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Thursday – 22nd June 2017

Listen to Yemisi Aribisala read from her book Longthroat Memoirs: Soup, Sex and Nigerian Tastebuds

Yemisi Aribasala’s Longthroat Memoirs: Soup, Sex and Nigerian Tastebuds is a sumptuous menu of essays about Nigerian food, lovingly presented by the nation’s top epicurean writer.

Wednesday – 21st June 2017

‘Reader, she married me …’ – Mr Rochester tells his side of the story

Reader, she married me … in Sarah Shoemaker’s debut novel Mr Rochester the beloved, enigmatic hero of Jane Eyre tells his story for the first time.

Fiston Mwanza Mujila’s Tram 83 wins 2017 Internationaler Literaturpreis

Fiston Mwanza Mujila and translators Katharina Meyer and Lena Müller are the winners of the ninth Internationaler Literaturpreis for translated contemporary literatures for the German translation of Tram 83.

Caine Prize winner announced soon – listen to the shortlisted stories read by the authors

The winner of the £10,000 2017 Caine Prize for African Writing will be announced at Senate House Library, London, in partnership with …

Tuesday – 20th June 2017

Literary Hub offers a look inside James Baldwin’s 1884-page FBI file

Literary Hub has published an edited excerpt from James Baldwin: The FBI File by William J Maxwell.

Monday – 19th June 2017

Wilbur Smith chats about the success of his latest book, Pharaoh

In his new worldwide number one bestseller, Pharaoh, Wilbur Smith returns to Ancient Egypt and transports you to extraordinary times.

Books by Barack Obama’s father written for African writers series come up for auction

The New York Times reports that original copies of books written by Barack Obama Sr, Barack Obama’s father, have resurfaced more than 50 years after they were written.

Thursday – 15th June 2017

Israeli author David Grossman wins Man Booker International Prize for A Horse Walks Into a Bar

Bestselling Israeli writer David Grossman has won the 2017 Man Booker International Prize for his ‘ambitious high-wire act of a novel’, A Horse Walks Into a Bar.

Win a hamper of books for Father’s Day!

Three winners will each receive a hamper of books for Father’s Day!

Wednesday – 14th June 2017

English really is weirder than pretty much every other language

John McWhorter, professor of linguistics and American studies at Columbia University and author of The Language Hoax, has written a piece for Aeon about the ‘weirdness’ of the English language.

Win a copy of Arundhati Roy’s new book The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

Penguin Random House SA is giving away three copies of Arundhati Roy’s long-awaited new novel, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness!

The spy who became England’s first successful female writer

Aphra Behn made a name for herself in Restoration-era England, when most women still relied on their husbands.

Tuesday – 13th June 2017

Read the opening chapter of The Woman in the Wood, the latest novel from Lesley Pearse

Penguin Random House has shared an excerpt from Lesley Pearse’s new novel: The Woman in the Wood.

75 years ago this week Anne Frank received a diary for her 13th birthday

On June 12, 1942, Anne Frank received a diary for her 13th birthday. She died within a few years in a Nazi concentration camp, but her diary was published and became a beloved read of people the world over.

The End of the Day, the stunning new novel by Claire North

The End of the Day is the stunning new novel by Claire North, author of word-of-mouth bestseller The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August.

Monday – 12th June 2017

Good books begin as bad drafts

The next time you are struggling with your own writing, recall this selection of pages from the drafts of great novels.

Read an excerpt from Sarah Perry’s award-winning novel The Essex Serpent

Sarah Perry’s new novel The Essex Serpent is a celebration of love, and the many different shapes it can take.

Rule-breaking quotations from rebel women, including Charlotte Bronte, Frida Kahlo and Amelia Earhart

Empowering, moving and inspirational, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls introduces true fairy tales for heroines who definitely don’t need rescuing.

Thursday – 8th June 2017

Young and queer in London and Port Harcourt: Olumide Popoola’s debut novel When We Speak of Nothing

When We Speak of Nothing launches a powerful new voice onto the literary stage. The fluid prose, peppered with contemporary slang, captures what it means to be young and queer in London and Port Harcourt. If grime music were a novel, it would be this.

Wednesday – 7th June 2017

Writing tips from John Grisham

Bestselling author John Grisham’s 30th novel, Camino Island, is out now from Jonathan Ball.