Some very exciting books news has been released today! Vintage Books have revealed that the next Bridget Jones novel will be released on 10th October 2013. Titled ‘Bridget Jones: Mad About The Boy’, the novel by Helen Fielding is said to represent a new phase in an older Bridget’s life. Fielding says that “life has moved on” for unlucky-in-love Bridget; she’s still writing her diaries, but has also taken to social media – we’re sure the book will feature some hilarious tweets! Continue reading
On Wednesday 17th April, the shortlist for the Women’s Prize for Fiction was announced. Among the six authors shortlisted were former winners Zadie Smith and Barbara Kingsolver, and unsurprisingly, Hilary Mantel. Named a “staggeringly strong” list by one pundit, the judges face a tough decision before the winner is announced at the Royal Festival Hall on 5th June.
‘Bring Up the Bodies’ by Hilary Mantel
‘Flight Behaviour’ by Barbara Kingsolver
‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette’ by Maria Semple
‘Life After Life’ by Kate Atkinson
‘May We Be Forgiven’ by A M Homes
‘NW’ by Zadie Smith
Some have said that Hilary Mantel has won enough awards, and whilst we don’t agree entirely we do think that it would be great for another author to have their work well and truly recognised. We’ll be reviewing the winning book when it’s announced in June. You can read our review of last year’s winner – ‘The Song of Achilles’ by Madeline Miller – here.
It’s World Poetry Day – a time to appreciate and rediscover one of the finest forms of literature. There’s a poetic style and voice to suit every reader, from the humour of Pam Ayres to the grim beauty of Philip Larkin. We think there is much to be said for a comfy chair, a glass of wine and a good poetry anthology. Lyrical and evocative, one of our favourite poets is Dylan Thomas – and it’s his ‘In My Craft or Sullen Art’ that we think is a very fitting tribute to this literary day.
In My Craft or Sullen Art
By Dylan Thomas
In my craft or sullen art
Exercised in the still night
When only the moon rages
And the lovers lie abed
With all their griefs in their arms,
I labour by singing light
Not for ambition or bread
Or the strut and trade of charms
On the ivory stages
But for the common wages
Of their most secret heart.
Not for the proud man apart
From the raging moon I write
On these spindrift pages
Nor for the towering dead
With their nightingales and psalms
But for the lovers, their arms
Round the griefs of the ages,
Who pay no praise or wages
Nor heed my craft or art.
The Women’s Prize for Fiction, formerly known as the Orange Prize for Fiction, returns for another year. Following Madeline Miller’s success in 2012, the longlist features both acclaimed and relatively unknown authors. With Hilary Mantel’s Booker Award winning novel, ‘Bring up the Bodies’, longlisted alongside books such as ‘Alif the Unseen’ and ‘The Red Book’, the competition is sure to be an unpredictable one. The shortlist of six will be announced on Tuesday 16th April, and the winner on Wednesday 5th June.
Read our review of last year’s winner, ‘The Song of Achilles’ by Madeline Miller, here.
This week it was announced that ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ by New York Times best-selling author John Green, which is currently being adapted to film, has acquired a director. Josh Boone, who recently made his directorial debut, has stated that: “I feel the weight and responsibility to get this right and give his readers and devoted fans as pure a translation as possible … We hope to create a little infinity within this film that fans can revisit over and over.” Continue reading