Between the Covers 27/10/2013
Your weekly guide to what's really going on in the world of books
Sunday 17 November 2013
Surprising news: there is a novel waiting to get out of Between the Covers, and that novel has written us an email. “Dear aspiring novelist,” it writes. “I’ve been swirling around in the breathtaking labyrinths of your unconscious mind for a while now, and I’m itching to leap into the world. The only way I can come out, though, is if you commit to writing me in November...” The email is a reminder that National Novel Writing Month – where novels including Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants began life – starts on Friday, and that anyone can join in. See nanowrimo.org for details.
There’s nothing that we like more at Between the Covers than a brand new bookish programme on television. (Nothing, that is, except a canvas book bag, but there are only so many of those that anyone can carry). So imagine our delight at the Dave channel’s new Wednesday night fix, Crackanory, which is Jackanory for time-poor adults living in a post-Twitter world. (The stories last only 15 minutes, they’re grown-up and funny, and they’re read by celebrities including Jack Dee, Sally Phillips and Charlie Higson.) The programme was launched last Wednesday with a survey of the UK public which revealed that Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (right) is the “best” book of the century so far, while Katie Price’s Angel (right) is the “worst”, with E L James’s Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy in a close second. We sneaked a preview of this Wednesday’s programme, and one of the stories, read by The Thick of It’s Rebecca Front, is about a struggling writer of “thrillotica” who discovers an unknown Shakespeare play in his attic. Shakespeare “as a writer, is nearly as popular as E L James,” explains the story, which was written before the results of the survey came in, we’re told.
Led by the novelist Keris Stainton, authors have grouped together under the banner “Authors for the Philippines” to raise money for the Red Cross appeal to support people affected by Typhoon Haiyan. Writers, agents, mentors, and publishers are offering goods and services in an online auction, which will end at 8pm on Wednesday. So, for a beautiful, orginal illustration from a children’s book, a professional critique of your first three chapters or submission to an agent, signed books and other memorabilia, a dedication in the next book of your favourite author, or a character named after you (among other prizes), go to http://authorsforphilippines.wordpress.com, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to donate something yourself.
Congratulations to Rob Lloyd Jones, whose Look Inside Space won the Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize on Monday. And well done to the youths from more than 100 schools and groups who chose it as the winner ahead of the enticingly titled Don’t Flush: Lifting the Lid on the Science of Poo and Wee, by Richard Platt, Mary Platt, and John Kelly.
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Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Tunisia hotel attack: Locals form 'human shield' to protect hotel from gunman Seifeddine Rezgui
- 2 Greece crisis: Alexis Tsipras accepts troika bailout proposals with conditions
- 3 German ethics council calls for incest between siblings to be legalised by Government
- 4 French woman dies in freak bungee jumping accident
- 5 Facebook rainbow profile pictures likely being tracked by social network
The Rolling Stones announce biggest ever touring rock exhibition with Saatchi Gallery
Glastonbury 2015: The best bits you missed from Lionel Richie and the Dalai Lama to The Libertines' secret set
Glastonbury 2015: The picture of a man crowd surfing in a wheelchair is brilliant, but it wasn't taken at Glastonbury
Fifty Shades of Grey author EL James' Twitter Q&A didn't exactly go as planned
Guillaume Tell gang-rape scene causes uproar at the Royal Opera House
The moment a Queen's Guard soldier lost it and drew his gun at annoying tourist
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
Greece crisis: The wider lesson is that it’s time to abandon this failed experiment in currencies
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
Pentagon accuses Russia of 'playing with fire' over nuclear threats towards Nato
They are neither a 'state' nor 'Islamic': Why we shouldn't call them Isis, Isil or IS