Five Things We Loved This Week
Our literary round up of the last seven days
1. Wittertainment took over Waterstones
Firstly, hello to Jason Isaacs. Secondly, I should point out that, though Dr. Kermode and Dr. Mayo did take over our twitter account earlier, they are no longer in the office. Actually, to be honest, they never were…The good Doctors were on-hand (online) offering their own brand of salves to existential problems. Celluloid snake oil, if you like. Have a read of that then have a read of their new book, The Movie Doctors.
2. Ruth Rendell’s last ever mystery
It is with a very heavy heart that all of us in the book world say: the final Ruth Rendell novel, Dark Corners, has been released. However, Rendell wanted to write until the day she died – and she did just that. There have been many, beautiful tributes. Read the moving account of what it was like finding and editing Dark Corners after the writer’s death, by publisher Selina Walker.
3. The Twits turns 35
In a switch of tone, but one of which we hope Ruth Rendell would have approved, we would like to celebrate another national treasure, Roald Dahl, and his gloriously grubby The Twits reaching its 35th anniversary. The book has had quite a few covers in its time, take a look at our gallery and marvel at their grotesqueness.
4. The Girl on the Sumptuously Designed Train
What is black and white and red all over? The sexy new gift edition of The Girl on the Train (with monochrome cover and red-edged pages). The Girl on the Train is a stupendously successful thriller by an immensely talented debut author. This is a book you will read in one sitting – and then buy a copy for everyone you know.
5. We like books. Bond books.
Spectre is out on Monday. The trailer is tantalizing. The reviews are ecstatic. Two things have me hooked: the mention of a Day of The Dead Festival opening and the sound of Christopher Waltz’s voice. To honour the return of our most famous, sartorial spy we have a list of Bond titles for you to peruse at your leisure.
BEFORE THE MAN BECAME THE LEGEND. BEFORE THE BOY BECAME THE MAN. James Bond hits Hollywood ... Lights. Camera. Murder. Young Bond is back - in his most action-packed, explosive adventure yet.
When Carl sells a packet of slimming pills to his close friend, Stacey, inadvertently causing her death, he sets in train a sequence of catastrophic events which begins with subterfuge, extends to lies, and culminates in murder.
In their first book together, the nation's 'go to' experts on all things film don their surgical scrubs to cure your cinema dilemmas and movie ailments
The Twits are possibly the nastiest and most disgusting of all Roald Dahl's characters. They smell because they never wash, they fight because they play tricks on each other, and they hate children. But worst of all, they keep monkeys in their back garden.