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The first episode of fantasy book adaptation Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell aired last night on BBC One – what did everyone think? Was it faithful to author Susanna Clarke’s best-selling source material? Was it pitch-perfect casting? Were you drawn in to the nineteenth-century world of magic and spell-casting? This was episode one of seven, each to air on Sunday nights at 9pm.
strange-and-norrell-bbcThe BBC are set to adapt another novel by Hilary Mantel, and yet again it is another of her historical fictions: A Place of Greater Safety (published in 1992), set during the French Revolution. The adaptation will be brought to the small screen by the writer of BBC’s Ripper Street.

Laini Taylor, the author of the popular young adult fantasy Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, has now signed a deal to publish a new series of books. The first, The Muse of Nightmares, will be published in autumn 2016.

The Syfy channel have released a trailer for their upcoming television adaptation of Lev Grossman’s best-selling book The Magicians, the first in a trilogy that follows Quentin Coldwater’s magical education at the mysterious, elite Brakebills Academy in New York.

The Desmond Elliott Prize has its three-author shortlist: Emma Healey for Elizabeth is Missing, Carys Bray for A Song for Issy Bradley and Claire Fuller for Our Endless Numbered Days. The prize is worth £10,000 and is awarded to the year’s best debut novel.

John Green is promoting a charity fundraising project for the UK’s Teenage Cancer Trust. The author of A Fault in Our Stars is encouraging teenagers to organise sleepover events on 26 June (tagged with the name ‘Night of Infinities’) in order to raise money for the charity.

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