Five Things We Loved This Week
Our literary round up of the last seven days
1. The Man Booker Shortlist –
If you missed Tuesday’s announcement of the Man Booker Prize shortlist– where have you been? You are in for a treat – they are electric. (The Electric Six, you could say? Remember them? No… OK). Broader in scope, it has been argued, than previous years’, the six books make a diverse and thrilling set.
2. Pratchett Costume Event –
We love Terry Pratchett every week …but this week in particular, we showed our love with a phenomenal ‘dress-up’ event at the Piccadilly shop. It was, of course, to celebrate his final novel, The Shepherd’s Crown, and to shed a few tears for the loss of the great man.
3. Harry Potter Colouring Books –
Colouring books have gone global – everyone and their dog has embraced the calming activity as an antidote to hectic, modern living. Now, it's time to colour your own Harry Potter adventure – fans will be excited to know that the book features sketches used to make the films.
4. From Russia With Love –
Just announced: Chekhov’s is Alive! No, you heard me correctly. Next Friday, Google Russia, together with the Chekhov Moscow Art Theatre, and the Russian Book Union, is planning to attract 500 readers - ordinary Internet users and celebrities - to read over 50 stories and plays by Chekhov, turn by turn, from different locations all over the world. The 24 hour reading marathon will be broadcasted live on YouTube and via Google+ Hangouts. Tune in to hear the master of the short story’s work come alive.
5. Hold on to your hats –
There are so many releases due next week, we are just glad we won’t have to wait much longer. And the books are going to fly off the shelves…literally, watch out - you are going to have to catch them with a net.
The whole family on the porch, half-listening as their mother tells the same tale they have heard so many times before. From that porch we spool back through the generations, witnessing the events, secrets and unguarded moments that have come to define the family.
'In his exploration of the mysterious and the murderous, of the terrors that can take hold of the human mind, of the colors of life in Africa...and most of all in his ability to create dramatic tension in this most human of African stories, Chigozie Obioma truly is the heir to Chinua Achebe' - The New York Times
U - a talented figure pimping his skills to an elite consultancy in contemporary London. His employers advise everyone from big businesses to governments, and, to this end, expect their 'corporate anthropologist' to help decode and manipulate the world around them - all the more so now that a giant, epoch-defining project is in the offing.
“A Little Life is unlike anything else out there. Over the top, beyond the pale and quite simply unforgettable. Whether it makes the Man Booker shortlist – and it really should – this parable of modern life will last long after the winner is crowned.” - The Independent on Sunday
Deep in the Chalk, something is stirring. The owls and the foxes can sense it, and Tiffany Aching feels it in her boots. An old enemy is gathering strength. This is a time of endings and beginnings, old friends and new, a blurring of edges and a shifting of power. Now Tiffany stands between the light and the dark, the good and the bad.
Packed with stunning pieces of artwork from the Warner Bros. archive, this book gives fans the chance to colour in the vivid settings and beloved characters of J.K. Rowling's wizarding world. Containing intricate line drawings used in the making of the Harry Potter films, this colouring book includes all of the fan-favourite scenes.