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A new study by mathematicians using statistical analysis has discovered the true protagonist of George R R Martin’s vast ensemble series A Song of Ice and Fire. Is it a character that the series title suggests – the icy region-bound warrior Jon Snow, or the mother of dragons Daenerys Targaryen? In fact, it turns out that Tyrion Lannister is the main character. He’s the character central to the majority of the book series’ relationships, events and important interactions. Following Tyrion is Jon Snow, and third – surprisingly – is Sansa Stark.

The big screen adaptation of Jeff VanderMeer’s Annihilation now has another star to add to its impressive production following Alex Garland coming on as director, and Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson, Gina Rodriguez and Jennifer Jason Leigh being attached for key roles. Oscar Isaac is potentially joining (though in an uncomfirmed role – spoilers!). The book, which follows a team of expeditionary scientists heading to the mysterious Area X to study its unusual, constantly shifting topography and bizarre physics, is the first of the Southern Reach trilogy.

The cinema sequel to the horror classic book and film, The Shining, is inching closer to realisation, as Akiva Goldman has signed on to adapt the Stephen King story based on the novel Doctor Sleep, published in 2013, in which a middle-aged Danny Torrance battles a group of supernatural entities.

A handwritten manuscript of a Sherlock Holmes tale is expected to be sold for a lot of money at an upcoming auction in the US. The manuscript is dated to 1893, in Arthur Conan Doyle’s own script. ‘The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter’ is known as containing the first introduction of Mycroft Holmes.

The longlist for the Desmond Elliott Prize has been revealed, featuring ten debut authors, including Sara Baume (Spill Simmer Falter Wither), among others.

At an event at Boston University last week, the American non-fiction writer Gay Talese caused uproar by responding controversially to questions about female writers. Talese claimed that no female writers were inspirations for him – his reason being that women avoid interactions or involvements with anti-social people (in other words, people typically the subjects of journalistic writing).

Flavorwire have selected a well-thought list of the best books out there for teenagers, reaching from non-fiction titles to magical realism and graphic novels. It is worth flicking through to discover, or rediscover, some important books.

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