Michael Gove caused a lot of controversy over the bank holiday weekend with his decision as education minister to rejig the GCSE English Literature curriculum. Gove’s new plan removes any non-Brits from the main reading list, replacing classic texts such as John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men and Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird with British authors Charles Dickens and Jane Austen. Though there is nothing wrong with studying those authors, there IS something wrong with reading them at the expense of other equally important writers, and negating the opportunity to offer students a selection of diverse, international reading options.
Retail giant Amazon and publishing powerhouse Hachette have come to blows recently. Now Amazon are deliberately influencing online sales of Hachette books on their website. Removing the ability to buy certain Hachette titles or increasing their prices has been the latest act undertaken by Amazon.
Hassam Blasim, an exiled Iraqi writer, has won the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for short story collection The Iraqi Christ. The stories in the collection deal with modern Iraq.
Harry Potter spin-off film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them could be directed by Oscar-winner and former Potter director Alfonso Cuaron. This is still at the rumour stage, but it’s a pretty exciting rumour for fans of the Gravity and Children of Men visionary.
Lovereading.co.uk have created an infographic titled The Habits of British Book Readers Do you organize your books randomly or colour co-ordinate? See what the rest of us do according to this collection of Brit trivia. Check it out below!