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Winds of Winter SHOCK: Does THIS prove Sansa Stark will take the Iron Throne in the end?
22 September 2017 | 9:17 am Daily Express :: Books Feed

WINDS OF WINTER and A Dream of Spring could see Sansa Stark on the Iron Throne instead of Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen, according to this amazing new Game of Thrones fan theory. Warning spoilers ahead....


Sour Heart by Jenny Zhang review – from China to the US
22 September 2017 | 7:00 am Books | The Guardian

A bittersweet debut short story collection from the Shanghai-born poet and essayist gives voice to young female narrators “Am I still the sourest girl you know?” asks Christina, protagonist of the two stories that bookend Shanghai-born American writer Jenny Zhang’s moving and energetic debut collection. Zhang (right) is a young poet and essayist, and Sour Heart is the first title acquired by Lena Dunham for her Lenny imprint at Random House in the US. In Zhang’s stories,...


Alan Hollinghurst: ‘I was fortunate to come along just as gay lit was coming into its own’
22 September 2017 | 7:00 am Books | The Guardian

As he publishes his new novel, the Booker prize winner explains why he is looking back to an era before the Sexual Offences ActAs he was working on his sixth novel, Alan Hollinghurst, who describes himself as highly distractable during the throes of creation, found himself writing an introduction to Offshore, Penelope Fitzgerald’s 1979 Booker prize-winning miniature masterpiece, and then reviewing Hermione Lee’s biography of the writer. “And so I read every word, and I fell...


Annie Proulx wins high honour for writing on 'the beauty of rural America'
22 September 2017 | 7:05 am Books | The Guardian

The Shipping News author joins previous winners of the National Book Foundation’s award such as Toni Morrison, Elmore Leonard and Norman MailerThe Shipping News author Annie Proulx has been named as the latest recipient of one of the highest honours in US fiction, the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, and praised for her “deep reverence for the beauty and complexities of rural America”.The medal, which recognises “a lifetime of literary...


Nonfiction: Writing Lines for Obama, Mixing Comedy and Hope
22 September 2017 | 5:00 am NYT > Books

In his memoir “Thanks, Obama,” the speechwriter David Litt recalls coming of age at the White House....


Jonathan Franzen: 'The book that had the greatest influence on my writing? CS Lewis's Narnia'
22 September 2017 | 6:20 am Books | The Guardian

The American novelist on the books that changed his life, made him cry and the ones he wishes he’d writtenThe book that changed my lifeTo read is to have experiences; every book changes my life at least a little bit. The first time I can remember this happening was when I was 10, with a biography of Thomas Edison. Continue reading......


Fiction: In ‘Sing, Unburied, Sing,’ a Haunted Road Trip to Prison
22 September 2017 | 5:00 am NYT > Books

Jesmyn Ward’s follow-up to “Salvage the Bones” tells the story of a woman intent on making her fractured family whole again....


Stamp Notes: ‘The Snowy Day’ Captured in New Stamp Series
22 September 2017 | 5:00 am NYT > Books

A new run of “Forever” stamps will feature scenes from Ezra Jack Keats’s classic children’s tale....


Nonfiction: A True Tale of Drug Cartels, Money Laundering and Horse Racing
22 September 2017 | 5:00 am NYT > Books

In “Bones,” by Joe Tone, the divergent lives of two brothers — a bricklayer in Texas and a cartel boss in Mexico — converge on the racetrack....


The Good Immigrant's editor plans new journal and agency for writers of colour
22 September 2017 | 3:00 am Books | The Guardian

Nikesh Shukla and literary agent Julia Kingsford have launched Kickstarter appeal to fund The Good Journal, with further plans for an affiliated agencyAfter selling more than 50,000 copies and being named the British public’s favourite book of 2016, the success of anthology The Good Immigrant has prompted the launch of a new literary journal to showcase British writers of colour.The book’s editor, Nikesh Shukla, published the collection of essays on race and immigration after...


All The Good Things by Clare Fisher review – a sparky and unsettling debut
22 September 2017 | 4:00 am Books | The Guardian

Prisons, real and metaphysical, feature heavily in this tale of a 21-year-old trying to find the good in her lifeBeth is 21 and has done “lots of 100% TM certified grown up things like wash up my own plates in my own flat, rubber gloves and all”. She’s had a boyfriend and a baby, but she is also in prison. Her counsellor, Erika, has asked her to make a list of the good things in her life. Beth thinks this is “pretty retarded”. What if she can’t think of any?...


Tom Gauld on psychogeographers – cartoon
22 September 2017 | 1:30 am Books | The Guardian

The illustrator responds to Iain Sinclair’s essay about losing his compulsion to write about London Continue reading......


Why are comic cons no longer about comics?
22 September 2017 | 2:00 am Books | The Guardian

More and more of these events pay less and less attention to the form they are supposed to be about. Thank goodness for the Leeds event that lives up to the nameOn the website of a recent comic con in Lancashire, the big draws were: a puppeteer who worked on Star Wars and The Dark Crystal; an actor who was in Space: 1999 and played the Stormtrooper in Star Wars who said: “These aren’t the droids we’re looking for”; a child actor who appeared in Game of Thrones. Oh, and...


Life 3.0 by Max Tegmark review – we are ignoring the AI apocalypse
22 September 2017 | 2:30 am Books | The Guardian

Yuval Noah Harari responds to an account of the artificial intelligence era and argues we are profoundly ill-prepared to deal with future technologyArtificial intelligence will probably be the


Sir Arthur Conan Doyle changes his mind about Irish Home Rule – archive, 22 September 1911
22 September 2017 | 12:00 am Books | The Guardian

22 September 1911 The author has sent the following letter to the Belfast Evening Telegraph in response to a request for a message to Unionist meetings tomorrow, explaining why, though twice a Unionist candidate, he is now in favour of home ruleWindlesham, Crowborough; Sussex, September 18.“Sir, – You were good enough to ask me to send a message on the question of the Union. As the matter has been much in my thoughts, I take the opportunity to do so, though I fear the message may...


Dear Cancer, Love Victoria: A Mum’s Diary Of Hope review: Presenting my cancer diary
21 September 2017 | 7:01 pm Daily Express :: Books Feed

IN August 2015 much-loved BBC journalist and presenter Victoria Derbyshire revealed that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer aged 46. But rather than battling the disease privately, she was determined to be open about her illness....


Adventures of a young naturalist review: David Attenborough has an easy style
21 September 2017 | 7:01 pm Daily Express :: Books Feed

WHETHER slowly chasing a sloth up a tree in Guyana, talking pidgin to an Amerindian guide called King George, pleading with officials in Indonesia for permission to find a Komodo dragon or being bemused by the confusion between armadillos and prostitutes in Paraguay , David Attenborough is a delight to read....


Alastair Campbell: My six best books
21 September 2017 | 7:01 pm Daily Express :: Books Feed

ALASTAIR CAMPBELL, 60, was Tony Blair’s press secretary and Gordon Brown’s adviser. The sixth volume of his diaries From Blair To Brown is out now....


The Hobbit turns 80!
21 September 2017 | 4:00 pm GANNETT Syndication Service

The book The Hobbit turns 80 years old. Elizabeth Keatinge (@elizkeatinge) has more.


Husband's elegy for Jenny Diski wins Forward prize for best single poem
21 September 2017 | 4:30 pm Books | The Guardian

Ian Patterson’s The Plenty of Nothing, begun in the days leading up to her death, shares honours with best collection win for Sin


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