Books Weekly News Digest – January 30th 2015

Books Weekly News Digest – January 30th 2015

H is for Hawk Named Costa Book Of The Year 2014

Author Helen Macdonald has won the Costa Book of the Year 2014 for her touching memoir, H is for Hawk. Commenting on the award, the author said she was “absolutely thrilled, and surprised and bemused.” The book, which also won the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction, is a personal account of Macdonald’s close relationship with her goshawk, Mabel. The author began training the bird of prey as a way of coping with grief following the death of her father. Novelist Robert Harris, who chaired the panel of judges for the award, commented: “Everybody agreed it was wonderful, muscular, precise, scalpel-like prose. It was a very clever and accomplished piece of writing that wove everything together.”

Macdonald admitted that her work is a “strange book,” adding that she “didn’t think anyone would read it.” The author accepted the £30,000 prize money at a ceremony in London on Tuesday. The 2014 Costa Short Story Award winner was also announced during the ceremony. Zoe Gilbert took the title for Fishskin, Hareskin; a tale about a woman who “attempts to escape her new life as a fishwife by returning to her past and its lost comforts,” Costa website says.

Have you read H is for Hawk? If so, what did you think? Let us know in the comment box below!

Caitlin Moran Confirms More Tour Dates

Following the success of her How to Build a Girl tour, Caitlin Moran has confirmed four more dates for April this year. The ‘How To Build A Girl 2: Oh My God, I Thought Of Some More Things To Say’ tour will celebrate the paperback release of Moran’s book and will take the author to Glasgow, Manchester, London and Cardiff.

Tickets cost £25 and include a pre-signed paperback copy of How to Build a Girl. More information can be found on Caitlin Moran’s website.

Mr Men And Little Miss Books To Be Adapted For Film

Fox Animation, the studio behind the Ice Age franchise, has secured the film rights to Roger Hargreaves’ Mr Men and Little Miss books. The much-loved children’s book series began back in 1971 with Mr Tickle. Hargreaves came up with the idea for the book after his son asked him what a tickle looked like. Over 120 million copies have since been sold, featuring 85 different characters. Shawn Levy, producer of the Night at the Museum, will produce the animated film, though it has not been confirmed who will write or direct it.

Which Little Miss and Mr Men characters would you like to see in the film?

David Walliams Plans School Helicopter Tour For World Book Day

Best-selling children’s author David Walliams will be paying a ‘flying’ visit to five lucky schools as part of his World Book Day 2015 ‘Walliams Whirlwind’ tour. On the 5th of March, Walliams will travel by helicopter to visit primary schools in multiple cities across the UK. He’ll spend around half an hour in each school, where he’ll read from his books, talk to fans and even pose for a few photographs, too.

For more information, and to enter the competition, visit the World of Walliams website. Good luck!

Australian Author Colleen McCullough Dies Aged 77

Australian author Colleen McCullough, whose best-selling novel The Thorn Birds became a hit TV series, has died at the age of 77. McCullough’s health had deteriorated in the past few years; she suffered from crippling arthritis and lost her sight. McCullough penned a total of 25 novels with her first book, Tim, being made into a 1979 film starring Mel Gibson. However, it was her second novel, The Thorn Birds, which became an international hit, selling over 30 million copies worldwide and being adapted into a 1983 mini-series. Her latest work, entitled Bittersweet, was published in 2013. Despite losing her sight, McCullough carried on writing using dictation. Shona Martyn, publishing director at HarperCollins Australia, paid tribute to the author, commenting that she was “one of the first Australian writers to succeed on the world stage.”

Sequel To Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy Arriving This August

Publishers of the late Stieg Larsson’s Millennium crime trilogy announced that a sequel will go on sale from August in at least 35 countries. That Which Does Not Kill was completed in November by fellow Swede David Lagercrantz following the death of Larsson. The sequel will again focus on the life of troubled heroine Lisbeth Salander, who was first introduced to us in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. According to publisher Nordstedts, the Millennium series have sold around 80m copies since they first went on sale in 2005.

Have you read any of the books from the Millennium trilogy?

Which stories were you most interested in this week?