Helen Fielding has won a pig… and the UK’s only prize for comic writing, all thanks to Bridget Jones’ Baby.

Amazon’s Prime Reading service is coming to the UK.

Ahead of the Hay Festival’s 30th birthday later this month, Red online rounds up the best 2017  summer literary festivals, starting with Bath this weekend.

The longlist for the Bath Novel Award, one of the most prestigious awards for unpublished authors, is out today. Shortlisted novels in the past have included Baby Doll by Hollie Overton, a besteller and Richard & Judy Pick, and Friend Request by Laura Marshall, due out this summer.

Among the new books out today are Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman, by HarperCollins, and the little lot below from Bloomsbury.

Richard Lea interviews Patty Yumi Cottrell about her novel, Sorry to Disrupt the Peaceand Ian Samson reviews A Talent for Murder by Andrew Wilson, a fictionalisation of the life of Agatha Christie. 

The Richard and Judy Book Club podcast discusses This Must Be the Place by Maggie O’Farrell.

In this week’s Spectator Books podcast, Sam Leith talks to Jules Evans about his new book The Art of Losing Control: A Philosopher’s Search for Ecstatic Experience.

 

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