Warning: I am about to utter one of the most powerful buzz-words in publishing right now… ‘BookTok’ – a cute and classic blend of ‘book’ with the social media platform TikTok. Headlines have praised this as a renaissance in publishing, the industry-saving beam of hope that we’ve all been searching for since the release of the last Harry Potter book. During the first lockdown, BookTok grew to become an enormous force in the publishing, and all we have to do is turn to the phenomenon of Ice Planet Barbarians by Ruby Dixon to see its power. The Ice Planet Barbarians … Continue reading The Book Series That Broke the Internet: An Introduction to the Tik Tok Sensation Ice Planet Barbarians
Zhang Yueran is one of China’s most exciting up and coming writers. International literature specialists World Editions publish her new novel, Cocoon, on 8 October. World Editions Publisher Judith Uyterlinde describes how she discovered the book: “Years ago, I read Jung Chang’s Wild Swans, and was blown away by that story of three generations of women in twentieth-century China. Chang’s book was a wonderful voyage into a country that until then had been relatively unknown to me. After that initial encounter I read many other novels set in China, but none of them excited me as much as this captivating generational … Continue reading Chinese superstar Zhang Yueran’s Cocoon – now in Jeremy Tiang’s new translation, hailed by Ian McEwan as a ‘triumph’
As Women in Translation Month celebrations come to a close, we sat down with World Editions’ translator Anne M. Appel to talk about her experiences as a woman working in translation, and how the next generations of literary translators can … Continue reading How To Be A Literary Translator: Ask A Translator with Anna M. Appel
‘When my Scottish fiancée and I decided to get married, the consul at the High Commission in Malawi asked me: “Are you marrying Susan to get a British passport?” My reply to that was deliberate. “Not really” I said. The … Continue reading The Jive Talker: ‘Antelope’ sculptor dives deep into cultural and personal histories
This month has been hot hot hot so far, and lets be honest, there’s only one way to truly handle the heat: like Daisy Buchanan, you’ll find us reclined on a chaise longue with a tall glass of iced tea, … Continue reading Hot New Reads to Get You Through the Heat Wave — July Fiction Preview
Oof! Time sure does fly when you’re busy reading, doesn’t it? Half the year has passed us by, and it’s already time for the second part of our 2022 queer lit preview. You know the drill by now: we walk … Continue reading Queer Lit Preview — New LGBTQ+ Fiction coming out in Autumn/Winter 2022
For June’s book of the month, we’ve picked Fish Swimming in Dappled Sunlight, a psychological thriller written by bestselling writer Riku Onda and translated from the Japanese by Alison Watts. This is set to become Summer’s essential read for fans … Continue reading Fish Swimming in Dappled Sunlight – June Book of the Month
Most of us can probably recite that scene with the gym teacher in Mean Girls by heart: “Don’t have sex or you will get pregnant… and you will die”. As much as it makes us laugh, a lot of millennial … Continue reading Beyond the Birds and the Bees: New Sex Ed Books for modern parents and curious kids.
For most of us, Summer 2022 will be our first “proper summer” out of lockdown. But even as your insta feeds flood with photos of sunsets and people holding daiquiris in bikinis, you might still be land-locked. Or maybe you’re … Continue reading Travel Books, Maps and Guides to Inspire your Summer!
Happy Valentines Day to all you hopeless romantics out there! We may not have chocolates and red roses, but we obviously have a Valentines Day treat that’s even better… BOOKS! We’ve got all of the romance your heart is yearning … Continue reading Love, Sex and Aliens: Unique Romance Reads to Fall in Love with this Year