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Sir Paul McCartney To Publish Children's Book

Former Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney is to write a children’s book, titled ‘Hey Grandude’, inspired by his own grandchildren.It means that the bassist, who recently released a new studio album Egypt Station at the age of 76, follows in...

By Ed Biggs on 28 September 2018

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Man Booker Prize Unveils First Ever Graphic Novel Nomination 'Sabrina'

The world of literature is changing, and with that notion comes the first ever graphic novel to be nominated for the highly coveted Man Booker Prize. Nick Drnaso's visual drama 'Sabrina' has made the longlist; his second graphic novel after...

By Holly Mosley on 24 July 2018

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Stormzy Announces His Own Penguin Publishing Imprint #Merky Books

British grime star Stormzy has announced a new partnership with publishers Penguin Random House, and is poised to set up his own publishing imprint called #Merky Books as well as releasing his autobiography.The BRIT-winning rapper will be publishing ‘Rise Up:...

By Ed Biggs on 06 July 2018

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Sean Penn's Debut Novel Receives Critical Shellacking

Actor Sean Penn is enduring a rough first venture into world of writing, with several highly negative reviews of his first novel being posted over the last week or so.Since its publication on Tuesday (March 27th), critics have absolutely slated...

By Ed Biggs on 28 March 2018

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Marlon Bundo Is Number One: John Oliver's Book About Mike Pence's Gay Rabbit Outsells The Original

John Oliver has reached peak White House trolling with his latest venture, a children's book about Vice President Mike Pence's gay rabbit Marlon Bundo. It's an LGBTQ take on the politician's own book release, which was released by him and...

By Holly Mosley on 22 March 2018

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Michelle Obama Expected To Make Millions From 'Becoming' Memoir

Michelle Obama has got the world buzzing with talks of her forthcoming memoir 'Becoming', which she is set to launch in the Fall. It is already one of the planet's most highly anticipated autobiographies, and is set to detail her...

By Holly Mosley on 02 March 2018

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JK Rowling Teases 'Lethal White' Progress On Social Media

JK Rowling has got fans absolutely buzzing this week when she took to social media to tease her progress with her latest Cormoran Strike novel. It sounds like she's almost towards the end of the writing process of her fourth...

By Holly Mosley on 28 February 2018

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Krysten Ritter Explores The Writing Process Of Her Novel 'Bonfire'

Krysten Ritter released her debut novel 'Bonfire' last month, featuring a character not unlike her 'Jessica Jones' role and a setting much like her own hometown. She opened up about the plot and the writing process in an interview recently,...

By Holly Williams on 13 December 2017

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John Lewis Advert Slammed For 'Copying' Monster Book

John Lewis is under fire for their recent Moz The Monster Christmas advert soundtracked by Elbow, as author Chris Riddell claims the brand took their idea from his children's book 'Mr. Underbed'. The retailers are denying claims that they stole...

By Holly Mosley on 17 November 2017

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19 Years Later: Harry Potter Fans Celebrate Albus Severus' First Day At Hogwarts

As every die-hard Harry Potter fan will know, today marks the official day that the 19 Years Later epilogue of 'Deathly Hallows' was set. It's an exciting moment, given that that's where JK Rowling left the books in 2007, and...

By Holly Mosley on 01 September 2017

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Terry Pratchett's Unfinished Works Have Been Destroyed - Just How He Wanted

The unfinished works of Sir Terry Pratchett have been destroyed by a steamroller -as per the author's last request.A hard drive that was thought to contain up to 10 unfinished novels was crushed by a John Fowler & Co steamroller...

By Stephanie Chase on 30 August 2017

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Is There A JK Rowling Book Which May Never Be Published?

JK Rowling has certainly been busy, with four short stories as well as work on 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them', all coming out in the last year. However, it would seem that there will be one piece which...

By John Tindale on 10 July 2017

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Ian Rankin Reveals First 'Rebus' Novel Was Rejected Five Times

Crime author Ian Rankin has said that he was rejected five times by publishers for his first ‘Inspector Rebus’ novel before he eventually found success, on the 30th anniversary of the debut of his most famous character.The 57 year old...

