As someone who has always wanted to work in the publishing industry, it has always been out of reach to me as I don't have a degree. This month, Penguin announced that they were scrapping their requirement for applicants to have a degree....and all I can say is ABOUT TIME! A degree does not necessary mean someone will perform better in the role, and seeing as though publishing is about noticing great new literary talent and promoting it, the last time I checked you didn't need to a four year University degree to recognise a good book. Hopefully other publishing companies will follow suit and the world of publishing will become more inclusive.
You can check out the announcement in the Guardian here.
There's a NEW Beatrix Potter book
This year is the 150th Anniversary of one of my favourite authors, and it was announced a few days ago that a brand new previously unpublished Beatrix Potter story will be published in September this year. Called 'The Tale of Kitty in Boots', the new story will be illustrated by renowned illustrator Quentin Blake (Roald Dahl's illustrator). I'll be queuing up on the doorstep of my local book store to get my hands on this when it is published!
Read the official announcement online here.
Jessie Burton firmly cemented herself on my 'favourite authors' list when I read her debut novel The Miniaturist. I love this book so much that I recommend it to whoever will listen to me, and in June this year Jessie Burton is releasing her next novel entitled The Muse. This is another book I cannot wait to get my hands on!
Read the full article on The Bookseller website here.
From the page to the screen
Sara Sheridan's feisty heroine Mirabelle Bevan will be hitting the screens in the near future after STV bought the rights to the series. Set in the 1950s Mirabelle Bevan is a sleuth and she reminds me so much of my favourite Australian crime fighter Phryne Fisher. There's so far four books in the series, so if you want to get up to speed you'll have to get yourself a copy of the first in the series Brighton Belle.
Read the full announcement here.
I do so love a book festival. The Glasgow Book Festival 'Aye Write' is back from another year and their jam- packed programme was released yesterday. I've already got my tickets to see Louis de Bernieres and Lucy Ribchester in conversation with the awesome Peggy Hughes (side note- Peggy Hughes is a wonderful interviewer and you should see her in action).
Click here to see the whole line up for 2016.
January has been a busy book month. I hope you've been enjoying all of my BOOK REVIEWS. If you've heard some interesting book news please get in touch and let me know!