Footnotes, September 2022: Book links from around the web
At The Reading List, we’re trainspotters when it comes to interesting book links, and here are a number that caught our eye.
- The longest single-volume book in the world has gone on sale, there’s only one catch – it is impossible to read.
- Spotify is venturing into audiobooks – at last – in a bid to dethrone Amazon’s Audible.
- Margaret Atwood and Neil Gaiman among authors signed up for Ukrainian book festival, which will be streamed free from 6-9 October.
- Find out more about ‘the world’s greatest wine library‘, 35,000 books in 50 languages, as well as wine labels, press clippings, and the personal correspondence from some of the world’s most important vintners.
- A new piece by Rhian Sasseen for The Baffler considers how novels can best approach the flattening, depersonalising effects of the internet.
- Margie Orford has revealed the bright, shiny new covers for the updated editions of her Clare Hart series! Feast your eyes here.
- Bond as you’ve never seen him before: The new James Bond novels are fun, progressive and totally thrilling.
- On Edgar Allan Poe and the economics of literary theft (otherwise known as publishing).
- Kate Beaton on creating the best graphic novel of 2022: Ducks is a devastating memoir about life in the oil sands of northern Alberta.
- How JRR Tolkien came to write the stories of ‘The Rings of Power’.
- Hitler’s Girl: A new book discusses how close Britain’s aristocracy was to the Nazi regime and what the situation in those times tells us about the dangers to democracy today.
- Although her books evoke a particular time in Britain, Enid Blyton has found an unexpected following in India.
- Recycled words: an eco-friendly alternative to original literature.
- iPhone users alert: the Books app has received a series of substantial enhancements in iOS 16.
- ‘My most treasured possessions are my grandmother’s handwritten recipes. They are terrible.’ – The Guardian interviews Jodi Picoult.
- An interview with Sophie Roell, co-founder and editor of Five Books, known as ‘the best book curation site on the internet‘.
- ‘It isn’t very good’ – Harold Pinter will not be remembered for his poetry.
Image: Trigger Mortis: A James Bond Novel