By Ed Biggs on 30 June 2017

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RIP Michael Bond: The Genius Behind Paddington Bear Leaves A Joyful Legacy

The creator of one of the world's favourite ursine characters has passed away at the age of 91 this week. Michael Bond CBE was at his home at the time, and he had been ill for a short time -...

By Holly Williams on 28 June 2017

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Piers Morgan Angers Harry Potter Fans After Claiming The Books Are Badly Written

Controversial news anchor Piers Morgan has reignited his fierce feud with author J.K Rowling - but this time he has offended millions of people around the world at the same time. Following Rowling’s internationally famous Harry Potter series' 20th birthday...

By Charlotte Court on 27 June 2017

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JK Rowling Appeals To Her Fans Over Theft Of Rare Harry Potter Story

A valuable handwritten Harry Potter story by JK Rowling has been stolen along with other items from a property in Birmingham a few weeks ago, and the author is urging anyone who's offered it to not buy it. The piece...

By Holly Williams on 12 May 2017

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JK Rowling Divides 'Harry Potter' Fans By Apologising For Killing Off Professor Snape

J.K. Rowling has divided millions of ‘Harry Potter’ fans by apologising for killing off the character of Professor Snape in the final book of the series.The Scottish author, 51, tweeted the apology on the anniversary of the fictional ‘Battle of...

By Ed Biggs on 02 May 2017

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Alec Baldwin 'Surprised' To See So Many Errors In New Book 'Nevertheless'

After the furore between Alec Baldwin and the producers of the film 'Mini's First Time' following Alec's claims that they were not honest about the leading actress' age, the actor has lashed out at the publishers of his autobiography for...

By Holly Williams on 07 April 2017

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Cara Delevingne Announces Debut Novel

Cara Delevingne has announced she’s written her first novel, titled Mirror Mirror and it’s due out in October.The model and actress made the announcement on Instagram, describing the book as a “twisty coming-of-age story” about sixteen year old friends Red,...

By Stephanie Chase on 14 March 2017

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Philip Pullman Announces New Trilogy Of Novels Titled 'The Book Of Dust'

Philip Pullman has delighted fans by announcing that a long-awaited follow-up trilogy of novels to best-selling series His Dark Materials, to be titled 'The Book of Dust', will be published in October this year.The first volume of The Book of...

By Ed Biggs on 15 February 2017

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Piers Morgan Battles JK Rowling On Twitter (And Makes Life Awkward For His Son)

JK Rowling made an enemy of Piers Morgan over the weekend, after she shared a clip of Australian comedian Jim Jefferies telling him to “f**k off” on live TV.What followed was a back and forth Twitter war between the two,...

By Stephanie Chase on 13 February 2017

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JK Rowling Would Like Fans To Not Tag Her When Discussing Her Death

JK Rowling has responded to an internet meme about her death, by politely asking fans to please untag her when sharing it.The presumably well-meaning meme is been shared all over social media and describes how Harry Potter fans will react...

By Stephanie Chase on 08 February 2017

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JK Rowling Entertainingly Shuts Down 'Harry Potter' Book Burners

Proving herself once again to be the queen of clapbacks, J.K. Rowling has been on Twitter shutting down former fans who have been threatening to burn their Harry Potter merchandise.A number of irate Trump supporters who disagreed with her views...

By Ed Biggs on 02 February 2017

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JK Rowling Has Two New Novels On The Way

JK Rowling is apparently working on at least two new novels; one possibly being the fourth installment of the Cormoran Strike series and the second being... something else entirely. The author has recently launched a brand new website to talk...

By Holly Williams on 22 December 2016

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National Book Award Winner Colson Whitehead Tackles Racism Issues In 'The Underground Railroad'

New York author Colson Whitehead has landed National Book Award for fiction for his incredible sixth novel 'The Underground Railroad'; a best-selling story about slavery and racism in Georgia. During such a time of division and conflict in America, it...

