Been dying to watch The Handmaid’s Tale? Now there’s finally a way to do so legally from the UK: thank you, Channel 4.

Betty Trask left a bequest to the Society of Authors in 1983 to fund prizes for first novels written by authors under the age of 35 in a traditional or romantic style. The shortlist for this year’s prize is out, including, for the first time, a self-published novel.

The Hay Festival is to keep helping fund Hay-on-Wye Library’s operating costs offering a “short-term fix for a long-term problem”.

Danuta Kean explains why the latest Amazon shenanigans will cost authors dearly. The deceptive one-click-for-used books change has not arrived in the UK yet, but it’s probably not too long away — and it’s sparking calls for a Fair Reading movement in the vein of the Fair Trade movement.

The Guardian rounds up the top 10 novels about Pakistan.

Also on the Guardian: reviews of October, by China Mieville, which revisits the Russian revolution, A Generation of Sociopaths: How the Baby Boomers America (and the world), by Bruce Cannon Gibney, Tracey Chevalier’s New Boy, a modern retelling of Othello.

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