SA Books – Vejay Ramlakan – Mandela’s Last Years

    Mandela’s Last Years 9781776091829 Format Paperback Recommended Price R230.00 Published June 2017 About the book: Unfortunately information on this book is currently unavailable. BUY NOW: takealot.com Loot Exclus1ves Reader’s Warehouse 10-year jail sentence hangs over Mandela doctor Amanda Watson The author appears to have flouted many regulations in his writing. The backlash about…

Bookseller Briefing 30/17 – week ending 28 July

SoA criticises removal of BBC radio quotas for drama The removal of quotas for radio comedy, drama and readings will have a “significant impact” on the Society of Authors’ members, the organisation has said. As part of its Operating Licence for the BBC, Ofcom – the regulatory authority for the broadcasting industry – has removed…

Bookseller Briefing 29/17 – week ending 21 July

Airline easyJet launches children’s book club Budget airline easyJet has launched a “flybrary” in its entire UK fleet with 7,000 classic books selected by Jacqueline Wilson. The campaign follows research by the company which shows that 80% of parents in Britain say children are reading less in comparison to when they were younger. Around 7,000…

Authors – Jane Austen – 16 Dec 1775 – 18 July 2017

      Jane Austen banknote unveiled – with strange choice of quotation Bank of England launches new £10 note featuring a line about reading – said by a character who doesn’t care for books The new £10 note featuring Jane Austen has been unveiled on the 200th anniversary of the author’s death, complete with a quote…

Bookseller Briefing 28/17 – week ending 14 July

  Christie’s ‘secret’ letters to HarperCollins set to be revealed The secret history between Agatha Christie and her long-standing publisher, HarperCollins, is being revealed as part of a new exhibition celebrating the company’s 200th anniversary. The “candid photographs” and “touching letters” unearthed from the Glasgow archive show Christie and William or ‘Billy’ Collins, former chairman…

Bookseller Briefing 27/17 – week ending 7 July

HarperCollins and Tolkien estate settle £62m lawsuit against Warner Bros The estate of J R R Tolkien and HarperCollins have settled a $80m (£62m) lawsuit against Warner Bros over the licensing of online games, apps, slot machines and other types of gambling merchandise based on The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings following a five-year dispute, Warner Bros has…

English – The Guardian – That’s the Way It Crumbles: The American Conquest of English by Matthew Engel – review

Matthew Engel urges us to hang tough against Americanisms in this entertaining history of linguistic imperialism Toilet training: is nowhere safe from the Americanisms that have been polluting our language for years?  Tim Adams Monday 3 July 2017 08.00 BSTLast modified on Tuesday 4 July 2017 11.49 BST Iworked for a few years in my 20s at the literary…