Between the Covers 20/10/2013
Your weekly guide to what's really going on in the world of books
Sunday 20 October 2013
The two most successful literary genres of the past three years have finally met, in the most inevitable literary mash-up of the 21st century. Wolf Bride by Elizabeth Moss is described as “Hilary Mantel meets Sylvia Day”. The first and hopefully last time that those two authors have ever appeared in the same sentence. It is published by Hodder & Stoughton on 7 November.
That means nothing, however, as pretty much everything is published on 7 November. Last week a publisher contacted the IoS asking us to review a book it can’t send us a copy of yet. “Why DO we all publish at the same time?!” he joked. “Well, why do you?” we asked. “I know!!” he replied. We’re still none the wiser as to why almost all books are published on the first Thursday of the month. First one to tell us gets a prize. Maybe even in the form of a book review...
As the former editorial director and managing director of Jonathan Cape, Tom Maschler was a figure greatly admired by the authors in his stable. Years after they worked together, Ian McEwan gave him a walk-on part in his latest novel, Sweet Tooth. McEwan sent Maschler the pages in which he appeared before the book was published and Maschler gave them his blessing. So what does he think of the finished novel? “I still haven’t read it,” he confided at the Man Booker Prize dinner. Maschler is not the only Great Man being ignored by subsequent generations who owe him their existence. Between the Covers has received an advance review copy of the new paperback of Nelson Mandela’s (top) inspiring autobiography Long Walk to Freedom, which is released in January 2014 to tie in with a new film of his life. Just so young readers know who the book is about, it bears a large portrait on its front cover: of Idris Elba, who plays Mandela in the movie.
Badgers are still popular with the book-buying public, in spite of everything. Badgerlands: The Twilight World of Britain’s Most Enigmatic Animal by Patrick Barkham is the fourth best-selling natural history title this week, according to Waterstones. (Two very seasonal books on mushrooms also appear in the Top 10).
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Half of young women unable to ‘locate vagina’ and 65% find it difficult to say the word
- 2 Perez Hilton apologises for Jennifer Lawrence naked photo leak
- 3 A teacher speaks out: 'I'm effectively being forced out of a career that I wanted to love'
- 4 Mexican woman becomes world’s 'oldest person' at 127
- 5 Jennifer Lawrence 'naked sex video' will be leaked threatens 4Chan celebrity photo hacker
Unseen Charlie and the Chocolate Factory chapter deemed 'too subversive' released
Strictly Come Dancing 2014: Gregg Wallace joins Mark Wright, Pixie Lott and Judy Murray in line-up
Doctor Who, Into the Dalek, TV review: Classic sci-fi adventure has blockbuster spectacle
Nicki Minaj suffers wardrobe malfunction during MTV VMAs performance with Ariana Grande and Jessie J
Al Pacino's The Humbling and Manglehorn, film reviews
Rotherham child sex abuse scandal: Labour Home Office to be probed over what Tony Blair's government knew - and when
Robin Williams Emmys tribute led by Billy Crystal criticised for including 'racist' joke about Muslim woman
The Rotherham child abuse scandal is a tale of apologists, misogyny and double standards
What do immigrants really think of Britain? Polish immigrant's Reddit post goes viral
Do you realise just how foolish the UK looks?
With Douglas Carswell joining Ukip, my party has taken another giant step forward