No bookbits for the next three/four weeks as I’ll be awaaaaaaay (unless Hayley of course finds some urgent piece of news somewhere)(and the time to post it). These are a little brief at times, but then, it’s late. 🙂
- Is this Banksy? Betting starts in the comments.
- On the rather more macabre front, children’s author Harry Horse (of Little Rabbit… fame), stabbed his wife 30 times before killing himself.
- Age-branding on children’s books is a hot topic at the moment. A majority of children’s authors is against it. I think it would be handy for those customers coming in to buy a gift, but perhaps children/youngsters might find it deterring rather than helpful. A twelve year-old might ignore a book that has 9+ stamped on its side whereas now they might just go for it on the basis of the story. What do you think?
- Frances Fyfield has won the CWA Duncan Lawrie Dagger for Blood From Stone. Staying with crime, Stef Penney won the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year award for The Tenderness of Wolves (added simply because of the delicious title of the award)(the link also has interviews with various other crime writers)(and a Bookbits without an award in it just wouldn’t be the same, would it).
- Happily, I have another one for you, just for good measure: the BBC Short Story Prize was won by Clare Wigfall for “The Numbers”.
- And another one: Kate Summerscale’s The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher, recently so well-reviewed in the NRC, has won the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction.
Happy holiday everyone!