Today is a bumper day for noteworthy new releases in the UK.

After her number one bestselling debut a couple of years ago, The Versions of Us, Laura Barnett has her second book out. It’s called Greatest Hits, and how cool is this: “singer-songwriter Kathryn Williams teamed up with author Laura Barnett to put music to the lyrics in her newest book, resulting in an album of original music to accompany the novel.” You can listen on the Pool’s website.

Also out today in the UK: Amanda Craig’s The Lie of the Land, Matthew Engel’s That’s The Way It Crumbles: The American Conquest of English and Andrew O’Hagan’s The Secret Life, which explores the boundaries between cyber reality and actual reality.

Publishing and the public have rallied around Newham Bookshop’s appeal for the Grenfell Tower victims.

Roald Dahl has scooped the top three places in a list of the UK’s favourite children’s reads from the past 80 years.

An uncorrected Harry Potter proof with a ‘J A Rowling’ typo has fetched £10k at auction.

The latest book being discussed on Richard and Judy’s book club podcast is Conclave, by Richard Harris.


As always, all books mentioned in this post can be bought postage-free, worldwide, from