Between the Covers 4/08/2013

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

The Independent on Sunday has three pairs of tickets to give away to the performance of Patrick Ness's exclusive short story, "Now That You've Died", at the Roundhouse theatre in Camden, north London, this Thursday evening. The story is being narrated by the actor Christopher Eccleston and the production is co-directed by Hector Harkness (Punchdrunk) and Kate Hargreaves (Gideon Reeling). Tickets are not available to the public, so this is a rare chance to hear an exclusive work, written especially for Read for RNIB Day at the Sense Stories event, by the brilliant and extremely popular author. The event is about the accessibility of books for blind and partially sighted people. The story is a "journey of the senses", which is about as much as we can say here without giving too much away. There's an exclusive extract from Ness's next book, More Than This (Walker Books, 5 Sept) with his interview here. Enjoy the interview and then send the answer to the following question to sensestories@rnib.org.uk by 23:59 tomorrow (Monday 5 August) to be in with a chance of winning: how many volumes comprise the braille edition of Patrick Ness's Monsters of Men? The RNIB will randomly draw three correct entries and alert the winners on Tuesday morning.

...

Staff at the publisher Canongate are still coming down from the news that their author, Ruth Ozeki, has been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize for her fourth novel, A Tale for the Time Being, in which a character called Ruth finds a Hello Kitty lunchbox on a beach containing the diaries of a young Japanese girl. They're also still coming down after their office summer beach party. Says a very excited publisher: "We celebrated by launching a copy of the book into the sea as per the book's plot – it was even packed in a Hello Kitty lunchbox with a letter from the company!" The source goes on to say: "While I can't guarantee no wine had been consumed, the plan had been formed before then! A few brave souls even swam into the sea with it, to make sure it got away safely. Talk about dedication …."

...

Between the Covers WLTM some of the new "pin-ups" over at The Omnivore. The magazine is more famous for its Hatchet Job of the Year Award, which rewards (with a year's supply of shrimp) "the writer of the angriest, funniest, most trenchant book review of the past 12 months", but now it has turned to the friendlier side of life and seems to be promoting some familiar literary London figures as hot dates. There's Fran, "a beguiling mixture of brains and beauty [who] works in publishing"; Henry, a "dreamy 23-year-old writer and journalist"; and Daisy, "a 26-year-old writer and journalist from Wimbledon". Fall in love at www.theomnivore.com.

...

The President who could do no wrong has done wrong, according to American liberals. Barack Obama gave a speech about jobs on Tuesday, from the Amazon warehouse in Chattanooga. Although he has appeared publicly several times at independent bookshops, this is it for some former fans. "Does President Obama Hate Indie Bookstores?" is Publishers' Weekly's headline (to which, to quote my colleague John Rentoul, the answer is "no").

 

Arts and Entertainment
Characters in the new series are based on real people, say its creators, unlike Arya and Clegane the Dog in ‘Game of Thrones’
tv'The Last Kingdom' embraces politics, religion, warfare, courage, love and loyalty, say creators
Arts and Entertainment
Unless films such as Guardians of the Galaxy, pictured, can buck the trend, this summer could be the first in 13 years that not a single Hollywood blockbuster takes $300m

film
Arts and Entertainment
Miley Cyrus has her magic LSD brain stolen in this crazy video produced with The Flaming Lips

music
News
peopleThe Game of Thrones author said speculation about his health and death was 'offensive'
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
The new film will be shot in the same studios as the Harry Potter films

books
Arts and Entertainment
Duncan Bannatyne left school at 15 and was still penniless at 29

Bannatyne leaves Dragon's Den

TV
Arts and Entertainment
The French economist Thomas Piketty wrote that global inequality has worsened

books
Arts and Entertainment
David Tennant and Benedict Cumberbatch

TV
Arts and Entertainment
Ben Affleck plays a despondent Nick Dunne in David Fincher's 'Gone Girl'

film
Arts and Entertainment
Pete Doherty (L) and Carl Barât look at the scene as people begin to be crushed

music
Arts and Entertainment

tv
Arts and Entertainment
Pete Doherty and Caral Barat of The Libertines performs on stage at British Summer Time Festival at Hyde Park

music
Arts and Entertainment
Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea perform on stage at the Billboard Music Awards 2014

music
Arts and Entertainment

theatre
Arts and Entertainment
Zina Saro-Wiwa

art
Arts and Entertainment
All-new couples 'Come Dine With Me'

