Here’s a roundup of Day One London Book Fair news, including Benedict Cumberbatch optioning a Matt Haig novel. That’s just one of many of the far-more-than-ever book-to-screen deals, thank in large part to the rise in platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime.
This week’s Guardian Books podcast brings us further news from the London Book Fair, as well as an interviews with Nigerian novelist Ayòbámi Adébáyò, whose debut novel Stay With Me came out in the UK earlier this month and will be out in the US in August.
And in further evidence that the kids are all right, younger generations are driving the demand for print as ebook sales continue to fall.
The Wellcome prize shortlist has been announced, with six books in contention for the annual award for excellence in science and health writing.
Oxford’s Bodleian Library is to release a title featuring illustrations, letters and other material from J R R Tolkien’s archives to coincide with a major exhibition on The Lord of the Rings author in 2018.