That’s it. December is here; November is over. NaNoWriMo has finished. Put your pens down and your typewriters away. Did you achieve the 50,000 word limit?

Neil Gaiman appeared on Twitter on 27 November to announce some very exciting news for book and radio fans. The radio play of his novel Good Omens will begin on 22 December, available to listen to on BBC Radio 4. The story will continue over 6 days, ending on Boxing Day. If you fancy getting even more excited, here’s the cast list: Merlin’s Colin Morgan, comedic actor Peter Serafinowicz, former Gaiman collaborator Paterson Joseph (in the Neverwhere TV adaptation of 1996) and the amazing Mark Heap (Spaced, Green Wing, Jim of Friday Night Dinner fame).
good-omens-book-coverP. D. James, British crime thriller author and one of the most important writers of the modern detective novel, died last week at the age of 94. James was a beloved novelist, whose most recent work was the Pride and Prejudice ‘sequel’ Death Comes to Pemberley (2011). Her other novels include the dystopian Children of Men, which became a successful film directed by Alfonso Cuaron.

In a list of Hollywood’s most powerful – aka bankable – authors, J. K. Rowling has come out on top. The British writer is followed, in order, by Stephen King, George R.R. Martin, E. L. James, John Green, Nicholas Sparks, Gillian Flynn, James Patterson, Michael Lewis and Laura Hillenbrand – who wrote the nonfiction book Unbroken (2010), which is the basis for this year’s awards contender war film of the same name directed by Angelina Jolie.

Irish author Colin Barrett has won the Guardian First Book Award for Young Skins, a short story collection. He was awarded £10,000 for his collection of tales about people growing up in a rural Irish town.

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