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Donna Tartt’s golden year continues

Donna Tartt’s novel, The Goldfinch, reached new heights today after being awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction – one of the top gongs in American literature. Last week, Tartt was shortlisted for the Bailey’s Prize for women’s fiction and prompted named as the bookie’s favourite. Signed copies of The Goldfinch are now seriously in demand. […]

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Adrian Mole author Sue Townsend dies at 68

Sad news yesterday. The death of author Sue Townsend was announced. Townsend, of course, created Adrian Mole. She was 68 and had been left blind after suffering from diabetes. She suffered a stroke in December 2012. The Guardian describes her success and where the idea for Adrian Mole came from – her own experiences. Mole […]

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Bailey’s shortlist for women’s fiction

The shortlist for the UK Women’s Prize for Fiction (once called the Orange Prize but now sponsored by Bailey’s) has been revealed. Eimear McBride, Hannah Kent and Audrey Magee are all contenders with their debut novels. Donna Tartt and Jhumpa Lahiri are the big names, while Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie continues to enhance her […]

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Competition: 2014 York Antiquarian Book Seminar

Are you thinking of becoming a rare bookseller? Or have you just started to sell collectable books? The first York Antiquarian Book Seminar is an educational event held over three days in York in September, 2014 for booksellers, librarians and collectors that offers expert discussion about rare books. This is your opportunity to enter for […]

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Race Rock to In Paradise – a list of Peter Matthiessen’s books

Peter Matthiessen, one of America’s top writers in the past 60 years, died on Saturday at the age of 86. The Guardian carries an obituary. He had been suffering from Leukemia. Born in 1927, Matthiessen is remembered for co-founding The Paris Review literary magazine in the 1950s but he also enjoyed a long writing career […]

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The French medieval saga that inspired Game of Thrones

The BBC writes at length about the cult French novel that inspired George RR Martin to write his Game of Thrones series. Les Rois Maudits (which translated as The Accursed Kings) is a seven-volume series written by Maurice Druon between the 1950s and the 1970s. His novels are set in medieval France and describe the battles […]

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Art Nouveau posters always in style for collectors

Nothing special about posters, right? Well, consider Les Maîtres de L’Affiche – a French art magazine that reproduced the finest Art Nouveau posters being created at the end of the 19th century. A five-volume set of this magazine, featuring 256 posters from 97 artists, leads our list of expensive sales in March. The artists included […]

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Nebuchadnezzar’s stone book goes to auction

Fine Books magazine reports that a Babylonian cuneiform cylinder from the rule of Nebuchadnezzar II is going to be auctioned on April 9 in New York. The clay cylinder is also offered for sale on AbeBooks at just over £1 million. The book/stone details the rebuilding of a temple by Nebuchadnezzar II around 604-562 BC. The cylinder is […]

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George Orwell’s lasting legacy

George Orwell, real name Eric Blair, occupies a special place in 20th century literature thanks to fiction that forces the reader to think. The author (1903-1950) is best remembered for his six novels but also wrote narrative essays, literary reviews and journalistic articles. Orwell’s writing was so pervasive that phrases he coined are still used, […]

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Forty years of Stephen King books

More than 70 titles to his name. A worldwide following. Adored by Hollywood. Admired by fellow authors. It can only be Stephen King and the master of horror is still going strong after all these years. And it began on April 5, 1974 with the publication of Carrie and Stephen has been literary royalty ever […]

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