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The big news over the past weekend in the UK was, of course, the EU Referendum decision. In the aftermath, authors have come forward to give their views on the Brexit outcome, notably JK Rowling, who took to Twitter to express her disappointment with the result and distress at the racially motivated actions that have since taken place across England.

Philip Pullman, another well-loved children’s author, criticised the government’s choice to call the referendum in the first place – an act of ‘raucous populism’ with no place in a parliamentary democracy of the twenty-first century – while also speaking out against Boris Johnson as an ‘idle buffoon’.

In other book news:

British queen of the stage and screen, Judi Dench, will play Queen Victoria in an adaptation of the book Victoria & Abdul, which follows the queen’s relationship with her aide Abdul Karim in the nineteenth century.

The Steven Spielberg adaptation of Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One has added a new cast member. British actress Hannah John-Kamen (currently starring in the Syfy channel’s Killjoys). The two leads were cast a few months back (Tye Sheridan and Olivia Cooke), so it is as yet unconfirmed which role John-Kamen has taken.

Lisa McInerney has won another major prize for her novel The Glorious Heresies. She won the Desmond Elliott Prize for Fiction for her debut work.

Last week, Netflix and Canada’s CBC network announced a team up to bring Alias Grace, Margaret Atwood’s novel about the real-life killer Grace Marks, sentenced to life in prison for murdering her employer in 1843, to the small screen in a six-hour miniseries. Sarah Polley wrote the script for the show.

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