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Whats new: 12 February 2018 - What's new 12 February 2018
  • Last week's Harry Potter Book Day led Bloomsbury to release some amazing figures for the series, which have now exceeded 500 million copies sold worldwide. The figures take into account sales across all versions of the seven books in the series, which began with Harry Potter and the...
News Review: Harry Potter - 500 million copies! 12 February 2018

Last week's Harry Potter Book Day led Bloomsbury to release some amazing figures for the series, which have now exceeded 500 million copies sold worldwide. The figures take into account sales across all versions of the seven books in the series, which began with Harry Potter and the...

A couple of years ago, I published an op-ed from Attica prison in the New York Times. A young man wrote me afterward, and we became pen pals. One time, he wanted to send me a book. The problem was, he couldn't simply buy it at a book store and mail it. Nor could he order it for me online. Plus...

If you know any writers, you may know that almost everyone hates their own book at some point. Usually it's between draft 13 and draft 37, when there's no end in sight, and they're questioning everything, from the main character to the font.

For years scholars have debated what inspired William Shakespeare's writings. Now, with the help of software typically used by professors to nab cheating students, two writers have discovered an unpublished manuscript they believe the Bard of Avon consulted to write "King Lear," "Macbeth," "...

Tensions over the decision to allow US authors to enter the Man Booker prize have flared up yet again, with 30 publishers signing a letter urging the prize organisers to reverse the change, or risk a "homogenised literary future".

That said, I tend to think that every writer who reads George Orwell's essay "Why I Write" sees themselves in some part of his description of his early life. "I was somewhat lonely," he tells us, "and I soon developed disagreeable mannerisms which made me unpopular throughout my schooldays.

Between 2008 and 2012, I was a judge for the Eric Gregory award for poets under the age of 30. The prize was founded with the aim of encouraging young poets. Who could possibly object? One person did: a friend of mine in his 60s, who grimaced when he heard I was judging the prize. "Why is all...

There are countless books that purport to teach you how to write. Many of them are good. Some of them are not quite as good. This is the usual way of things. However, I am always most excited to come across a book about writing by an author whose work I already admire.

Commentary: Finding a publisher 5 February 2018

'What you have to remember about the publishing business is that a young editor or small publisher makes a fortune by finding an unknown writer and making the book into a best seller. That is how you get on in the publishing business. And so if you do write something good, they will be crazy...

Whats new: 22 January 2018 - What's new 22 January 2018
  • 'If you want to write, if you want to create, you must be the most sublime fool that God ever turned out and sent rambling. You must write every single day of your life. You must read dreadful dumb books and glorious books, and let them wrestle in beautiful fights inside your head, vulgar...

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