Holy bulging bookshelves! It’s a Batman reading list!

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Na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, Batman! Na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, Batman! Batman, Batman, Batman! Everyone’s favourite brooding superhero turns 75 this week, and to celebrate Martin Wright from our Leeds bookshop has put together a Batman reading list. KAPOW! Read more




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The YA Buzz

Want to know some of things that were discussed at YALC and what is at the heart of YA? Here’s Isabel Popple's personal pick of some of the most crucial comments made across last weekend's events. Read more

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Why publishers still matter

At a time when it has never been easier to self-publish, what is the value of a publisher? Are they redundant in this brave new world? Sam Jordison explains how conventional publishers, and particularly independents with distinct characters like his own Galley Beggar Press, are perhaps needed now more than ever. Read more

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On the Home Front

With the Imperial War Museum London reopening this Saturday, their Senior Historian Terry Charman shares some of the stories which defined life on the Home Front during the First World War. Read more



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Read Last Man Off

Matt Lewis introduces an extract from his first hand account of disaster on the Antarctic seas - Last Man Off, Radio 4's Book of the Week this week. Read more
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In conversation: Erika Johansen

Though the first part of her Tearling trilogy is only just hitting bookshops in the UK, Erika Johansen's story is already in development to be a Hollywood film starring Emma Watson. She tells us a little about this unique futuristic fantasy and her reading inspiration. Read more

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In conversation: James Dawson – Queen of Teen

James Dawson is the new Queen of Teen - crowned just last Friday! What does his new royal status mean to him, how does he plan to wield his bookish power, and what does he think about UK YA? Our own Isabel Popple caught up with him at the UK's first Young Adult Literature Convention to find out. Read more

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Noirwich Crime Writing Festival

Yes, that's deliberate and not a typo! Rowan Whiteside of our Norwich bookshop shares her excitement about the upcoming Noirwich Crime Writing Festival – a deadly new festival. Read more