Who Wants to be Normal?
Dominic Wilcox's new inventions book Variations on Normal is packed full of illustrations like this one and promises to make life a little bit easier, or at least a lot more amusing. Loved by Harry Hill and Paul Smith to name but two this pocket sized(ish) book is fun, beautiful and bursting with imagination.
Win tickets to hear Ian McEwan talk about his latest novel The Children Act.
For your chance to win a pair of tickets to Ian McEwan's Cadogan Hall event organised by the Guardian on 1st September simply email firstname.lastname@example.org with the answer to the following question:
What is the title of Ian McEwan's first published book?
The winner will be drawn at random and contacted on Tuesday 26th August.
Birdsong, A Reading
To mark the centenary of the First World War Sebastian Faulks reads from Birdsong, the definitive First World War novel. This is a preview taken from the August Podcast coming later this month.
Author Interview: Bethan Roberts discusses Mother Island
Novelist Bethan Roberts talks about her latest novel, Mother Island. A story of abduction and a tale of two women and their love for one little boy. Read here.
VINTAGE ON THE MAN BOOKER LONGLIST
Announced at Noon today, Vintage has three books on the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2014 longlist, The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan, J by Howard Jacobson and The Lives of Others by Neel Mukherjee. Congratulations to our authors. For extra content on each of the books see here. To view the full longlist, visit the Man Booker website here.
The Young and Prodigious TS Spivet
Read author Reif Larsen's wonderful article for the Guardian on having his book, The Young and Prodigious T.S Spivet adapted for the big screen. Read here.
Gillian Flynn to retell Hamlet for the Hogarth Shakespeare
Gillian Flynn, author of the critically acclaimed, multi-million copy bestseller Gone Girl, will write a novel based on Hamlet for the Hogarth Shakespeare series, a major international publishing initiative across the Penguin Random House Group that presents retellings of Shakespeare for contemporary readers by some of today’s best-known international writers. More here.
Choosing Summer Reads
Sam Ruddock at Writers’ Centre Norwich on the joys of choosing the Summer Read programme. Read more.
Sprechen Sie Deutsch?
Entries are now open for the annual Harvill Secker Young Translators' Prize. Find out more here.