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Whats new: 23 April 2018 - What's new 23 April 2018
  • 'For a long time, probably since 1988 when The Silence of the Lambs was published, the crime market was dominated by books about serial killers. I like a good serial-killer thriller, but, probably happily, I do not have one in me. Then Gone Girl changed the game.

"I see them as kind of a great white shark. You don't really want to mess with them." The words are those of a former manager at Amazon - and she is describing her former employer.

It is an apt analogy. Amazon is huge - worth $740bn (£530bn) at Monday night's share price - but it moves...

In a groundbreaking study of more than two million books published in North America between 2002 and 2012, scholars found that books by women authors are priced 45% less than those of their male counterparts.

When Hanya Yanagihara was 10 years old, her father let her visit a pathologist's lab. He was a doctor and an artist, twin interests his young daughter shared so that when the pathologist opened the cadaver, she whipped out a sketch pad and started to draw.

What makes a writer? How do you become one? When I was younger, even asking those questions seemed to disqualify me: a writer isn't something one becomes, I thought, a writer just is. Despite writing, rewriting and reading all through my 20s, I was no closer to completing, let alone publishing,...

Five years ago, I decided that it was time to write my first book. It was the story of how a single dad of five led his kids, his business and himself from disaster to success. At that time, I hadn't written even a single word on the topic. Writing a book seemed like an overwhelming task and I...

The theme of the day seemed to be ‘publishers can and must do more with digital' - whether through integrating it deeper into their business or simply realising that is where their audiences are spending most of their time. Competitor number one isn't another book, it's every other way a...

The thing I love about book fairs is that I am obliged to talk about my books and authors for a week to everyone I see, all the time.

Commentary: From crime editor to crime writer 23 April 2018

‘I think one of the reasons I was attracted to Highsmith is that most crime fiction is morally educative: morals will be upheld, justice will be doled out, wrongdoers will be caught and punished. But that did not happen with Tom Ripley and it fascinated me to see this character get away with...

Whats new: 16 April 2018 - What's new 16 April 2018
  • ‘When times are stressful and it looks like the bad is winning out over the good, along comes the genre of crime novels to put the balance back in life.
News Review: Poetry sales boom 16 April 2018

There's good news in Bookbrunch about poetry sales coming from the UK, the market is up two-thirds since 2012. A 66% increase in poetry sales over the past five years has led to a million poetry books being sold with a total value of £1.1m. There has been a boom in poetry events and festivals,...

Some books make little impression, others earn our respect. And others again make us greedy not just to read but to own them and return to them time and again. Enitharmon's aptly titled The Heart's Granary belongs to this last group.

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