Everyone’s talking about Manchester today. Or at least The Guardian is, with this list of the best books about the city. And the Bookseller is, with the news that Manchester has the most self-published authors per capita in the UK

The latest UK top 10 is here, with a book about the making of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Mary Berry Everyday in first and second positions respectively.

Do two unpublished novels make you a failed author, as one writer seems to think? Arguably, no, says another, but quitting does.

The Bookseller round up April trends in cover design and over at Book Riot, Maggie Harcourt’s Unconventional makes the list of favourite covers of the year so far

On Lit Hub,  Alexander McCall Smith writes in praise of W H Auden.

A German book illustrator who lives in the UK has slammed the impact of Brexit on the arts

BookTrust has announced the Honour Titles for In Other Words, its translation projection which showcases children’s books from outside the UK and encourages British publishers to acquire titles from the non-English speaking world. 

The Guardian reviews Alex Baldwin’s memoir, Nevertheless, as well as The Death of a She Devil, by Fay Weldon, and The Surreal Life of Leonora Carrington, by Joanna Moorhead.