The post-truth world and the falling pound could have their upsides, according to some, and be good news for British publishing. Industry insiders are optimistic about the year ahead, including about increased racial diversity among authors.

Ali Smith’s Autumn may have been the first major Brexit novel, but it certainly won’t be the last. Mark Billingham, Amanda Craig and Douglas Board have all written referendum-themed novels, with Craig’s The Lie of the Land forthcoming in June.

Beloved Scottish crime writer Ian Rankin is planning to celebrate the 30th anniversary of his first John Rebus novel with a weekend festival of literature, music, art and film in Edinburgh this summer.

The latest Potterverse news is a new redesign of Quidditch Through the Ages
and The Tales of Beedle the Bard.

The latest BBC Books and Authors podcast features book translating, unhappy books that make us happy, and  Nadeem Aslam, who discusses his latest book, The Golden Legend.

Over on Book Riot, we’re introduced to the British Books Challenge and given a literary tour of Lewes. It also turns out that one of their most popular books last month was British, though it perhaps wasn’t the most erudite literature: the British Swear Word Colouring Book.

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