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J K Rowling has posted her own rejection letters online in a show of support for all budding authors who have faced backlash from publishers themselves. When using the (then) anonymous pseudonym Robert Galbraith for the manuscript version of The Cuckoo’s Calling, Rowling received multiple letters of rejection from publishers – some stating that the book would not be a commercial success, and that she (Galbraith) should consider writing courses.

In other book news:

Joanna Cannon, a psychiatrist who works for the NHS, has struck a deal to turn her debut novel into a television drama. The Trouble with Goats and Sheep is partially inspired by Cannon’s own experiences with patients.

Sherlock, the BBC drama series, is coming to fans in a brand new format – manga. Followers of the long-running Arthur Conan Doyle (by way of Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss) characters will be able to read of their exploits in Japanese manga form, now that it is being translated for English-language readers for the first time.

Charity shops in the UK have long been complaining about the abundance of one book in particular being left on their doorstops. Fifty Shades of Grey has been a problem for a while now – and not simply because of the sheer volume of books being abandoned at second-hand booksellers premises, but because the books’ covers are non-recyclable. In recent news however, an Oxfam shop in Swansea has been inundated with a large number of the former best-selling series, and has had to make a public plea to locals to stop bringing copies in.

Now that the long bank holiday weekend has sadly come to an end, it’s back to work for many of us, so why not face that responsibility by reading about a selection of great escapist novels (posted yesterday at Flavorwire).

It’s time again for the Sunday Times EFG short story award, and six writers are in the running. The shortlist for the award – which grants the world’s largest prize money for short story writing (in this case, of up to 6,000 words) – includes Edith Pearlman, Petina Gappah, Nicholas Ruddock, Jonathan Tel, Alix Christie and Colum McCann.

The British Science Fiction Association awarded prizes over the bank holiday weekend. The French author Aliette de Bodard won two: Best Novel and Best Short Story. This is the first time such a double win has occurred.

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