The big industry news this week is the influx of foreign fiction to UK bookshelves. Increasingly readers are buying translated works of overseas authors, stemming from the trend launched by successful Scandinavian fiction in recent years. The Stieg Larsson effect perhaps. Top sellers in the past year have surprisingly come from international non-English writers, whose sales have surpassed those of domestic authors.
Short but sweet news for all fans of romance/sci-fi/family drama novels: Audrey Niffenegger is publishing a sequel to bestseller The Time Traveler’s Wife. Release date is uncertain at the moment but the author has announced she is currently working on the book.
Kate Atkinson will be publishing a companion novel to the award winning and bestselling Life After Life. The sequel, A God in Ruins, will follow the character Teddy, the younger brother of Life After Life’s protagonist Ursula.
Scandalous novel Lady Chatterley’s Lover is receiving the BBC treatment, with Game of Thrones actor and upcoming Prince Charming Richard Madden set to star. The Borgias’ Holliday Grainger will play the title role.
In comic book news, a near pristine copy of 1938’s Action Comics #1, aka Superman’s debut, has been sold for a whopping $3.2 million on eBay. This is the highest recorded price ever for a comic book sale.
Fans of the latter half of the Potter film series can rejoice, David Yates will be directing the new J. K. Rowling film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
In other Potter news, Rowling published a short biography to her Pottermore site about the witch Celestina Warbeck – a singer who is a minor background presence in the Harry Potter series who was one of Rowling’s favourite ‘off-stage’ characters. The story was written and posted to celebrate Celestina’s birthday: 18August.
An important aspect of any book, however wrong it is to judge one by, is its visual impact. The cover must reflect the content of the book in an appealing yet suitable way; some covers can be works of art. Check out these gorgeous new redesigns for classic novels over at Flavorwire and see what you think. They are part of the Penguin essentials series.