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jk-rowlingAnother week, another J.K. Rowling announcement. The sequel to the hugely popular novel, The Cuckoo’s Calling, written under the (hastily unveiled) pseudonym Robert Galbraith, is titled The Silkworm. The book is due out late June (24th) this year in hardcover and is about PI Cormoran Strike – such a Potterverse name – investigating the brutal and bizarre murder of a novelist.

The Beats travelled far and wide to have a good time and find their freedom, and the stories of the journeys still inspire countless readers today – Jack Kerouac’s On The Road most of all. But now someone has adapted the famous novel, featuring Dean Moriarty and Sal Paradise, using Google Maps. Gregor Weichbrodt researched Kerouac’s trip and plotted the route for his book On the Road for 17527 miles. Crafting essentially a route planner for the travels of Kerouac and real-life Moriarty, Neal Cassady, this book experimentally turns those 17527 miles into a shrine for the soul-searching generation.

Hilary Mantel has won many a prize in her relatively short literary career; her books are bestsellers, her stories are being adapted for stage and screen to much enthusiasm and anticipation, and now a new honour has been bestowed upon the British author. She is to become the first living writer to have their portrait hung in the British Gallery. Despite the almost ridiculous pomp of this achievement, congratulations are still in order.

Fans of Susan Hill should start quaking in their boots, as a new ghost story by The Woman in Black novelist is due to be published by Profile Books. It is called Printer’s Devil Court and will be on sale from the end of September – perfect for Halloween 2014. The story follows medical students who become involved in shady, unethical experiments in a hospital mortuary.

Stephen King is unstoppable at the moment. He has another new novel coming out this year, titled Revival. The book will be released in November.

According to last year’s library figures, James Patterson novels had the highest lending figure, with Hilary Mantel, J. K. Rowling, Julia Donaldson and others close behind. The most borrowed book, however, was Lee Child’s The Affair, a Jack Reacher novel (the 16th one sequentially) published in 2011.

TotalFilm have produced a comprehensive list of the greatest book to movie adaptations, even including some films I had no idea were adapted from books! TotalFilm

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