Bookseller Briefing 25/18 – week ending 22 June

  Oxford English Dictionary hunts for regional words Oxford University Press is asking members of the public to submit local words, phrases and expressions from around the world for inclusion in the Oxford English Dictionary. In a blog post, the publisher said: “How we speak can reveal where we are from: not just our accent, but…

Bookseller Briefing 24/18 – week ending 15 June

  Honours for Waterstone, Ishiguro, Beard and Calder Tim Waterstone, founder of the eponymous bookshop chain Waterstones, has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List with a knighthood for “services to bookselling and charity”. Author Kazuo Ishiguro – awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature last year – has also received a knighthood, for services to literature. “I’m feeling absolutely…

Bookseller Briefing 23/18 – week ending 8 June

  Eighty librarians condemn deal between Home Office and SCL Eighty library professionals have signed an open letter condemning a deal between the Society of Chief Librarians (SCL) and UK Visas and Immigration that will see libraries provide biometric visa support services. The new contract, delivered by IT consultancy Sopra Steria, will be rolled out…

Bookseller Briefing 22/18 – week ending 1 June

Mantel, Saunders, Ondaatje make Man Booker ‘Golden Five’ George Saunders, Hilary Mantel and Michael Ondaatje are among the names to have been shortlisted for the Golden Man Booker Prize, created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the coveted literary award. The ‘Golden Five’ – the books thought to have “best stood the test of time”…

Food – TV – MasterChef Australia season 10 – Nigella’s ruby chocolate cheesecake

The pressure test in MasterChef Australia s1e11 was ‘to complete four of Nigella Lawson’s favourite chocolate dishes’ – chocolate chip cookie dough pots, emergency brownies, chocolate olive oil mousse and ruby chocolate cheesecake. The recipes, from the MasterChef Australia website can be found here In September 2017 the chocolate and cocoa product company Barry Callebaut…

SA Books – The Conversation – South Africa’s reading crisis: Focus on the root cause, not the peripherals

  Nearly a quarter of a century into democracy, four presidents and several curricular revisions later, South Africa has made little headway in its reading crisis. Calling it a crisis is no overstatement. South Africa ranked last out of 50 countries in the 2016 Progress in International Reading Literacy (PIRLS) study which tested reading comprehension of learners…

Bookseller Briefing 21/18 – week ending 25 May

  Publishers urge government on e-book VAT ahead of crunch EU meeting Publishers are urging the UK government to support measures that would allow VAT to be removed on e-books, audiobooks and online newspaper and magazine subscriptions in the UK. At a European Union meeting today (25th May) taking place in Brussels, finance ministers will consider new proposals that would allow…

Bookseller Briefing 20/18 – week ending 18 May

‘Legend’ Tom Wolfe dies American author and journalist Tom Wolfe, who wrote Electric Kool Aid Acid Test, The Right Stuff and The Bonfire of the Vanities, has died at the age of 88. Wolfe died on Monday (14th May) after being hospitalised for an infection in New York City, his agent Lynn Nesbit confirmed. Born in Richmond, Virginia, Wolfe developed a new form of…