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News stories from the book world in April 2006

April 2006

'They're killing literature'

24 April 2006

A recent article in The Australian highlights the problem facing literary fiction writers in Australia. Brian Castro, prize-winning author of six novels, had difficulty in getting his seventh novel, Shanghai Dancing, into print.  Read more

UK book sales grow by 8%

10 April 2006

Recent figures from Book Marketing's annual Books and the Consumer study show encouraging growth in UK book sales of 8% in value in 2005, compared to 3% in 2004. The report, which is based on a rolling questionnaire of 10,000 people aged 17 to 74, estimated that book buyers spent £2.3bn on books in 2005. In adult books the growth of 3% in both volume and value led to sales of 238   Read more

Bologna still focused on fiction

3 April 2006

This year's Bologna Children's Book FairThe Bologna Children's Book Fair or La fiera del libro per ragazzi is the leading professional fair for children's books in the world. came uncomfortably soon after the London Book Fair for the publishers who attended both. Bologna was hot but mercifully uncrowded and a very much more pleasant destination for hard-pressed international publishers than London's ExCel.  Read more