Ian Fleming’s greatest creation – James Bond – is to continue its literary longevity with a new novel, to be penned by Anthony Horowitz. The novel this time will focus on Bond participating in Formula 1 racing at the German Nürburgring circuit in a ploy to take down some Russian criminals. If this story sounds like classic Bond-era, aka high-level ridiculousness and cars, cars, cars, it’s because it is going to be adapted from an unpublished draft by Fleming in the 1950s. Murder on Wheels will be published September 2015.
Lena Dunham’s new memoir continues to be experimenting with the idea of a modern writer, as Dunham has arranged an original way of promoting her book tour. The eleven-city U.S. tour for Not that Kind of Girl began on 30th September in New York City, and included Carrie Brownstein (Portlandia), award-winning British author Zadie Smith, food trucks, poetry and live music: like a roving carnival of literary, hipster-ish delights, with, in Dunham’s own words, ‘special weirdos’ accompanying her (creative individuals and groups chosen from video auditions sent in to Dunham’s website).
This week is a big deal for booksellers in the UK. Or, more specifically, Thursday is set to be a massive day for book sales. Nicknamed ‘Super Thursday’, this week sees the release of a number of hotly-anticipated new hardback titles, all set for Christmas bestseller status . . . in the early weeks of October. Heston Blumenthal is releasing a new book, along with John Cleese, Great British Bake Off’s Paul Hollywood and Jacqueline Wilson is publishing her 100th(!) book Opal Plumstead.
Nicholas Sparks, author of saccharine and tragic romance stories ubiquitous on bookshelves and cinema screens (i.e. The Notebook), has been accused of racism and homophobia. A former colleague from the author’s privately-run school in North Carolina, U.S., has come out with a few worrying remarks about Sparks in a lawsuit. Sparks is alleged to have frequently expressed discriminatory views against LGBT, African-American and non-Christian individuals, and to have harassed the accuser (the school’s headteacher) when he came forward to criticize the author’s actions.
The BBC National Short Story award announced its winner last week. Lionel Shriver (We Need To Talk About Kevin) won for her story ‘Kilifi Creek’, beating out runner-up Zadie Smith for her story ‘Miss Adele Amidst the Corsets’.