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Luxury French publisher Assouline to open bookshop in London

Luxury international bookseller and publisher Assouline is to open a new store in London’s Piccadilly.<p>The company, which claims to sell “the most …

City Politics

Literary drinking spots you can actually visit

“I went to the worst of bars hoping to get killed but all I could do was to get drunk again.”<p>Charles Bukowski wasn't the only notable scribe to seek …

Literature

12 Literary Spots In London That Every Book Lover Needs To Visit

A guide to the best (and mostly free) places to channel some of the city's greatest writers and celebrate their works.

England

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London Non-Fiction Roundup: May 2014

<i>A selection of new books about the capital. All can be found in or ordered from your local independent book shop.</i><p>All That Is Solid, by Danny …

London Book Fair: the quest for digital innovation

The search for the next publishing sensation, and digital business model, dominated the agenda at the opening day of the annual London Book Fair on Tuesday.<p>The head of the industry trade body warned that simply "turning a book into a PDF" was not innovative enough to capture readers' imaginations …

Africa39: how we chose the writers for Port Harcourt World Book Capital 2014

Among the first events of this week's London Book Fair (LBF) was a breakfast press conference to reveal an eagerly anticipated rollcall of 39 writers under the age of 40 from Africa and its diaspora. This afternoon, at a second briefing in the presence of Nigerian Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka, the …

What book would you send to someone in prison?

“Books represent a lifeline behind bars, a way of nourishing the mind and filling the many hours that prisoners spend locked in their cells.” This was the main thrust of the letter that more than 80 prominent members of the British literary establishment sent to justice secretary Chris Grayling …

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Book club + Audio

October 2014<p>Travel writer Robert Macfarlane came to the Guardian book club to discuss his exploration of the ancient tracks that crisscross the globe<p>Podcast<p>Published: 24 Oct 2014<p>August 2014<p>The Nigerian author came to the Guardian book club to talk about race, politics and hair in her latest novel, …

Books

Creative writing professor Hanif Kureishi says such courses are 'a waste of time'

Creative writing courses are a "waste of time", according to the novelist – and creative writing teacher – Hanif Kureishi, who says that "a lot of my students just can't tell a story".<p>Kureishi, whose debut novel The Buddha of Suburbia won the Whitbread first novel prize, was speaking at the …

Authors Tighten Up Their Stories For Twitter Fiction Festival

Can fiction really be told in 140 characters or less? NPR's Rachel Martin asks best-selling author Brad Meltzer, who participated in this year's Twitter Fiction Festival, that very question.<p>Transcript<p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:<p>I will now attempt to introduce this story in 140 characters or less. This …

#Twitterfiction festival 2014: what you are (and are not) missing

Alexander McCall-Smith, Anne Boleyn's dog and God himself are taking part in this year's Twitter Fiction Festival, which is running over four days until March 16.<p>Authors, poets, humorists and novices have been selected to write 140-character stories and tweet them out with the hashtag …

Waterstones boss James Daunt: 'We can sell enough books to stay alive'

James Daunt, the Waterstones managing director, says that the "plateauing" of ebook sales means the UK's largest dedicated high-street bookseller is now "confident we can sell enough books to keep ourselves alive".<p>Daunt is speaking after an industry conference on Thursday, where he has told a room …

Women's Library to reopen doors at London School of Economics

The Women's Library, the oldest and most extensive collection on women's history in Europe, is about to open its doors again in what campaigners hope will be a permanent home, after almost a century of repeatedly having to pack up and move a unique archive of books, letters, diaries, magazines, …

Tale of two cities: UK library twins with French counterpart

In Westminster, closer working with neighbouring Kensington & Chelsea and Hammersmith & Fulham councils as part of the tri-borough arrangement has helped to save libraries from closure.<p>With that success, it is natural to ask if there are any other innovative partnerships that could benefit …

London Book And Poetry Events: 6 February-12 February 2014

<i>Author appearances, poetry and spoken word events in London this week</i><p>Thursday 6 February<p>Philosopher Alain de Botton introduces his latest book, The …

London travel tips: jazz beats, books and beans in Foyles

I first found Foyles cafe through the John Peel show. Peel used to talk a lot about Ray's Jazz Shop and, after a refurbishment, Ray's was situated in the cafe on the first floor of Foyles bookshop. Walking in, my first thought was: "What genius!" It's just an incredible place to sit and listen to …

Peter Campbell's London Review of Books covers

Peter Campbell, who died this week, was the resident designer and art critic for the London Review of Books. As well as being its most prolific contributor, he also produced the glorious cover illustrations that so distinguished the magazine. Take a look through our gallery of some of his best work

Guardian Books podcast: London Book Fair and Granta's Best Young Novelists

In this week's podcast we stay close to home, with a trip around the London Book Fair to find out what is exciting publishers, writers and readers as the industry begins to come to terms with the new economic – and creative – realities. We hear from Ian Pears about his novel-in-progress, Arcadia, a …

Next-generation ebooks introduced at London Book Fair

Fiction edged its way closer to a digital incarnation with the publication this week of an interactive visual version of John Buchan's classic thriller, The Thirty-Nine Steps.<p>Publisher Faber&Faber announced that it had up with two software publishers and a developer, The Story Mechanics, to create …

Why so few women in the London Review of Books?

I emailed a nice man at the London Review of Books. My subscription had lapsed and I'd decided, quietly, not to renew.<p>Was there a reason I wasn't renewing? Well, now that you mention it, yes, there was a reason, absolutely. And since they were asking, I wrote back and told them.<p>The problem was the …

London book benches: are you sitting comfortably?

Visitors to London will able to enjoy books in a new way next summer – by sitting on them.<p>Benches resembling giant open books, the volumes ranging from Kenneth Grahame's Wind in the Willows to George Orwell's 1984, will be installed at various sites in the capital for a stretch of 10 weeks.<p>JM …

London Non-Fiction Book Roundup: November 2013

<i>A round up of London books that landed on our desk over the past few weeks.</i><p>Note: links lead to the publisher's website. We recommend you buy these …

2014 in books: an alternative calendar

<b>January</b><br>Loud press acclaim and record box office takings follows the opening of the Royal Shakespeare Company's adaptations of Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies (8th). This news causes a flurry of excitement elsewhere in the arts, with plans announced for a musical written by Elton …