Books Weekly News Digest- October 24th 2014

Books Weekly News Digest- October 24th 2014

Enid Blyton’s Magic Faraway Tree Series To Be Adapted For Film

This week, it was revealed that the Enid Blyton’s Magic Faraway Tree books are going to be adapted for film for the very first time. The much-loved stories follow a group of children who discover a magic tree within an enchanted forest. The four books will be adapted into a live action film by director Sam Mendes’ production company; the production company responsible for the West End adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate factory. The four books – The Magic Faraway Tree, The Enchanted Wood, Up the Faraway Tree, and The Folk of the Faraway Tree – were written between 1939 and 1951. Despite being over 60 years old, these books are still extremely popular with children across the globe.

The main characters – Joe, Frannie and Beth – encounter many intriguing characters during their adventures, including Saucepan Man, Moonface and Silky. The books also see them visiting strange-named places, like The Land of Do-As-You-Please and The Land of Topsy-Turvy. The film adaptation deal was signed with publishers Hachette, who in 2012 acquired the Enid Blyton estate of more than 800 short stories and novels. Another one of Blyton’s series is also heading for the big screen: back in July, UK production company Working Title gained the rights to whole 20-title series of The Famous Five. Enid Blyton, who died in 1968, is one of the biggest-selling children’s authors of all time. Her books have sold more than 500 million copies in 40 different languages.

Why not check out our range of Enid Blyton books?

Penguin To Release ‘Pocketbook’ Series In November

Penguin has announced that it will be releasing a Penguin Classics’ ‘Pocketbooks’ collection on the 6th of November. The first ten books to be released will include Sigmund Freud’s Civilization and Its Discontents and Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own. According to the publisher, the pocket-sized books are aimed at the ‘discerning reader,’ with the titles being described as ‘timeless yet urgent works of philosophical, political and psychological thought in tactile, pocket-sized form.’ The books have been designed by Penguin Press senior designer Coralie Bickford-Smith and will be sold for £10 each.

‘Private Lives Of Print’ Exhibition Opens Today

An exhibition exploring the ‘use and abuse’ of early-printed books opens today at Cambridge University Library. ‘Private Lives of Print’ features texts from 1450-1550 and focuses on the ‘marks left’ by early readers. According to the library website, the marks give a glimpse into ‘how these books were used, how and where they moved, their trade, impact and audience.’ One ink-blotted book printed in 1470 features a note from the reader which says, ‘I stupidly made this blot on the first of December 1482.’ All the books contain different markings, from ink-blots and inscribes to scribbles, doodles and drawings.

You can find out more about the exhibition on the Cambridge University Library website.

UK Tops The Chart In Number Of Books Published Per Capita

A new report from the International Publishers Association (IPA) has revealed that the UK publishes more books per capita than any other country in the world. Last year, UK publishers released 184,000 new and revised titles, which equates to 2,875 titles per million inhabitants. This puts the UK a staggering 1,000+ titles in front of Taiwan, which was second place with 1,831 titles. The US was found to publish just 959 titles per million inhabitants in 2013. As a whole, the UK is the world’s third leading publisher, as well as being the highest in Europe.

Former Children’s Bookseller Wins Montegrappa Scholastic Prize For Children’s Writing

Tom Hanks Publishes First-Ever Short Story

This week, world-famous actor Tom Hanks had his first-ever short story published in the New Yorker. Alan Bean Plus Four is the story of a group of friends who set off on a journey around the moon in a spaceship called Alan Bean, which is named after the former NASA astronaut. The friends don’t want to land on the moon; they simply want to make a ‘figure eight’ orbit around it, using 21st century technologies to help them do so.

Have a read of Tom Hanks’ Alan Bean Plus Four short story and tell us what you think!

Which stories were you most interested in this week?