Guidelines!

We’ve spotted this fabulously useful Top Ten over on the Allen & Unwin website. Read carefully and apply. Lather, rinse, repeat.

Another Telegraph Best-Of…

The Telegraph’s done a Best Cult Books list. A contentious proposition, the list includes the classics like Slaughterhouse 5, Catch-22 and Gravity’s Rainbow, plus slightly unexpected entries like Dr Spock’s Baby and Child Care, and Naomi Wolfe’s Beauty Myth. And of course, the comments on the page are full of ‘But you missed…’ and ‘That’s not a cult … Continue reading »

Best Books blurbs

The Telegraph’s 110 Best Books is interesting for the blurbs alone. For example: Heroine meets hero and hates him. Is charmed by a cad. A family crisis – caused by the cad – is resolved by the hero. The heroine sees him for what he really is and realises (after visiting his enormous house) that she … Continue reading »

Dymocks’ Top 101 Best Books

This has been out for a couple of weeks now, but Dymocks have announced their Top101 Booklovers’ Best as voted by their customers. The list is largely pretty predictable but does contain a healthy mix of classics (The Lord of the Rings at No. 2, The Catcher in the Rye at No. 66), and contemporary (The Time Traveller’s Wife, … Continue reading »

15 Predictions for 2008

Mike Shatzkin, US expert on digital change, has written this article for Publisher’s Weekly that identifies the 15 trends he thinks will impact the most on the writing and publishing industry in the near future. Not reading trends – he’s not predicting a rise in the popularity of historical fiction, or novels about Hiroshima – but larger trends in … Continue reading »

Creative Juice

The List Universe has, among many other lists, picked out 15 great alcoholics, who also happened to be writers. The list includes Truman Capote, Hunter S. Thompson, and, of course, Ernest Hemingway. Dorothy Parker is the only woman, but perhaps that’s a reflection of history’s attitude to women writers. Or maybe Austen and the Brontes’ … Continue reading »