English – The Guardian – To Brits with knickers in a twist over Americanisms: don’t get your panties in a bunch

Many ‘American’ phrases are actually British but a new book argues why we say what we say reveals a lot about our cultures   To those dedicated warriors hunched over their keyboards or gripping their pens, ready to fire off an angry salvo about the Americanization of British English to their favorite newspaper, television channel…

Bookseller Briefing 7/18 – week ending 16 February

Macmillan celebrates 175 years of publishing Macmillan is celebrating 175 years of publishing in 2018 with an initiative for independent booksellers, roundtable events and the reissue of “one of the most successful anthologies in literary history”. The publisher is using the anniversary, marking the founding of the company by brothers Daniel and Alexander Macmillan in…

Books UK – Penguin Podcast

  Richard E Grant hosts new Penguin Podcast Penguin Random House is today (16th July) re-launching The Penguin Podcast with a series of programmes about the objects that inspire authors, hosted by actor Richard E Grant. In each 30-minute episode of “The Penguin Podcast: Author Notes”, Grant will talk to authors about five objects that…

BITM – Peter Hartcher – The Adolescent Country

Peter Hartcher | The Adolescent Country: A Lowy Institute Paper | Penguin Specials (Australia) 9780143572435 | A$9.99 | Nov The great crises that threaten Australia’s national prosperity come from abroad. So do the grandest opportunities. But in Australian politics the big matters are commonly crowded out by the small. International policy is used for domestic point-scoring.…