By Holly Williams on 17 November 2016

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Emma Watson Leaves Books On The London Underground For Passengers To Find

Emma Watson has been spotted dashing around the London Underground system leaving books in hidden places for passengers to find.The 26 year old actor turned gender equality campaigner, famous for her role as Hermione Grainger in the Harry Potter movies,...

By Ed Biggs on 02 November 2016

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Man Booker Prize Elects First US Winner With Racial Satire Novel

This year is a year for many literary firsts. Just as Bob Dylan has been named the first musician to win the Nobel Literature Prize, Paul Beatty is the first American to win the UK's long coveted Man Booker Prize;...

By Holly Williams on 26 October 2016

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Zayn Malik Admits Relief That He Can Now Sing About Sex

Zayn Malik appears to have a few choice words for his former One Direction bandmates, in new excerpts from his forthcoming autobiography in which he claims he is relieved to be able to sing about sex in his music now...

By Ed Biggs on 14 October 2016

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Lil Wayne Reveals He Officiated A Same-Sex Wedding While In Prison

The first excerpts for Lil Wayne’s prison memoirs from his time incarcerated in Rikers Island have proved to be illuminating reading, including the revelation that the rapper officiated a same-sex wedding while inside.According to a report in New York Daily...

By Ed Biggs on 27 September 2016

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JK Rowling Says Harambe The Gorilla Is NOT A Patronus

JK Rowling has been forced to clarify a joke she made on Twitter about Harambe the gorilla appearing as a Patronus on the Harry Potter fan site Pottermore.Potter fans were sent into a frenzy of excitement when the website launched...

By Ed Biggs on 23 September 2016

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Winnie-The-Pooh Gets New Penguin Friend To Celebrate 90th Anniversary

There’s a kangaroo, a rabbit, a tiger, a donkey, a piglet, an owl and one of the most famous bears in the world, but now Hundred Acre Wood is to become home to a penguin! To mark the 90th anniversary...

By Stephanie Chase on 21 September 2016

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Pippa Middleton Admits She's Not Made All The Recipes In Her New Cookbook

Pippa Middleton, the sister of the Duchess of Cambridge, was widely mocked for her first book four years ago with its painfully obvious tips for party planning. Now, she’s risked ridicule once more by admitting she’s not even made some of...

By Ed Biggs on 19 September 2016

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Zayn Malik To Release Autobiography Named After His Mononym

Zayn Malik is set to launch his first autobiography this Fall. Entitled 'Zayn', it will explore his growing up in West Yorkshire through to becoming a global superstar with One Direction and beyond. The book will also contain a collection...

By Holly Williams on 14 September 2016

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Bruce Springsteen Announces Short Book Tour

Ahead of the release of his much-anticipated autobiography ‘Born To Run’, Bruce Springsteen has announced that he’ll be undertaking a short tour of “special appearances” around the United States to support its release at the end of this month.The 66...

By Ed Biggs on 13 September 2016

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Are Three New 'Harry Potter' Books Coming Our Way Next Month?

After the success of West End play Harry Potter And The Cursed Child and the forthcoming release of film Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, Potter fans already have plenty to keep them going. But it looks as if...

By Stephanie Chase on 17 August 2016

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'Harry Potter' Book With Small Typo Goes Up For Auction At £20,000

A rare edition of Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone is expected to fetch more than £20,000 when it goes to auction in November at Bonhams. The book contains a small, barely noticeable typo and only 500 copies containing the...

By Stephanie Chase on 12 August 2016

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Magic Shop Bans Harry Potter's Muggle Fans From Buying Wands

A magic shop selling wands and accessories to real life witches and wizards has banned Harry Potter fans from buying their products because they are not suitable for muggles. Mystical Moments in Huddersfield has had witches and wizards from all...

By Stephanie Chase on 08 August 2016

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There's A New 'Bridget Jones' Book Coming In October

Bridget Jones is coming back with a new novel set to be published on 11 October. Bridget Jones’s Baby: The Diaries will accompany the new film which follows Bridget becoming a first time mother. Fans had previously thought that no...

