J. K. Rowling, wearing a grey suit/pink tie ‘Robert suit’, was interviewed by Val McDermid at the recent Theakston’s Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival, where she revealed that her Cormoran Strike book series – under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith – will run on longer than the seven books previously thought. Maybe he’ll be around for a while, like Lee Child’s Jack Reacher (nineteen books and counting). Her third in the series will feature a mystery surrounding ex-servicemen recently released from the military, a prison break on a winged horse and a time-travelling pocket watch . . . well, one of these is true.
At the same festival Belinda Bauer won Novel of the Year for Rubbernecker, about a young medical student with Asperger’s who finds himself needing to solve a possible murder.
Flavorwire have been on a roll recently with their book lists, which are always worth a few minutes of your time, especially with discovering new authors and titles you’ve never heard of before. See here for 50 important ‘fabulist’ books (magic realism/ fantasy) and here for 50 influential cult books.
Cheryl Strayed’s bestselling book Wild now has a trailer for the feature film starring Reese Witherspoon. The memoir follows Strayed’s long and arduous hike across the Pacific Crest Trail after multiple tragedies, including the death of her mother.
Miranda Hart has a new behind the scenes book out in October titled The Best of Miranda. This will include scripts for six of her show’s episodes, with annotations, cast gossip and information about the show’s production process.
Did all you social media savvy lit fans hear that David Mitchell is tweeting a short story? The author of Cloud Atlas is tweeting a 6,000 word story titled ‘The Right Sort’ in the run-up to publication of his new novel The Bone Clocks, out in September. The story is still ongoing, with tweets being posted until 5pm daily at @david_mitchell on twitter.
Finally, the long list for the Man Booker 2014 will be revealed this Wednesday. Are we anxiously anticipating this prestigious award, or have we grown tired of the prize?