Books Weekly News Digest – March 20th 2015

Books Weekly News Digest – March 20th 2015

Two More Terry Pratchett Books To Be Published This Year

Fans of the late Terry Pratchett will be happy to hear that two more books written by the author will be released this year.

The Shepherd’s Crown will transport readers back to the fantasy universe of Discworld for the very last time, and will feature teenage witch Tiffany Aching. The book, which is the 41st Discworld novel, was announced to fans during a convention last year by Pratchett’s assistant, Rob Wilkins. The author was unable to attend, saying that the Alzheimer’s disease he called an “embuggerance” was “catching up” with him.

Back in February, illustrator Paul Kidby wrote on his blog that he was “enjoying drawing the art for Terry Pratchett’s novel, which will be published in the autumn.” Originally, the book was due to be published in October; however, publisher Transworld released a statement on Wednesday saying that the actual publication date is yet to be confirmed.

The second novel due this year, The Long Utopia, will be the fourth novel in The Long Earth sci-fi series and will be released in June. The book is co-written with Stephen Baxter and is set in a universe of infinite Earths.

A JustGiving page set up in Pratchett’s name shortly after his death has raised over £40,000 for the Research Institute for the Care of Older People (RICE).

Joss Stirling’s Struck Wins Romantic Novel Of The Year Award

Former diplomat Julia Golding has won the Romantic Novel of the Year award for her book, Struck. This is the first time that a YA novel has won the prestigious prize, which is organised by the Romantic Novelists’ Association (RNA).

Golding, writing under the pseudonym Joss Stirling, went head-to-head with five other category winners, taking the top spot and receiving a trophy along with a cheque for £5,000. Describing Struck, judges said it is a “fast-paced novel, full of adventure and danger, as well as a satisfying romance with instant attraction.”

Chairman of the RNA, Pia Fenton, commented that Golding’s win “really highlights the growing appeal” of the YA sub-genre, which has been “embraced by both teenage and adult readers during the last few years.”

Cambridge Literary Festival: April 14-19

The spring Cambridge Literary Festival takes place from April 14-19 this year, with a star-studded line-up that features “writers, thinkers, creators, provocateurs, artists, dreamers and challengers.”

Authors attending the festival include Graham Swift, Ali Smith, S.J Watson, Christobel Kent and Patrick Barkham. This year’s children’s programme is packed with exciting events, including a one-man performance show from Michael Rosen; a talk with The Tiger Who Came to Tea author Judith Kerr; and an appearance from Anthony Horowitz, who will be celebrating the 15th anniversary of his Alex Rider series.

Other guests include artist Maggi Hambling, actress Celia Imrie and stand-up comedian Omid Djalili. For the full list of events, visit the Cambridge Literary Festival website.

Alan Moore’s Jerusalem To Be Published Next Spring

Alan Moore’s heavily-anticipated novel, Jerusalem, is set for publication in spring 2016, it was confirmed earlier this week.

The book focuses on Moore’s hometown of Northampton, with a plot that combines fantasy with historical fiction. The author began penning the book back in 2008 and according to his daughter, finished the draft last September. Fans must brace themselves – it’s going to be a gigantic book, with the draft clocking-up over one million words!

Tony Bennet, at publisher Knockout Comics, described Jerusalem as Moore’s “best work to date, rich and glorious,” adding that the official publication date will be confirmed later this year.

In the meantime, why not check out our Alan Moore range?

New Kickstarter Project To Make ‘Walk-In Books’ For Children

UK-based designer Melanie Smith has launched a Kickstarter project in a bid to raise funds for ‘walk-in books’ for children.

The ‘books’ come in the form of a small suitcase that is packed with characters, story cards, maps and a mask to inspire children to create their own stories. Smith has reached her goal of £7,000, enabling her to produce the first run of 500 ‘Adventure to the Woods’ books, which she will sell for £23 each.

In her pitch, Smith said she wants the books to “encourage children to step away from the screens and to step into their own imagined worlds.”

What do you think of the idea?

Girl Online Sequel To Be Published This November

A sequel to beauty and fashion vlogger Zoella’s first novel, Girl Online, will be published on November 19, it was announced earlier this week.

Girl Online, which hit shelves in December last year, sold a staggering 78,109 copies and became the highest-selling debut book. Few details have been released about the upcoming sequel, though we do know the first book’s main characters – Penny, Noah and Elliot – will be making a return.

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