Marlon James, a Jamaican novelist of The Book of Night Women, has won this year’s Man Booker Prize for his novel A Brief History of Seven Killings: an account of the attempted assassination of ‘the Singer’ (based on real-life Jamaican music legend Bob Marley) in the civil war-torn West Indies nation in the 1970s. James’s acclaimed work had previously been rejected by multiple publishers before eventually finding success. This was the first year a non-British author was allowed to win the prestigious prize.
In other book news:
Last week Amy Schumer’s memoir (currently provisionally titled The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo) was the target of intense competition by various UK publishers. Ultimately the battle was won by HarperCollins Non-fiction team, who will now publish the book next autumn.
The rights for another new book have also been snapped up this week. The House at Baker Street, a tale in the Sherlock Holmes canon that takes on a case from the point of view of Holmes’s housekeeper Mrs Hudson and Dr Watson’s wife Mary. The novel, by Michelle Birkby, will be published in February 2016.
The new Millennium series novel, written by David Lagercrantz, has been published to wide success. As a result, even more sequels are now being commissioned to follow the story of Lisbeth Salander’s hacker exploits. Lagercrantz will continue to carry the mantle for the franchise with new publications due in 2017 and 2019.
Fans of author Joe Hill, of Horns, Locke & Key and The Heart-Shaped Box fame, have now been treated to the release of a minute-long book trailer for the upcoming novel The Fireman. The trailer sets the tone for what seems to be a story about an epidemic sweeping across humanity, which causes people to spontaneously combust, and the search to locate the one man who can help stop it.
In comic news, Hack/Slash – the story of Cassie Hack, a horror victim who decides to turn the tables and start stalking horror movie murderers – is being adapted for TV. In a reverse situation, the Ice King character from TV’s Adventure Time is going to star in his own comic book short-run series.
The New York-based independent publisher Melville House got into a hilarious Twitter feud with Penguin at the weekend. Starting innocently enough with Penguin amusingly scorning Melville House’s recent hanging of a giant promotional cap outside its headquarters, the two publishers soon started trading jovial yet mocking insults.
When it comes to the world of Harry Potter, everyone has a favourite character, a most memorable line of dialogue and even a preferred book, but now J. K. Rowling has revealed her favourite chapter out of the entire series. Her choice? Chapter 34 from the final book, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, titled ‘The Forest Again’, where Harry, about to come face to face with Voldemort during the Battle of Hogwarts, discovers the Resurrection Stone and meets the ghostly apparitions of his parents and those he has lost.
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