Have recent events – World Cup or otherwise – left you in dire need of something to lighten the mood? If the answer’s yes, then have a read of this list of 25 Books Guaranteed to Make You Laugh and try to find some inspiration.
Salman Rushdie has won the PEN Printer Prize, an award created in 2009 to honour playwright Harold Pinter by praising works that cast ‘unflinching, unswerving’ scrutiny on the world. This will be presented to Rushdie in October, at a ceremony held at the British Library in London.
Jeanette Winterson, author of Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, caused quite a stir on Twitter after posting a picture of raw rabbit meat with the comment ‘Rabbit ate my parsley. I am eating the rabbit.’ After following this tweet with a series of photos of cooking it, the author rapidly received furious responses from followers. Some fans however, were more open-minded about the author’s DIY meal as Winterson explained her preference for organic produce over factory farmed meat.
Musician Frank Turner will be releasing an autobiography in 2015, which will follow his career from his time in the band Million Dead to his solo tours and 2012 Olympic Ceremony performance.
In book tech news, Amazon have released new information about their Smartphone – the Fire Phone. In addition to having similar system content to other smartphones currently available, Amazon’s phone has easy access to the Kindle application and ebook shop, including Audible. This is only available for the US at the moment, but could mean an important new competitor to both book retailers and phone companies.
Haruki Murakami’s new book Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage will have a fun accompaniment to the story – illustrators have created a series of stickers to be included in the book. These are meant to encourage readers to embellish the story in their own way.
Evie Wyld’s All Birds, Singing has won the £10,000 Encore Award for Best Second Novel, a prize won last year by Ned Beauman for The Teleportation Accident.
Ebook confusion has led to hundreds of readers buying a 2006 novel, despite thinking they were buying Stephen King’s recently released Joyland. Emily Schultz, author of 2006’s Joyland – a coming-of-age story set in a video games arcade – received a highly unexpected sales increase after buyers mistakenly purchased her book instead of King’s. The book by the modern master of horror was not even available to download digitally and, even more bizarre, those who had read Schultz’s book left feedback comments on Amazon criticising (and praising) King’s surprising new storytelling direction. In a funny conclusion to this tale, Schultz has used her new winnings in a public way: the author set up a tumblr and posted photos of her new purchases while asking whether or not Stephen King would like it.