We know there’s a graphic novel sequel just around the corner, but a rock opera? Chuck Palahniuk has announced that he is working on such an adaptation for Fight Club, and none other than Julie Taymor (of film and theatre fame, from Spider Man: Turn Off the Dark to her film direction in Across the Universe and The Tempest) is signed on for the project. Trent Reznor, acclaimed musician and composer of all your favourite Fincher films, is on board too.
Go Set a Watchman started off with a staggering number of sales, topping 105,000 in the UK alone (in one day!). However, the publisher has had to recall some copies of the novel due to a printing mistake in some early editions – on a number of pages near the end of the book, a few lines of text have been accidentally omitted.
Another upcoming new release that has everyone holding their breath in anticipation is David Lagercrantz’s continuation of the Millennium trilogy by Steig Larsson, That Which Doesn’t Kill Us. However, like Harper Lee’s new release, this book is also already facing some premature backlash, with concerns that the publisher is just crafting a follow-up story for its own financial gain, and the fact that Lagercrantz’s family’s background puts him at odds with Larsson’s entire reason for writing. With no advance copies to be made available to reviewers, we’ll have to wait and see how successful, or faithful to the original series, this is going to be.
Amazon has managed to break sales records during its much-publicised Prime Day. Apparently the retail giant accumulated approximately 398 orders per second across the countries taking part in the discount day. One of its literary successes was the Lord of the Rings trilogy, of which 56,000 ebook copies were sold on 15 July. Amazon’s marketing stunt to get more people signing up for their Prime membership (and to celebrate its twentieth anniversary) was clearly a resounding success.
Someone Else’s Skin, the debut novel by Sarah Hilary, has won the Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the Year Award, winning out over five other shortlisted titles. Former high-profile winners of this £3,000 prize are P D James, Colin Dexter and Ruth Rendell.
The Harry Potter bandwagon just keeps on churning, and it looks like readers’ journeys on the Hogwarts Express will never end. Bloomsbury will be publishing a ‘deluxe’, illustrated edition at the hefty price of £150, which will go on sale alongside the alternative £30 illustrated version. The deluxe edition will contain a pull-out illustration of Diagon Alley, have its own case, a cloth cover, gilt edges and ribbon markers. In other words, the perfect present for any long-time Potter fan.