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HBO’s True Detective Series Revives Interest in 120 Year Old Book

HBO’s True Detective crime series, starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, has sparked interest in a rather forgotten collection of short horror stories published in 1895, reports the Daily Telegraph. The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers is one the hottest titles in North America right now, thanks to several obscure literary references in […]

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Look out BBC TV: Here Comes Rowling’s Casual Vacancy

The boy wizard might be grown and gone now, but Harry Potter’s creator is showing no sign of fading into obscurity any time soon. As reported yesterday by the BBC, J.K. Rowling’s latest novel (this one written for adults) The Casual Vacancy is set to become a BBC television drama. The novel tells the story […]

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Neil Gaiman to join The Simpsons

This Sunday’s episode of The Simpsons will feature Neil Gaiman himself as a character. Apparently Neil and Homer team up to group-write the latest tween lit hit and, of course, shenanigans ensue.

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American Gods coming to the small screen

Neil Gaiman is to adapt his novel American Gods into TV series for HBO. Speaking at Edinburgh international book festival, he said: “I got the email yesterday saying that the final contractual tos and fros have been sorted out and I should be free within a couple of weeks to start writing.” The Guardian has […]

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Terry Pratchett starts process to end his own life

Sir Terry Pratchett was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2008 and is now been reporting that he has started the formal process which could lead to his assisted suicide at a clinic in Switzerland. He has been sent the consent forms requesting a suicide by the clinic, and claims that he planned to sign them […]

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End of the Oprah era

The publishing world is mourning the end of the Oprah TV show – the final episode is broadcast today. The NY Times reports. I went to college in 1986 and can remember the Oprah show quickly becoming an established part of day-time TV, especially for a bunch of lazy students with nothing better to do. […]

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South Riding by Winifred Holtby gets second life with BBC series

South Riding by Winifred Holtby was first published, posthumously, in 1936. The story is about a young headmistress living in a fictional Yorkshire neighbourhood; and the book itself has lived a fairly innocuous life in the midlist for over half a century until last week when Andrew Davies three part mini-series began to air on […]

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Lisa Simpson Book Club

I recommend visiting the Lisa Simpson Book Club and catching up on all those literary references and gags from The Simpsons. “Well, I think we should invest in a set of The Great Books Of Western Civilization. Look at this ad from The New Republic For Kids: Each month, a new classic will be delivered […]

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The Strongest Link: Anne Robinson’s new book show

Anne Robinson, the mistress of the killer put-down and one of Fleet Street’s most famous reformed drunks, is to front the BBC’s new flagship book show. Famous for presenting The Weakest Link, her new bookish chatshow will be a bit like Desert Island Discs (note to non-Brits, a famous person turns up and picks their […]

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Portlandia: Did you read?

Lots of buzz about the latest sitcom in the US – Portlandia, which rips apart Oregon’s haven for liberal, eco-friendly, coffee-loving, vegan, do-gooding, left-wing types. NPR toured Portland and gave its impression of the city. I believe the two main characters run a feminist bookstore but aren’t interested in selling books – sounds like Black […]

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