versus White Walkers battle took a 'solid month' to film
Game of Thrones season 5 episode 9, The Dance of Dragons: Jon Snow returns to The Wall after epic Battle of Hardhome
Touch-screen Teletubbies say hello: Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po are back, now with smart technology
Black Angel: Long lost Star Wars precursor to be made into crowdfunded feature film
Thousands of teenage girls enduring debilitating illnesses after routine school cancer vaccination
Migrants in Kos: Photos show real tragedy after Brits abroad complain of 'awkward' holidays
British tourists complain that impoverished boat migrants are making holidays 'awkward' in Kos
Michael Gove determined to scrap the Human Rights Act – even if Scotland retains it
Threat to scrap Human Rights Act could see UK follow Nazi example, warns UN official
Church of England 'one generation away from extinction' after dramatic loss of followers