Books Weekly News Digest – January 16th 2015

Books Weekly News Digest – January 16th 2015

David Walliams Becomes One Of UK’s Bestselling Children’s Authors

Comedian-cum-writer David Walliams has become one of the UK’s bestselling children’s authors after his book, Awful Auntie, became the biggest children’s title of 2014, with over half a million copies flying off the shelves. Walliams, whose other popular titles include Gangsta Granny, Ratburger and Billionaire Boy, earned more than £7 million last year from book sales alone. Walliams took to children’s writing back in 2008 and has had some of his books adapted for TV, including The Boy in the Dress which aired over Christmas. Figures published by the Bookseller revealed that sales of children’s books have grown by 10% in the last year. The overall bestselling book of 2014 was John Green’s The Fault in our Stars, which sold over 870,000 copies.

And in other David Walliams-related news, the writer will be publishing an exclusive illustrated children’s book for Comic Relief this year, with all proceeds going to the charity. The book, titled The Queen’s Orang-Utan, is illustrated by Tony Ross, who has worked with Walliams on many of his bestselling titles. An audio version of the book will be released the on the 12th of March, the day before Red Nose Day, and will feature comedians Rob Brydon and Miranda Hart.

You can find all of David Walliams’ bestselling titles on our online store. Take a look!

David Harsent Wins TS Eliot Prize For Poetry

Creative writing professor David Harsent is the winner of the 2014 TS Eliot Prize for his poetry collection, Fire Songs. The collection explores themes such as torture, war and martyrdom, with judges describing Harsent as “a poet for dark and dangerous days.” The writer, who has penned crime novels and final episodes for ITV’s The Bill, has been nominated for the award five separate times since 1998, with this being his first win. Harsent collected his £20,000 prize money during an award ceremony held at London’s Wallace Collection Museum earlier this week.

You can pick up your copy of Fire Songs from our online store.

Gillian Flynn Considers Gone Girl Sequel

Earlier this week, Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn said that she is considering writing a sequel to her bestselling novel. Speaking at an event in LA, Flynn said that if she was to write another novel, she would want the film’s original cast – including Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike and director David Fincher – to be a part of it. “There could be a sequel at some point if everyone is game to get the gang back together, it could be really fun a few years from now,” the writer commented.

…watch this space!!

New Fan Fiction Category For Wicked Young Writers’ Award

The 2015 Wicked Young Writers’ Award opened for entries earlier this week with a brand new fan fiction category. Aimed at ages 14-25, the new ‘Sugarscape Fan Fiction Award’ invites writers to submit a piece of fiction that is inspired by a real person, a character, another piece of writing or a film. The word limit is 750 words and all submissions have to be made through teen website Sugarscape, which helped to create the award.

The Wicked Young Writers’ Award was set up in 2010 by the production team behind the highly-acclaimed musical. The award is split into five categories: 5-7 years old, 8-10, 11-14, 15-17 and 18-25. Entrants are asked to submit an original piece of writing in the form of a story or poem. The top 100 entrants will see their works published in the Wicked Young Writers’ Award Anthology and will attend a ceremony at the Apollo Victoria Theatre in July. Overall winners from each category will be receive a £50 book token, £100 worth of books for their school library, and a VIP family experience to Wicked London, where they will get to go backstage and meet the cast.

You can find more information on the Wicked Young Writers’ Award website.

New David Mitchell Novel To Be Published In October

It was revealed earlier this week that Cloud Atlas author David Mitchell will be publishing his seventh novel, Slade House, later this year. Mitchell’s novel started as a short story published on Twitter, called The Right Sort. The story originally comprised of a collection of 280 tweets; however, according to publisher Sceptre, the story kept growing and soon acquired a ‘life of its own,’ with scenes growing and ‘breeding’ even more scenes. The original short story will become the first part of Slade House, which is due to be published this October.

Fungus The Bogeyman To Be Adapted For TV

Raymond Briggs’ popular children’s book, Fungus the Bogeyman, will be adapted into a four-part television series by Sky. The TV series will be a mix of animation and live action and will air as part of Sky1’s Christmas 2015 schedule. The episodes will be written by Tom MacRae, who has in the past penned episodes for Doctor Who. The book was originally published in 1977 and previously adapted by the BBC in a three-part series that starred Fay Ripley and Martin Clunes.

Which stories were you most interested in this week?