By Stephanie Chase on 06 August 2016

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'Harry Potter And The Cursed Child' Book Set To Break Sales Records

Although JK Rowling has already declared that it will be the final chapter in the ‘Harry Potter’ series, she might be tempted to think twice after reports of sales of the newly-released ‘The Cursed Child’ set to make it the...

By Ed Biggs on 03 August 2016

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Why We Refuse To Believe JK Rowling When She Says There'll Be No More 'Harry Potter' Books

'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' is dominating theatre news this summer, and now those who didn't manage to get a ticket for parts 1 and 2 of the play have probably got their copy of the script book which...

By Holly Williams on 01 August 2016

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Dan Brown Announces Young Adult Edition Of 'The Da Vinci Code'

‘The Da Vinci Code’ author Dan Brown has announced that he’ll be released an abridged version of his best-selling novel aimed at the Young Adult market later this year.To be released through Penguin Random House UK, it is aimed at...

By Ed Biggs on 18 May 2016

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JK Rowling Finds Donald Trump 'Objectionable', But Defends His Right To Freedom Of Speech

Harry Potter author JK Rowling has made her views on US presidential candidate Donald Trump very clear; she doesn't agree with the things he says, but she respect his right to say them. Speaking at Pen America’s annual literary gala...

By Stephanie Chase on 17 May 2016

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JK Rowling Makes Fan's Tattoo Dream Come True

JK Rowling proves everyday why she's such an important figure for Harry Potter fans, and yesterday (May 11th 2016) was no different. She took some time to oblige a fan's request to help design a HP themed tattoo in order...

By Holly Williams on 12 May 2016

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JK Rowling Apologises For Remus Lupin's Death On Battle Of Hogwarts' 18th Anniversary

Harry Potter fans are today marking the 18th anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts, which took place on May 2nd 1998. To mark the anniversary, author JK Rowling has apologised to readers on Twitter, for the death of much-loved character Remus Lupin,...

By Stephanie Chase on 02 May 2016

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Writer Michelle McNamara, Wife Of Patton Oswalt, Dies Aged 46

Crime writer Michelle McNamara, who was married to comedian and actor Patton Oswalt, has died suddenly at the age of 46. Oswald’s publicist, Kevin McLaughlin, announced the tragic news on Friday, saying the writer had died in her sleep on...

By Stephanie Chase on 24 April 2016

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J.K. Rowling Nominated For Crime Writing Award For Latest 'Robert Galbraith' Book

Robert Galbraith, the crime writing pseudonym for ‘Harry Potter’ author J.K. Rowling, has been selected for the longlist of nominees for Crime Novel of the Year for the first time.‘Career of Evil’, the third novel that Rowling has published under...

By Ed Biggs on 21 April 2016

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David Walliams Apologises To Children After Discovering His Fan Mail Has Been Stolen

David Walliams has apologised to his young readers for for not responding to their fan mail after discovering his post had been stolen. The comedian turned children author revealed on twitter that he’d been informed by police he was the...

By Stephanie Chase on 17 April 2016

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Edinburgh Cafe Gives Up Trying To Erase Out-Of-Control Harry Potter Graffiti

A cafe in Edinburgh where JK Rowling often ventured to write the beginnings of Harry Potter has been graffitied so often that staff have stopped trying to paint over it, and instead settled to embrace their status as a popular...

By Holly Williams on 11 April 2016

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J.K Rowling's 'Harry Potter' Chair Sells For Nearly $400,000 At Auction

The chair in which J.K. Rowling sat while she wrote the first two ‘Harry Potter’ books has sold at auction in New York City for almost $400,000, according to the Associated Press.50 year old Rowling used the chair, one of four...

By Ed Biggs on 07 April 2016

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5 Suggestions For Aspiring Writers From JK Rowling's Rejection Letters

One publisher has responded to JK Rowling's recent rejection letter unveilings, confirming that her alter-ego Robert Galbraith had plenty of rejection when trying to find a publisher for 'The Cuckoo's Calling'. But the whole move has definitely taught potential writers...

By Holly Williams on 30 March 2016

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