TV
Arts and Entertainment

TV
Arts and Entertainment

TV
Arts and Entertainment
Black Sabbath's Ozzy Osbourne
musicReview: BST Hyde Park, London
Arts and Entertainment
Ed Gamble and Amy Hoggart star in Almost Royal burning bright productions
tvTV comedy following British ‘aristos’ is accused of mocking the trusting nature of Americans
Arts and Entertainment
Sassoon threw his Military Cross into the Mersey
booksAn early draft of ‘Atrocities’ shows the anti-war sentiment was toned down before publication
Arts and Entertainment
Actors and technicians on the march against changes made by Hollande
theatreOpening performances of the Avignon theatre festival cancelled as actors and technicians walk out
Arts and Entertainment
Kanye West performed in a chain mail mask at Wireless Festival in Finsbury Park
Rapper booed at Wireless over bizarre rant
Arts and Entertainment

They're back, they're big – and they're still spectacularly boring

film
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
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.

    The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

    The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

    A future Palestine state will have no borders and be an enclave within Israel, surrounded on all sides by Israeli-held territory, says Robert Fisk
    A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: The German people demand an end to the fighting

    A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

    The German people demand an end to the fighting
    New play by Oscar Wilde's grandson reveals what the Irish wit said at his trials

    New play reveals what Oscar Wilde said at trials

    For a century, what Wilde actually said at his trials was a mystery. But the recent discovery of shorthand notes changed that. Now his grandson Merlin Holland has turned them into a play
    Can scientists save the world's sea life from

    Can scientists save our sea life?

    By the end of the century, the only living things left in our oceans could be plankton and jellyfish. Alex Renton meets the scientists who are trying to turn the tide
    Richard III, Trafalgar Studios, review: Martin Freeman gives highly intelligent performance

    Richard III review

    Martin Freeman’s psychotic monarch is big on mockery but wanting in malice
    Hollywood targets Asian audiences as US films enjoy record-breaking run at Chinese box office

    Hollywood targets Asian audiences

    The world's second biggest movie market is fast becoming the Hollywood studios' most crucial
    Grindr founder Joel Simkhai: 'I've found love on my dating app - and my mum keeps trying to hook me up!'

    Grindr founder Joel Simkhai: 'I've found love on my dating app'

    Five years on from its launch and Grindr is the world's most popular dating app for gay men. Its founder Joel Simkhai answers his critics, describes his isolation as a child
    Autocorrect has its uses but it can go rogue with embarrassing results - so is it time to ditch it?

    Is it time to ditch autocorrect?

    Matthew J X Malady persuaded friends to message manually instead, but failed to factor in fat fingers and drunk texting
    10 best girls' summer dresses

    Frock chick: 10 best girls' summer dresses

    Get them ready for the holidays with these cool and pretty options 
    Westminster’s dark secret: Adultery, homosexuality, sadomasochism and abuse of children were all seemingly lumped together

    Westminster’s dark secret

    Adultery, homosexuality, sadomasochism and abuse of children were all seemingly lumped together
    A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: Dulce et decorum est - a life cut short for a poet whose work achieved immortality

    A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

    Dulce et decorum est: a life cut short for a poet whose work achieved immortality
    Google tells popular music website to censor album cover art in 'sexually explicit content' ban

    Naked censorship?

    The strange case of Google, the music website and the nudity take-down requests
    Howzat! 8 best cricket bats

    Howzat! 8 best cricket bats

    As England take on India at Trent Bridge, here is our pick of the high-performing bats to help you up your run-count this summer 
    Brazil vs Germany World Cup 2014 comment: David Luiz falls from leader figure to symbol of national humiliation

    David Luiz falls from leader figure to symbol of national humiliation

    Captain appears to give up as shocking 7-1 World Cup semi-final defeat threatens ramifications in Brazil