The upcoming play by J. K. Rowling, set in her world of wizardry nineteen years after the end of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, will be the ‘eighth story’ in the Harry Potter series. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will follow Albus Potter, the youngest of post-Hogwarts Harry’s three children, and the young boy’s battle with a darkness looming over him. In this story Harry has become an ‘overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic’ and is married to Ginny Weasley. Priority booking for the play will open on 28 October (this Wednesday), while general booking will be extended to all on 30 October.

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Fortunately, the Milk, Neil Gaiman’s children’s book, will be turned into a film with a team-up to get most pop culture fans excited! It is to be directed by Edgar Wright and rumour has it, will star Johnny Depp. The story follows a pair of siblings whose father pops out briefly to grab some milk from the shops, only to return with a far-fetched tale involving aliens, dinosaurs, time travel and more wacky adventures.

The Saltire (Society) Literary Awards has announced its shortlist for two new awards: Fiction Book of the Year and Non-Fiction Book of the Year. In the former category, high-profile authors are in the running; Kate Atkinson, Michael Faber, Irvine Welsh, Janice Galloway, Andrew O’Hagan and Norma Nicleoid have been shortlisted for their novels God in Ruins, The Book of Strange New Things, A Decent Ride, Jellyfish, The Illuminations and Gaelic-language novel An Dosan respectively.

With soon-to-be film awards darling Room about to hit our cinema screens, Irish author and screenwriter Emma Donoghue has now got a new novel in the works, to be published by Picador in September 2016. The Wonder is set in Ireland in the 1850s, and will explore the mystery of a girl named Anna who, despite having stopped eating, continues to stay alive. An English nurse is soon brought in to investigate Anna, and determine the truth behind this: is it a miracle or a fraud?

It’s Halloween week! So avoid the wind, rain and dark, gloomy nights by hiding inside with a good, albeit terrifying, book. Here are some recommendations by Cosmopolitan and Huff Post to get you started, from Shirley Jackson to Jeff VanderMeer and Chuck Palahniuk.

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