J.K. Rowling’s Robert Galbraith novel The Cuckoo’s Calling is to be adapted for television by the BBC. This special announcement was revealed by J. K. herself this week on Twitter. Having not yet read her Cormoran Strike novel, I’m not sure whether or not to be excited, but considering the book’s bestseller status I’m sure plenty of you out there are.
Rowling has also posted a new (short) story on Pottermore, focusing on Professor Severus Snape. To access it, readers have to solve a riddle. The story itself is only a few paragraphs long, set in the town of Cokeworth, where Lily Potter and Snape grew up.
What were the best book covers of the year? Well the New York Times has had a go at selecting their favourites (although the American covers may not match our ones in the UK). Focusing on the designers themselves, this is a short but interesting list, perfect for when you do secretly just feel like judging books by their covers. Thankfully all these choices are beautiful.
Last week I linked to the Guardian’s ‘best of’ fiction list, but failed to include their top Graphic Novels of 2014, which is also another fine selection and includes the recently Culturefly reviewed Grandville Noel! The Guardian
In controversial literary news, there have been two major stories running this week (although for one, ‘literary’ here is possibly too strong a word). Firstly, the Zoella ghostwriter saga seems to have been all anyone has talked about. Zoe Sugg, the Youtube star, actually wrote her book with – shock! horror! – someone else’s kind help. The vlogger used a ghostwriter for her bestselling, and shockingly record-breaking, book Girl Online. Zoe Sugg has over 6 million Youtube subscribers and her book sold over 78,000 copies in its first week of publication.
Secondly, Lena Dunham has faced rewrites and edits of her new book after receiving criticism for ‘naming’ her apparent college rapist when she was a student at Oberlin College in Ohio. In Not That Kind of Girl Dunham speaks about her experience and her attacker, a Republican named ‘Barry’. Although the man’s name has been claimed to be a pseudonym, a real Republican Barry from Oberlin has requested legal action be taken in case Dunham’s book causes an inflammatory backlash against him.