If you’re still sad that Christmas is over and New Year celebrations are past, never fear, as this exciting new trailer is sure to get you excited for 2015. The BBC Two adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s award-winning and bestselling Wolf Hall now has a one minute-long trailer, showing Damian Lewis, Claire Foy and Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell.
The Guardian have published their literary calendar for 2015, containing upcoming releases, adaptations and anniversaries to keep all book lovers in the know for the next twelve months. io9 have selected the top Sci-Fi and Fantasy reads of 2014, from David Mitchell’s The Bone Clocks to M. R. Carey’s The Girl with all the Gifts and Jeff Vandermeer’s Southern Reach trilogy. Bustle have a list of the top book covers of 2014 for you.
Nielsen revealed the list of bestselling titles for 2014, and the results show that movies really do work magic for the book industry. Nine out of the top ten sellers of the year were titles that had been adapted for film, with John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, predictably, taking the top spot. Without sounding too much like a Formula One commentator, Veronica Roth’s Divergent, Insurgent and Allegiant took second, third and fourth place respectively and Diary of a Wimpy Kid took the sixth spot. Gone Girl, unsurprisingly, also entered the top ten in seventh position. This is not to say that children and teens have been the only ones flocking to bookshops over the past twelve months, as a healthy percentage of YA novel readers are ‘actual’ adults, despite what some anti-YA critics may grumble.
Poet laureate and professor of contemporary poetry Carol Ann Duffy has become a dame, following her inclusion in the New Year’s honours list. Ali Smith, author of How to be Both, has been awarded a CBE for her services to literature.
The new WH Smith Richard and Judy Book club list is now available. The eight titles chosen for the spring book club are The Miniaturist, Miss Carter’s War, The Book of You, Elizabeth is Missing, The Murder Bag, A Colder War, The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes and Mrs Hemingway.