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Adam Thirlwell: an editor with subversive tendencies

Review: Multiples, Edited by Adam Thirlwell

There's linguistic fun to be had in translating stories backwards and forwards – but will the average reader get the joke?

Amazon dives into the red despite sales lift lift jump

Amazon.co.uk saw soaring sales of Inferno, Dan Brown's latest book, plus evidence of Britain's baby boom in a leap in demand for nappy wipes, but that could not stop the world's biggest online retailer falling to a surprise loss for the last three months.

Bill Gates says people could learn a lot from reading Vaclav Smil’s book

Vaclav who? Bill Gates' plug puts a Smil on the face of obscure author

Canadian professor’s work captured the attention of the  Microsoft boss

Paperback review: The Watchers - A Secret History of the Reign of Elizabeth I

Stephen Alford's fine study begins with an intriguing titbit of counterfactual history: in 1586, Queen Elizabeth I is assassinated, prompting a Spanish invasion after which Protestant England is reconciled to Rome.

Book review: Modernity Britain: Opening the Box, 1957-1959, By David Kynaston

Can this close-up patchwork of social detail explain the forces that moulded postwar history?

J K Rowling said she felt betrayed about her pseudonym being leaked: 'To say that I am disappointed is an understatement.'

JK Rowling 'angry' and 'disappointed' after law firm leaked Robert Galbraith pseudonym

The literary mole hunt to discover who outed superstar author JK Rowling as the creator of a detective novel written under a nom de plume was in danger of turning into a better whodunnit than the book itself.

'The Ghost Riders of Ordebec' by Fred Vargas; 'Alex' by Pierre Lemaitre

Well it is called noir... How French crime writers killed the competition

As the interest in Nordic detectives and killers wanes, publishers are looking across the Channel for the next wave of crime thrillers.

JK Rowling offered her latest work under a pseudonym to other publishers but was rejected

Bookshops clamour for copies of JK Rowling's secret book The Cuckoo's Calling

The book only sold 1,500 copies under Rowling's pseudonym, Robert Galbraith

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JK Rowling offered her latest work under a pseudonym to other publishers but was rejected

'I turned down 'Robert Galbraith'': Editor admits rejecting JK Rowling's secret novel

Celebrated crime writer Val McDermid, who wrote a positive “blurb” for the cover of The Cuckoo’s Calling unaware it was a Rowling work

Book launch: For publication day, Atwood will sail to the UK aboard the Queen Mary 2

Heads Up: MaddAddam

Back to the future: Margaret Atwood speculates once more

Richard Leakey's Wildlife Wars: My Fight to Save Africa's Natural Treasures has been optioned for the big screen

Screen Talk: Hero's tale comes out of Africa

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Fifty Shades of Grey and JK Rowling's The Casual Vacancy are all too putdownable

Just over 15 per cent abandon a book before 50 pages

Mothers returning to work with young children often felt particularly bad about resorting to ready-made meals

Mums’ kitchen nightmares: Not cooking creates feelings of guilt

‘Out of touch’ television chefs contributing to stress for working mothers with no time

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Matt-touch book covers: a feast for your fingers

Are you a fondler? Or do you keep your hands to yourself in a bookshop? The question is seen as a vital one for publishers keen to preserve the traditional paper book. Why? Because a tactile, finger-friendly cover can often mean the difference between a strong seller and one that bombs at the tills, or so the thinking goes.

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