Archive for July, 2006

Book Review: Plum Sykes

Around fashionistas I always have the overwhelming desire to drag them to the nearest greasy spoon and ram carbohydrates down their elegant anorexic throats.

Plagiarism: The Opal Mehta case

You can bet the blood of more than one publisher ran cold at allegations last week that 19-year-old author Kaavya Viswanathan was a plagiarist. But no one should be surprised. The scandal is the inevitable consequence of a kind of Pop Idol publishing, which values spin over substance

Joanna Trollope: Sibling rivalry

Joanna Trollope, whose latest novel is Brother and Sister, talks to Danuta Kean about adoption, identity crisis and sniping hackettes

Monica Ali interview

Monica Ali did not intend to produce her new novel Alentejo Blue. The acclaimed author of Brick Lane had quite another book in mind when she sat down to write the follow-up to her stunning debut.

Harry Potter: Hype after Harry

PUBLISHING IS LITTERED WITH the carcasses of pretenders to the Harry Potter throne, but this week the US publishing giant Random House put its money where its mouth is and announced that it was backing its choice for heir apparent, 21-year-old Christopher Paolini,

Buzz gives boost to industry showcases

Climbing the stairs of London’s National Gallery to open the city’s third annual design festival in September, Gordon Brown, the chancellor of the exchequer, turned to festival director Ben Evans and said: “We need more showcases like this.”

Why big names don’t mean best-sellers

Something has gone topsy-turvy in the world of books. Famous publishers are paying vast sums for so-called “big books” that wind up very quickly in the remainder shops. Meanwhile, the best-seller lists are topped by perfectly-formed, unprepossessing volumes from small independent firms that can hardly believe their good fortune. It is a reversal of the natural laws of publishing.

Toby Mundy: The optimistic Mr Mundy

Toby Mundy is an optimist at heart. By his own admission the youthful managing director of Atlantic Books, the UK offshoot of US independent Grove Atlantic, is a “glass half full” man. In the past year this optimism has been rewarded by a string of successes

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