Five things we loved this week
Our literary round-up of the last seven days
The Great Bake Off finalists answered your Signature Wish. Ahem.
Bake Off fans, I hope you were at Piccadilly Waterstones yesterday because you could have chatted with all three finalists! We were delighted to welcome Nadia, Tamal and Ian to sign copies of The Great British Bake Off: Celebrations in-store, at Piccadilly yesterday.
The winner of the BBC Short Story Award 2015 was announced.
The final five short stories were an extraordinary set – but Jonathan Buckley has emerged this year’s winner. Feast on all five shortlisted titles in this year's pretty collection, available to purchase now, and listen to a dramatic reading of Buckley's winning story, Briar Road, on the BBC's website.
Shakespeare Refreshed - ahead of 400th Anniversary of his death
Yup, it has been 400 years since Shakespeare drunk his last pint. To celebrate his life and work, Hogarth Press commissioned some of the literary world’s finest to reimagine his plays as novels, set in modern times. The series opens with: Jeanette Winterson’s A Gap of Time: A Winter’s Tale Retold. And you just know it is going to be brave and breath-taking (confession: yes, I am a big Winterson fan).
Super Thursday was SuperbThe biggest day in the publishing calendar was yesterday. Booksellers up and down the land stocked shelves to bursting with the colossal literary output. Over 500 titles were released in one day. Highlights were: Bill Bryson’s The Road to Little Dribbling: More Notes From A Small Island, Bernard Cornwell’s Warriors of the Storm and George R. R. Martin’s Knight of the Seven Kingdoms.
Waterstones Exclusive: Signed PewDiePie books.
You heard me - signed copies of PewDiePie's This Book Loves You. Only at Waterstones. Available to pre-order now. Here is the man himself to tell you all about it: